DESIGN_It's London design festival time: yesterday 100% Design has officially started, that has this year a new dedicated International Pavilions hall forming an integrated but distinct section of 100% Design. International Pavilions contain a series of stands bringing together national, regional talent from around the world.
Furthermore, there's the International Hub designed by innovative London-based architecture practice Studio Glowacka in collaboration with Maria Fulford Architects. A dramatic and intriguing installation, provides a central space that both reflects and encourages the connections created in London, the creative capital of the world: 1500 meters of white A4 paper draped to create an undulating ceiling, which defines a central meeting and events space. Around the hub perimeter vertical paper strips drop down to the floor to define a permeable boundary. Paper Space is illuminated by borrowed light from the adjacent exhibitor structures, changing character like a paper chameleon depending on the neighbouring light conditions.
The Argentine pavilion showcases work of both emerging design talents and leading interior manufacturers from the region. Multi-award-winning Australian designers Adam Cornish, Edward Linacre, Viktor Legin and Stephanie Ng exhibit as a collective this year at the Australian Pavilion with a range of unique and innovative products, designed and manufactured Down Under.
Italian Südtirol (South Tyrol) manufacturing district, based in the northernmost region of Italy, showcases excellent craftsmanship paired with unconventional design and sustainable ideas that reflect a region abounding with contrasts. Here georgmuehlmann presents Melk-i,an ergonomic stool whose minimalist and original design has persuaded the red dot jury, too. Melk-i keeps in memory the oldest and most traditional seating of the alpine region, the milking stool. In addition, the essential oils off the Swiss pine, of whose wood Melk-i is made, slows down the pulse rate, stabilizes circulation, has a calming effect and generally increases well-being.
Korean design is enjoying a well-deserved rise in status and availability. Launched by Korean Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) in 2008, Korea Design has since demonstrated unrivalled global expansion in the design industry, and showcases the firms who have led the way at 100% Design this year.
Architect and designer Il Hoon Roh focuses on his passion of creating functional art. The Rami Bench is influenced by Il Hoon Roh's studies of lightweight, structurally optimised and efficient designs found in nature which have been formed and tested through the evolutionary process.
Finally, this year under the banner of 100% Portugal, the UK market can take a slice of Portugal’s most exciting and innovative product design, lighting & furniture. Bichos - created by Martinho Pita - are hand-made lamps and each branch is unique creating a new range of lamp species.