London Design Festival…

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival  is one of the world’s most important annual design events. The Festival programme was made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

2012 heralds a new start for 100% Design. The UK’s largest contemporary design trade event is now under the ownership of event company Media 10 who are relaunching the event with a focus on both global and UK-based talent.

A completely new layout for 100% Design will encompass four distinct areas: Interiors, Kitchens& Bathrooms, Office and Eco Design and Build.

Designjunction was set to be the premier destination at this year’s LDF. Now in its second year, designjunction has cemented its reputation for showcasing the best in high-end, authentic design.

Nendo’s Mimicry Chairs comprises a series of elegant chair installations appearing in varying locations throughout the museum. Japanese design studio Nendo has created a simple chair archetype made from pressed and punched metal and painted white giving it an almost ghost-like appearance.

For each location, the chair has been modified to mimic the particular space and objects with which it is placed, so that it remains contextual to its surroundings. Visitors could sit on different chairs in the museum to observe and appreciate its wondrous collections.

London Design Festival is collaborating with the British furniture and lighting producer Established& Sons to create a series of one-off benches, each made from a different material. Leading designers including Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Barber Osgerby and Luca Nichetto are working with individual material suppliers to design a bench that exploits and accentuates the material’s inherent attributes.

This year, the London Design Medal will comprise three additional categories: Lifetime Achievement; Emerging talent; and Entrepreneur. Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo of El Ultimo Grito has been awarded. Two new awards were given this year: the first to Jane ní Dhulchaointig for Design Entrepreneur as the inventor of Sugru.

Five years ago she started her journey with a material that she invented at college – its development has taken her off into the broader areas of business to develop it, commercialise it, market it etc so it means a lot to be recognised at the creative forefront of the design industry. And finally Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg for Emerging Talent.

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