100% Design – My View

The 100% Design show was bigger but not necesarily better than last year, it seemed to have a less cutting edge feel to it but that’s not to say there wasn’t some great design on show. There was a very strong international presence, and I particuarly liked some of the exhibits from China.

I was struck by the contrast with old and new, Original BTC were showing their wonderful classic lighting designs, but other designers such as Jacco Maris from Holland were showing their amazing contemporary designs.

Another strong contrast was in furniture design, where you could see the Novague stacking Edge chair in comparison to beautiful Danish design from Paere Dansk. It was also great to see some  young British furniture makers, producing wonderfully made design classics of ther own. My favourites were Young and Norgate and Trett Design.

Ceramics were particularly well presented, with some really unusual shapes and finishes.  But for a show stopping look for your bathroom, look no further than Alex Turco waterproof art panels.  Keep everything else simple in the room and let these stylish panels create the wow factor!

Dulux paints were showcasing their new idea to help people choose the right white for their room.  The idea is to have a colour card with the right shades of white to go with the textures in the room, for example what would look good with a certain type of wood or stone.  Very useful, as choosing whites is a surprisingly tricky business, and getting it right can make all the difference to a room.