Tuesday, 31 August 2010

100% Design London

100% Sustainable

Sustainability is a key concept at 100% Design London this year, with a striking number of designers and companies using recycled, recyclable, local and traceable materials. Here is a selection of what's hot and what's new in sustainability to be found at this year's show.

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A trend in this year's offerings is upcycling. Lucy Turner takes tired pieces of furniture, painstakingly restores them and rids them of decades of oil, wax and grime, and finally breathes new life and style into them with the use of laser-cut and ultre-resistant Formica.

Other exhibitor's transforming something old into something new include Sarah-Jayne Guest who transforms vintage furniture with her vibrant fabric's and duo Miss Print who adorn vintage sideboards with new designs and make wallpaper from managed forests- new lines at the show.

Local and Traditional Skills

As part of Hidden Art's contribution to 100% Design, Alexena Cayless is showing her Cheany Chair, which was upholstered in tweed and leather and championed traditional shoe-making techniques.

Working and manufacturing locally keeps carbon emissions down; using old locally-based crafts and skills keeps them alive and well. Cornwall-based lighting and furniture company MARK believe in ethics and sustainability, manufacturing 80% of their products in Cornwall.

In the same way recent graduate James Michael Shaw (who recently won the New Designers 100% Design Award) is showing a sleek and utilitarian range of items made using the traditional and fast-disappearing craft of metal spinning.

Selections made here have been brought to you by Industry Publicity

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