100% Design 2014
23-26 September 2015
 Olympia London 

Talks with 100% Design

The theme for the year’s 100% Design is serendipity. Inspired by a Piranesi quote, “By messing about we discover”, the talks programme will look at the element of chance in the design process. This includes where designers happen upon inspiration, the happy accident, discussion of deliberately chosen materials that wear/erode in a certain way to create a product, right through to processes that engage with chance where the designer doesn’t know what the end product will be, and where discarded materials and chance finds provide the starting point for inspiration. 

Also on - Don’t miss the great talks at our new Forum stage in International Pavilions. With daily masterclasses on colour, courtesy of Dulux Trade and Global Colour Research, presentations from the Society of British Interior Designers on topics from kitchen design to integrating technology, and production company Inition demoing its latest augmented reality projects as a new immersive way for architects and property developers to market their buildings, there’s plenty to get stuck into. Click here to see the Forum programme.

Wednesday 17 September, Auditorium

Philippe Starck11:00 Philippe Starck: My inspiration

Philippe Starck in conversation with Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers. Starck will discuss his inspiration through a series of images, touching upon the talks programme’s overall theme of serendipity. Philippe Starck will open 100% Design this September to coincide with the unveiling of Flexible Architecture, his new ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Sant’Agostino, which will be on show at 100% Design on Capitol Designer Studio’s, stand E600.

12:30 Design Futures: interiors

Curating Contemporary Design MA students from Kingston University present their pick of young designers exploring what the next 20 years might hold for design. Today examines how data might drive the design of new interior spaces. Speakers include Fabio Lattanzi Antinori who has created an installation featuring conductive paint with sensors that react to passersby, Jiayu Liu who translates data into multi-sensory experiences, and architect Nick Wood, founder of HowAbout Studio, who combines craft and digital technologies to create new spatial experiences.

Nina Tolstrup13:30 Chance Encounters: recycling

The first in a series of daily talks dealing with the role chance plays in design. Featuring Nina Tolstrup who is interested in material recycling and upcycling, Julia Lohmann who founded the Department of Seaweed last year as part of her residency at the V&A Museum to create new materials and objects, and architect Duncan Baker Brown, who has built a house made entirely of waste. Chaired by design journalist Clare Dowdy. 


Professor Charles Spence15:00 Beyond architecture: designing a multisensory space

Just think how rich our environments could be if alongside the visual we designed with sound, texture, taste and smell. Join world-leading, experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence whose research looks at how better understanding our minds will create better environments and Adam Scott from creative agency Freestate, an experience designer who has designed multisensory spaces for clients including Sony and Samsung. Chairing is Emily Hare of Contagious magazine.


16:30 The Big Question: Should architecture play a social role in society?

To what extent should architects be responsible for the social impact of their buildings? What about other stakeholders such as planners, developers and politicians? William Mann from Stirling Prize-winning practice Witherford Watson Mann and David Bickle of Hawkins Brown explore the issue in a session chaired by Sam Jacob. 


Thursday 18 September - Auditorium

Jamie Hayon11:00 Jaime Hayon: My inspiration

Jaime Hayon in conversation with Christopher Turner, editor of Icon magazine. Hayon will discuss his inspiration through a series of images, touching upon the talks programme’s overall theme of serendipity. 



12:30  Design Futures: architecture

Today’s talk by Curating Contemporary Design MA students from Kingston University looks at how social networking can transform architecture and the quality of our lives over the next 20 years. Speakers include campaigner for affordable workspaces Richard Brown who has set up self build, live/work units in Hackney Wick, James Christian who specialises in building spaces that challenge socio-political themes and was involved in Anything But Grey, a project which added pink cladding to a park keeper’s hut. And architects vPPR whose work includes The City of Sleep, a concept for a series of hammocks in the city for people to take a break from the fast pace of metropolitan life.

13:30 Chance Encounters: process

We examine the role of chance in the process of making. Product designers Studio Glithero talk about capturing the beauty of the moment things are made, El Ultimo Grito speak about experimenting with materials, while Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek discusses his 3D-printed furniture bound together with mycelium, meaning his chairs grow mushrooms, therefore continuing to live and evolve. The chair is Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts magazine.

SIMON ALFORD15:00 Designing with data: is this the future for designing buildings? 

Why guess how a building should work when you can design using data? Are tech-loving clients demanding new kinds of buildings? Ryan Mullenix from architects NBBJ discusses their use of computational design for the likes of Google and Samsung, and is joined by Simon Allford of AHMM, currently working on offices for Google and Scotland Yard. Joining them is Professor Russell Foster, an expert on circadian neuroscience, whose research examines the impact of light on wellbeing and performance. Juliette Morgan from Tech City chairs.  

Ross Lovegrove16:30 The Big Question: Will biomimicry hold the answers for architecture and design?

If we imitate nature, will we design better buildings and products? Leading architect in this field, Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture, joins Ross Lovegrove – whose inspiration from flora and fauna is well noted. Chaired by Kati Price of the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Jamie Anley18:00 100% Design Pecha Kucha

Curated and hosted by Pecha Kucha founder, architect Mark Dytham, this anniversary event celebrates 20 years of 100% Design by inviting key figures from the show’s past to present 20 slides in 20 seconds each on the theme of ‘20’. Speakers include Jaime Anley, Tomoka Azumi, Nick Crosbie, Ella Doran, Luke Pearson, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Nina Tolstrup and Gareth Williams.



Friday 19 September - Auditorium

Maxim Velcovsky11:00 Designer Ineke Hans in conversation in conversation with Disegno editor in chief Johanna Agermann Ross 

Hans will discuss her inspiration through a series of images, touching upon the talks programme’s overall theme of serendipity. 




12:30 Design Futures: product design

The final talk curated by Curating Contemporary Design MA students from Kingston University examines how rethinking materials will reshape product design. Katrin Baumgarten, director of creative consultancy Hirsch and Mann, has worked with clients ranging from Nike and Wolff Olins to the Science Museum, talks about the merger of digital and physical technology. James Stoklund develops products that re-approach established designs such as the Untitled utensil collection which considers functionality and food in a playful way. Studio Swine, whose Sea Chair made from plastic recycled from our oceans featured in last year’s Designs of the Year, has an ongoing fascination with materials seen in recent projects such as Can City, a mobile foundry that creating products at the roadside in Sao Paulo by recycling aluminium cans and Hair Highway, an investigation of the global hair market.

Assemble13:30 Chance Encounters: community and open-source design

The final panel in the series examines the role of chance when architects and designers deliberately engage with others. The panel includes Maria Lisogorskaya from architect collective Assemble, Nick Ierodiaconou from OpenDesk and Oliver Waddington-Ball, from Goldfinger Factory, a local upcycling and learning hub. Chairing is Shumi Bose, senior editor at Blueprint. 


Mark Eley15:00 Mind the gap: why the disconnection between architects and designers? 

What if architects and interior designers worked more closely? Would collaboration make for far richer projects? Speakers include Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto about his new interiors projects, and Jason Holley, architect and director at Universal Design Studio. Andrew Stone, Deputy Dean and Head of Interiors at Cass Institute of Architecture and Design chairs. 

Lynda Relph Knight16:30 The Big Question: In today’s online world, what is the role of a shop?

Lynda Relph Knight chairs a debate on the future of retail. Speakers include Oliver White of Heal’s, on its successful rebranding, Chloe Macintosh, creative director of made.com, the innovative online retailer which also has two showrooms, and Ross Phillipps from Dalziel & Pow who create shops for some of the world’s biggest brands.



Saturday 20 September - Auditorium

Barber Osgerby10:00 DM25 - What Next for Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby? Ticketed

Design museum Director Deyan Sudjic talks to Internationally renowned designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby about their work and next projects as part of the Design Museum’s What Next? Talks series, which celebrates the museum’s 25th birthday and raises important funds for the museum’s future. Tickets are £25 and you can book tickets through ticketweb.co.uk. Once you have booked your ticket you will receive a VIP code for free entry to 100% Design. You must register for 100% Design to gain entry to the talk. 


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Talk begins promptly at 10am. Please arrive from 9.45 at Earls Court to take your seat in the El Ultimo Grito auditorium. 

Johannes Torpe11:30 Johannes Torpe: My inspiration 

Johannes, Torpe talks about his work as creative director of Bang & Olufsen with CEDIA Board Member, Will Brocklebank, director of home AV installation company, Face to Face Digital. 



Rachel Armstrong13:00 The Big Question: What impact will synthetic biology have on design?

Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO said, “One of the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be in the intersection of biology and technology.” What does this mean for design? The panel includes architect Rachel Armstrong who designs buildings that repair themselves, Daan Roosegaarde who has designed glow-in-the dark trees as replacements for streetlamps using bio-luminscent qualities of jellyfish, and Carole Collett an academic and researcher who works at the intersection of biology and textiles, and has reprogrammed strawberry plants of create lace from its roots. Kirsty Minns, creative director of The Future Laboratory, chairs. 


Sophie Robinson14:30 Interior designers: designer or decorator?

Join writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff and panellists Daniel Hopwood and Sophie Robinson, judges on the BBC2 programme, The Great Interior Design Challenge, as they discuss their work as designers and the role that TV shows of the past have played in the perception of what interior designers do compared to the reality.


Dan Hopwood16:30 How to become an interior designer

Dan Hopwood, President of the British Institute of Interior Design and design expert on TV’s Great Interior Design Challenge speaks to the winner and runner up of the first series, Sarah Moore and Jordan Cluroe, about the transition from amateur to professional.  





British Council Connect ZA: Maker Library Network Caravan at London Design Festival 2014
British Council Connect ZA: Maker Library Network Caravan at London Design Festival 2014

100% Design moves to Olympia London!
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Design Kaleidascope

The Design Kaleidoscope

100% Design has developed 'Design Kaleidoscope' as the theme for the 20th edition of the show, reflecting the diversity and rich history of the UK's largest and longest running contemporary design event; The Kaleidoscope provides the inspiration across the show's campaign and will inform both the talks programme and hubs at the show.


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