Sunday, October 4, 2009 9:58 AM EDT
If there’s one thing London loves, it’s design in all forms. Straight on the tail of London’s world-famous fashion week, the 100% Design event exhibited innovative design in all forms this past four days. With hundreds of exhibitors, the fair is a decor junkie’s dream – with everything from state of the art furniture to wall decor to fixtures and more – 100% Design takes days to fully experience. Set in London’s lush West end in Earl’s Court, the fair is one of the most important in the world (there are 100% Design fairs in Shanghai, Beijing, Brazil, The Netherlands and Tokyo, too).
Fresh talent and cultivated designers united to display clever gadgets, sustainable forms of usable art and just plain great ideas. My favourites were mostly in the way of great furniture and innovative objects that weren’t only beautiful but practical. Of course I love cute items that feature skulls and robots, so I was delighted to find both. The Death by Music plates by Crazy Creations are just what the kitchen needs to be both inviting and edgy. And If I had enough room in my washroom, I’d be installing the Thomas de Lussac Robot Toilet Paper holder post haste.
If you’re looking for a novel way to spruce up your walls, Tears Off Wallpaper offers a unique way to do it.Tears Off Wallpaper lets you customize patterns by tearing off pieces of the paper yourself, creating your own design. If you’ve got kids and want to infuse the playroom with a little fun, ideapaint transforms any smooth surface into a dry erase writing surface. My favourite furniture designs came in the way of Deadgood, a true blue British company whose furniture is dead stunning (check out the Love Collection for all the tasteful heart designs I can handle).
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By Nicolle Weeks, a Canadian journalist in London, England