Design News |November – December

Our round-up of the latest developments from the creative community.

100% DESIGN 2018

Here’s a date for your diary: the 24th edition of 100% Design takes place at London Olympia on 19-22 September 2018. Heatherwick Studio and architectural practice SPPARC have recently been appointed to transform the 130-year-old exhibition hall into a “world- leading arts, entertainment, exhibition and experiential district”. 100% Design has been a regular visitor to Olympia — this year’s edition drew up to 27,000 architects, designers, specifiers and members of the public. The UK’s largest design trade show — the commercial heart of London Design Festival in September — featured more than 400 exhibitors from across the globe. Highlights included the launch of Michael Young’s new collection for Gufram.


A former exhibitor at Clerkenwell Design Week, artist Jakob Kaye has drawn on traditional stitching techniques from Japan for his show at Sway Gallery. Sashiko Reflections runs from 17 November to 22 December at 70-72 Old Street (open 11am-7pm Monday to Friday). Sashiko, which means ‘little stab’, is a method that uses un-dyed thread on indigo cloth. As well as representing Buddhist motifs and protection symbols, the patterns have the functional task of strengthening clothes. Kaye, who’s based in Scotland, has taken this Eastern inspiration for a series of etched mirrors. Using the traditional Sashiko art in a new medium, the exhibition’s lighting and reflection promises to create a contemplative experience.


British furniture company Frövi has launched its new showroom at 28 St John’s Lane. It was created in partnership with interior designer Hannah Nardini. Having launched its last showroom three years ago in Turnmill Street during Clerkenwell Design Week, they have now expanded into a space three times the size. Combining British craftsmanship with a Scandinavian design influence (hence that company name — you wouldn’t guess the HQ was in Oxfordshire), Frövi has been going for more than 40 years. The latest collection for the workspace allows you to choose from mix and match colours, fabrics and frames, as well as browsing on-trend industrial styles like steel, vintage copper and brass.