Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Future Starts Here; HOMES & PROPERTY If You Want the Very Latest for Your Home from Young, Innovative Designers, Read on. Barbara Chandler Rounds Up the Best of 100% Design

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Future Starts Here; HOMES & PROPERTY If You Want the Very Latest for Your Home from Young, Innovative Designers, Read on. Barbara Chandler Rounds Up the Best of 100% Design

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

THIS year's 100% Design inspired some of our finest young creatives to produce fresh and exciting products using innovative and exciting materials.

Here, Homes & Property rounds up the best on offer: these are the household items of the future.

100% Design is unique because giant brands (Formica, Ideal-Standard, Corian, Perspex, Amtico et al) have stands cheek-by-jowl with names nobody has heard of - as yet.

Products are mostly accessible now, but some are in development or prototypes. In many cases, you can buy direct from young makers showing for the first time. They are inspired and motivated by the unstinting support of promotional bodies such as 100% Foundation, Hidden Art, Design-Nation and the Crafts Council.

Exhibitors came from around the world, including Japan, Lebanon, Belgium, Lithuania and Argentina. This is a show that puts you in touch with trends worldwide.

London's highlight was the Hidden Art stand, a showstopper with bright new work from 12 east London designers.

Not for nothing is Gala Wright a physics graduate with a degree in Furniture Design and Realisation from London Metropolitan University. This formidable training has produced the slim-line Luft Lounger, the essence of elegant engineering, with its tubular stainless-steel frame and changeable fabric cover. Wright has developed a folding mechanism so the chair can be stored easily; but it is smart enough to use indoors all year round. Call Gala Wright on 020 7229 1482 or see her work at www.hiddenart.com.

Julian Mayor, also a Hidden Artist from east London, uses strips of birch ply set in parallel lines and then bent to form curves for the seat and back of sculptural chairs.

They look their best when light shines through them, casting strips of shadow on the floor and walls. Says Mayor: "My chairs show how worlds can meet: man and machine, organic and geometric." For more information, email info@julianmayor.com or visit www.julian mayor.com.

Deckchair plus grasshopper equals the Deckhopper, a super, slimline chair made with a stainlesssteel frame and supporting struts of black polyamide that adjusts to three lounging positions. …

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