It's 100% Design time again, when the great and the good of the design world flock to Earls Court Two to see what's hot and happening in furniture, lighting, fabrics and floors. Designed by Ben Kelly, this year's show will include some 320 exhibitors, with well-established names jostling for space with the up-and-coming - a number of smaller stands are reserved for emerging design companies just to make sure the show stays cutting edge.
Shown here is a sneak preview of the best of the bunch, including furniture by David Chipperfield to be launched by Hitch Mylius; and, from Viaduct, Philippe Starck's stackable 'Toy chair' designed for Driade; also by Starck is a set of dumbbells originally designed for London's Sanderson Hotel. And if you can't envisage ever being in a position to specify dumbbells, bear in mind that they double as a small sculpture or handy doorstop - but then again, lots of things do.
Visitors will have a chance to see The Architects' Journal's exhibition of projects under £150,000, and aj readers are invited to the aj 100% Design architects' evening in the bar between 7 and 9pm on Thursday 23 September - but don't forget to pre-register to get into the show. Those brandishing an aj invite (to be inserted in a future issue of the aj) can exchange it for a free bottle of beer and will automatically be entered in a draw to win the Walter Knoll fk chair, supplied by Coexistence and pictured opposite. The winner will be announced on the night.
See you there.
100% Design will run from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 26 September at Earls Court Two London, from 10 am daily, closing at 9pm on Thursday; 7pm on Friday; 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.