It comes around quicker than Christmas every year and is almost as exciting. Yes, 100% Design is virtually upon us, that time of year when the design world comes together like one big cosy family for four days of mixing, mingling and merrymaking. This year's show is 30 per cent bigger than last year's, and sees newcomers like MDF, Flexform and the Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative.
The AJ is hosting an Architects' Evening on the opening night, Thursday 5 October. Look out for your invitation in this week's AJ to join us for a drink in the bar.
Exchange your invitation at the bar for a free beer and a chance to enter our draw and you could win one of our fabulous prizes including return flights to Barcelona with go , the low cost airline from British Airways, an overnight stay for two with breakfast at the Great Eastern Hotel, the official hotel of 100% Design and a Trium C osmo -@ mobile phone.You MUST be in the bar when the draw is made at 20.30 to claim your prize.
Don't miss the AJ seminar on architect-designed houses on 5 October at 18.00. The event will be chaired by AJ editor Isabel Allen and Richard Murphy, Alfred Munkenbeck and James Soane will all discuss their work.
Admission to the seminar is free with entry on a first come, first served basis so get there early.
The AJ's exhibition of projects under £150k will be on show throughout 100% Design in the loading bay beneath the seminar room - those who can't make it to the show can view the projects at www.ajplus.co.uk/sprojects
INFLATE stand E46
The new rota moulded bed is a five part modular system that compacts down for easy storage and transportation. Fixture details are moulded into each modular panel. Tel 020 7251 5453.
WW.MODCONS stand J91
Terra Firma laser cut wooden parquet flooring using a repeat pattern of automotic pistols. Other designs are also available. Tel 020 7708 4154.
STURM & PLASTIC stand A39
A new product from this Italian company, the Elles Wall Stairs are available in red, white, yellow, grey or clear plastic. Tel 00 39 02 99040392.
DOMINIC CRINSON stand J19
Using software and a technique he developed himself, Domonic Crinson prints colourful images onto ceramic tiles. This year's designs include exotic fruit, vegetables and flowers. They are available on 15x15cm and 20x20cm ceramic tiles and most images can be scaled to any size. Tel 020 7613 2783.
INFLATE Stand E46
Sir Stickle light is soft rota moulded and can be stacked by pushing the spikes together just like sticklebricks. It is also strong enough to be used as a seat. Tel 020 7251 5453.
MAGIS stand H27 The new Pipe Dreams watering can designed by Jersey Seymour has two caps with different spouts and is made from blow moulded polyethylene. The UK agent for Magis is Pira Ltd, tel 01279 600620.
CORINNA DEAN AJ stand @The Loading Bay
Alongside our small projects exhibition you can see Corinna Dean's Strip Light, a light sculpture made from laminated strips of perspex. Tel 020 7739 8710.
PALLUCCO stand F44
Stilo designed by Carlo Tamborini. Available from Viaduct. Tel 020 7278 8456.
OYL stand H52
A new version of the Illuminating Woven Wire is to be launched at the show which can be wall mounted or hung to provide a subtle ambient light.
Using the latest technology in light emitting diodes, it is available in yellow/violet in various sizes. Tel 01363 837792.
SILENT GLISS stand L62
Kelly Hoppen has designed a new range of blinds and panels for Silent Gliss featuring simple shapes in a range of textures including leather, suede, perspex, silk, linen and wood. Tel 01843 863 571.
BODO SPERLEIN stand H10
The new range of stone furniture manufactured by Stone Age is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Handmade in limestone, the cubes, stools and low tables are available to order. Tel 020 7633 9413.
BALL stand D25
The Very Light Box designed by Ralph Ball features a rusted steel plate container filled with a collection of assorted light bulbs to act as diffusers for the central light source. Tel 020 7635 8792.
MARK stand H74
The new Light Brick consists of a rectangular aluminium shell with an internal lighting fixture. The bricks can be stacked, laid vertically or horizontally, or hooked onto the wall.
Finishes in black or silver.
Tel 020 7928 5122.
SHARON MARSTON stand H68
Marston's Spiral Pleat Pendant light uses woven nylon in gold, green, orange, lilac, pink, pale blue and white.
Size: 45x30x30cm. Tel 020 7490 7495.