[September 19 - 22, Earl’s Court, London] This year’s show features a green design showroom and seminar hub
If you can find a free moment between Green Sky Thinking and Footprint’s green trail at Open House weekend, you might want to squeeze in a trip to 100% Design - the commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival.With a nod to this year’s theme of Future Living, 2012 marks the launch of 100% Design’s Eco Design & Build category. Footprint recommends taking your pick of the 4-day seminar stream in the eco-hub and structuring your visit around that.
Eco, Design & Build will feature a mix of established brands alongside UK newcomers. Foster + Partners launch their Modular energy-saving skylight range in collaboration with Velux, Somerset-based Mundy exhibit their new catalogue of FSC-certified wood veneers, and Dutch designers Bolefloor present a flooring solution that reduces wood waste by utilising curved and knotted wood that is often discarded during the manufacturing process.
If interior furnishings are more your thing, have a look at MAXintheBOX from Perludi GMBH, a new range of interior fittings and furniture constructed using organic materials that are 100% recyclable, non-toxic and produced using 100% solar energy. JiB’s series of handcrafted contemporary wooden furnishings, and Jennifer Newman’s sustainable ply benches with added protection against biodegradation are also ones to keep an eye on.
The Eco, Design & Build Hub, created by sustainability communications branders Thomas Matthews, draws its concept from digital networks’ adaptability of nature and efficient use of materials. For the duration of the exhibition, it will host a seminar programme which includes two debates on sustainability coordinated by Nick Gant, lecturer at the University of Brighton, and ‘The Great Recovery’ - a schedule of talks curated by RSA’s Sophie Doran.
Talks range from localism to innovative solutions in lighting to understanding building management systems. One to check out is Sustainable Materials and Meanings on Thursday at 12:45 which includes Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Design. On Saturday, Jo Royle will discuss sailing across the Pacific on the Plastiki (Michael Pawlyn was one of the designers), a boat made from 12,000 recycled plastic bottles and PET.
At 11.30 on Wednesday, Pavegen CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook will discuss - among other things - the energy-generating interactive installation on the West Ham route to the Olympic Park. Wireless communication technology streamed the volume of renewable power generated by visitors into a live link here.
Materials used for the hub construction were sourced as sustainably as possible and will be re-used after the show. The exhibition aims to show how innovations in energy saving technology, materials and build methods will affect the homes and work spaces of the future.