Line up for Talks With 100% Design 2019 unveiled

Established industry figures to include David Rockwell, Marcel Wanders and Nina Tolstrup along with emerging stars of the design world

Talks with 100% Design – 100% Design’s stellar talks programme, returns with a series of compelling headline talks, trend forecasts and panel discussions with both established designers and up and coming stars of the design world. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the UK’s leading design event and curated by Katie Richardson, the exciting live programme is located in a new and visually striking Auditorium, sponsored by Aritco,and will have an increased focus on issue-based content such as wastage, sustainability and how design is making a difference.

Architectural practice Selencky Parsons are creating the auditorium, which will address the topic of plastic usage and waste through its clever design. Over the four days of the show, there will be a diverse selection of more than 50 conversations and debates with designers, architects and curators. Retail gurus Fitch discuss their work with Lego on the concept of ‘Play’; MET Design Studio on how experiential design tells the story of the Singapore Bicentennial; BIID look at interior design best practice; New London Architecture explores the restoration of London’s iconic buildings while a session with Maggie’s asks the question – ‘can buildings make you happy?’. Subjects explored in 2019’s programme include the future of British design, African design, sustainability, how colour can influence wellness and how design can counteract the ‘throwaway culture’ of today, with a focused session on restoration chaired by interior stylist and design journalist Roddy Clarke. The Forum, a separate stage, will play host to a series of CPDs and bite-sized sessions giving further insight into materiality, architectural modelling, lighting, fireplace design with Focus, wellness and of course the 2019 edition of the Design Fresh Awards!

The programme will open on Wednesday September 18th with an ‘in-conversation’, featuring the award-winning American architect and designerDavid Rockwell, chaired by Max Fraser, discussing Rockwell projects that merge theatre, performance and architecture and include hotels, restaurants and cultural institutions. Alongside his fascination with immersive environments David will also be unveiling his latest furniture collection, Sage, for Benchmark, which focuses on bringing wellness to the workspace.

Low Sofa, Sage Collection, designed by David Rockwell for Benchmark

Celebrated Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, returning for the second year running, will engage in conversation with journalist David Michon about his career and more specifically, his work in the hospitality sector.

Danish designer Nina Tolstrup will be conversing with Bethan Ryder on her career and work to date. Nina’s curiosity for new challenges has resulted in an incredibly diverse portfolio (furniture, electronic products, jewellery, glassware, exhibition-design, NGO collaborations, interior and architectural projects), all realised via novel processes, technologies and materials, many reflecting her passion for recycling.

Wellness and wellbeing are hot topics this year. Marianne Shillingford (Dulux) and colour expert Karen Haller, will explore wellbeing – the buzzword on everyone’s radar. But what does it mean to the creative community who are designing the future? Can intelligent use of colour unlock greater potential for the positive health and mental wellbeing of building occupants in a fast-paced always on digital world and if so how?

Creative Director of Kirkby Design Jordan Mould will chair a session discussing Kirkby Design’s collaboration with Transport for London. Georgina Morley, the curator of the London Transport Museum, will join Jordan, as they unveil their collaboration, which results in Underground Vol. II. This project sees a recreation of the iconic 1930s moquette designs used for seating fabric across the Underground from the 1930s until the present day, altering the scale, texture and colours in order to modernise the designs.

The final day of 100% Design will see a lively discussion on social media and interior design, including interior designers who use Instagram, and Instagram influencers and bloggers, who have become designers through social media. What makes an interior ‘instagrammable’ and how can social media enhance and support design?

The Forum will host a wide variety of debates and discussions, exploring industry issues, trends, and the areas of focus, which include social media, sustainability, materials etc. Highlights will include a panel discussion, chaired by Design Fresh 2018 winner Atticus Durnell, and emerging designersClemence Grouin-Rigaux and Adam Davies, discussing sustainable design and innovative materials, a trends forecast with Domus Tiles, looking at current and future trends in surface design and Nulty explore how sleep and light are so closely connected.

The full talks programme for Talks with 100% Design can be viewed here:

100% Design takes place at Olympia London between 18th – 21st September 2019.

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