Moregeous at the London Design Festival 2009 – My poor feet!

I think Posh Spice has spent far too much time heading up my blog, time to fill her shoes…. and as I’ve tucked up my sleeve plenty of stylish, gorgeous, quirky and desirable bits and bobs to fill those amazingly high creations, it’s time to boot her off the front page. It’s taken me almost a full day to work through the notes, photos and cards amassed at the London Design Festival, which for me meant visits to 100% Design – http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/, Tent London – http://www.tentlondon.co.uk/ and Tom Dixon’s The Dock – http://www.tomdixon.net/.

Earls Court - Venue for 100% Design

Earl's Court - venue for 100% Design 2009

Before I start a-blogging proper, I though I’d give those of you who couldn’t or didn’t make it there this year a little overview of the nuts and bolts of the show. A fancy way of saying – here’s what the different venues and locations looked like 🙂

I’ve been going to 100% for over ten years, and it’s been running for 15. It’s got bigger every year…. except this one. The credit crunch has resulted in a smaller show, and the consensus of opinion was, actually, a better one. It had to some extent been taken over by the corporates, with 100% Detail taking up a hall all of it’s own last year; there were bathroom and kitchen manufacturers, flooring companies, hinges, switches and everything else you could imagine. Big change this year – the show was largely confined to one hall, with the exception of the fabulous Designersblock in a separate hall, plus a rather dinky all-things-cycling area. So much easier to check it all out, I didn’t feel like I’d to tear round in order to see everything, and it gave me enough time to tube it out to Tent at the Truman Brewery in East London (the venue where 100% started) and also to The Dock.

For the last two, or is it three?, years I’ve filmed there with Channel M. This year I went solo for the blog, and there were suddenly loads of other crews and cameras everywhere! I hadn’t been able to make it out to the satellite events which have sprung up in recent years due to filming, it’s harder when you are part of a team and are short on time, but this year, I ran my own diary and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Plus of course this year there is tweeting and blogging on the fabulous MyDeco site.
Armed with my trusty Canon 400D and an iPhone for notes (though the blasted battery kept running out leaving me dashing into the press bit for a re-charge), off I went…..

Below are three shots from 100%:

Designersblock hall

Designersblock hall

Installation in main hall

Installation in main hall

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When I took this, I was only looking at the lights, didn't even notice the crowd; they look like a boy band weary of Louis's X-Factor nagging

This is Tent London on Brick Lane:

Arrived at Tent Friday am, Brick lane deserted. No-one in London seems to do anything before 10am, it's very odd.

Arrived at Tent Friday am, Brick lane deserted. No-one in London seems to do anything before 10am, it's very odd.

Yes, it's just a sign.
Tent / MyDeco bags everywhere/ Yes, I have one. Rather useful too, for my weekly fruit n veg.

Tent / MyDeco bags everywhere/ Yes, I have one. Rather useful too, for my weekly fruit n veg.

First in. Bit sad that, but I'd gone to see that bloody Jaime Hayon exhibition at Trafalgar Square and it had finished so was ahead of anal schedule!

First in. Bit sad that, but I'd gone to see that bloody Jaime Hayon exhibition at Trafalgar Square (gutted to have muissed it) so was ahead of schedule!

Tom Dixon’s The Dock:

Entrance into The Dock

Entrance into The Dock

Rather lovely Verve Cliquot pop up bar and eatery, always makes me smile, that yellow, wonder why?!

Rather lovely Verve Cliquot pop up bar and eatery, always makes me smile, that yellow, wonder why?!

View from one of The Dock buildings, late in the day hence no sunshine!

View from one of The Dock buildings, late in the day hence no sunshine! The main concertina roofed building is the Tom Dixon showroom, and the white building to the left housed the graduate exhibition

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