There were 2 things you could grasp straight away at the Earls Court Design Show : the persistent absence of the major (mostly Italian) furniture brands and the return of the bubbles. The so-much-missed champagne has been away from the London design premieres since Autumn 2008 and this year is back as if there is no tomorrow. Not sure if this is a sign of recovery for the design / building industry or the champagne one, nevertheless one of both seems to be back on track and this cannot be other but good news.
Things that have got my attention at the show are the Gira Event switch range in coloured transparent or opaque plastic and the Glink handbasin from Philip Watts Design (above). This one is a smallish polyethylene basin available in primary colours and can be wall or top mounted.
Same for the fabric range by Gina Pierce (top left) and the waterproofed Rangoni wallpaper collection (top right) by Singaporean designer Mike Tay inspired by Indian traditions. German taps manufacture Grohe brought the luxury touch with their Ondus Acquafountain range. Lounched a few years back this digital shower memorizes the user's water habits but more importantly: it provides a touchpad may you happen to miss yours while showering. However it is its beautiful velvet black satin finish what wins you over.
100% Design London / 23 - 26 September 2010
Pictures by PS