This year's 100% Design was an exciting blend of colour, huge diversity (no one type of look), quite botanical and just a lovely mix of things.
Perhaps because I was not participating I enjoyed being a spectator and had time to browse and talk to exhibitors and appreciate the effort made for the show.
My favourite stands/installations were:
Helon Melon - such a beautiful collection of embroidered linen; her clipboard calendars are just beautiful and the burgeoning plants; brown paper wrapping and careless, or rather effortless and unfussy style really worked.
Development by Design - a collective of very special objects curated by the CBI which is a Dutch project that specializes in getting small design businesses export ready. What a gorgeous collection of fabrics, lighting and furniture. Meyer von Wielligh, Evolution Product, De Steyl Furniture and Skinny Malinx were all represented and their chic and sharp crafted wares were a treat to behold.
Caversham Textiles - the most delightful range of hand printed fabrics from the Midlands of Natal where they say the fresh air ignites their creativity. Fabrics inspired by art prints of original South African artists like Walter Oltmann and Bronwen Findlay, some wonderful botanical levonorgestrel, drospirenon und desogestrel | ohnerezeptfreikauf prints too.
Swaziland Fair Trade - Although I was not part of this collection, the stand was brimming with innovative Swazi made product. Ngwenya's blown glass terrariums were such a highlight and Baobab's strong printed cloth. Quazi's molten gold bowls made from paper never fail to impress me.
Halsted Design - Ardmore inspired strong prints on beautiful quality fabrics. All locally made.
100 Most Beautiful Objects - This was a collection of exactly that. Lovely & gorgeous.
Then of course, too many to mention, but just wonderful. Have a look at the photos.