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Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove and Jaime Hayon head up an outstanding programme of Talks with 100% Design

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Talks with 100% Design returns with an enviable line up of leading industry figures. Throughout the four days in September (17-20), visitors to Earls Court London can enjoy a thought-provoking programme, which addresses the issues that matter to architects and designers today, as well as in the future. The Talks will take place in the stunning auditorium designed by the multi-talented El Ultimo Grito.

Philippe Starck will open the 2014 Talks programme, which marks 20 years since the inaugural 100% Design. Starck will be in conversation with Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers to kick off proceedings in style on the first day of the show.

Headlining on the last day of the Talks programme will be Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The designers will be joined by the Design Musuem’s director Deyan Sudjic to talk about their work and next projects, as part of the musuem’s What Next? Talks series to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon

Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove

Other internationsl design luminaries confirmed for the rest of the programme include William Mann of Stirling Prize-winning practice Witherford Watson Mann, Simon Allford of AHMM, Ryan Mullenix of NBBJ, Ross Lovegrove, Jaime Hayon, Daan Roosegaarde, Nina Tolstrup, Ineke Hans, Mark Eley of fashion studio Eley Kishimoto and Rosario Hurtado of El Ultimo Grito, alongside exciting younger talent including Julia Lohmann, Studio Glithero and architect collective Assemble.

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto (Photo: Lucia O'Connor-McCarthy)

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto (Photo: Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy)

Studio Glithero

Studio Glithero

This year the Talks programme takes the overall theme of serendipity. Curator Claire Barrett was inspired by the Italian artist Giovanni Piranesi’s famous quotation “By messing about we discover”, focusing on the element of chance in the design process, the idea of happy accidents and where discarded materials provide the starting point for inspiration. Theming the programme content in this way adds a credibility and rigour to the Talks, befitting of a show that is the largest design event in the UK.

Key topics covered within the Talks programme include whether there is a disconnection between architects and designers; exploring whether there’s a scientific approach to the future of buildings and also the process of making.

The end of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will also be marked with a series of “big questions” addressing a particularly hot topic within design and architecture. These include: Should architecture play a social role in society; what’s the role of a physical shop in an increasingly online dominated retail sector and what does the intersection of biology and technology mean for design?

On the evening of Thursday, there will be a special anniversary Pecha Kucha evening chaired by Tokyo-based architect Mark Dytham, founder of this unique debating format. Contributors to the Pecha Kucha include Luke Pearson of Pearson Lloyd, Jamie Anley, Russell Pinch, Gareth Williams and Nick Crosbie – all of whom are key to 100% Design’s 20-year history.

Luke Pearson of Pearson Lloyd

Luke Pearson of Pearson Lloyd

Russell Pinch

Russell Pinch

In addition, the central hubs of the four 100% Design show sections – Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms and Eco, Design & Build – will have their own sector specific discussions over the four days.

To coincide with the Talks programme, the International Pavilions at 100% Deisgn will be home to a secondary event space, The Forum. This will host a range of talks, presentations, meetings and business networking events during the show. These include China Design Day on Wednesday, a conference to promote China’s growing design industry; colour masterclass from Global Color and an Architect’s Pitch competition organised by archiboo for young practices to perfect their presentation skills.

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Notes to Editors

Dates for 100% Design 2014

Wednesday 17 September – Saturday 20 September 2014

Earls Court, London

100% Design will be open to the public on Saturday 20 September. Children under 16 will not be admitted on trade days. Seminars are free to attend.

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100% Design London is owned and staged by Media 10 Ltd, owners of the world’s most influential design magazines and events. Media 10 has fast become one of the leading players in the global events industry as a result of the hugely successful Grand Designs Live, Clerkenwell Design Week and The Ideal Home Show.