More From 100% Design

Picking up from where we left off, here are more of our sustainable favourites from this year’s 100% Design, Earl’s Court, 19-22 Sept 2012.

HOFMAN by Alfredo Ascari and Giacomo Baldini

Manufactured by Oondesign and Santonuovoprint, this prototype consists of triple-layered decorated cardboard. Named Hofman, the multi-functional design can be displayed as an artwork, or can be disassembled to become a shelf and stools.


This Dutch flooring company has a unique design approach. They work with the ethos ‘Life is not a straight line’ and no two Bolefloors are ever the same. They’re the world’s first industrial-scale manufacturer of hardwood flooring with naturally curved lengths that follow a tree’s growth. Bolefloor takes its name from bole, the trunk of a tree. Until now, floors like these have been the product of a few dedicated craftsmen.

Bolefloor’s technology means not only gorgeous looking floors, but also savings on natural resources, because they get more floors per forest! The way they do it all sounds very clever – it’s to do with scanning systems, tailor-made CAD/CAM and innovative algorithms – you can find out more in the video below.

Bolefloors are for both residential and public spaces and are available in 5 species: oak, ash, maple, cherry and walnut.


ONE PIECE OF LAMP by Korean designer Kiseung Lee, Studio Inbetween

These magical lampshades are formed from one small panel of material and their production creates no waste. In the picture above you can see one of the panels hanging just to the right of the lights. This can be wood, PVC, PET, or paper.

Uniform cuts, at precise intervals, create a three-dimensional extendable pattern across the surface, endowing the material with new properties of flexibility and strength. Together with the shade module, which gives the basic form to the lampshade, the material changes shape, creating various designs, for different spaces and styles.


CONCRETE CLADDING by grayconcrete

We’re not saying concrete can generally be classed as a sustainable material, but the enterprising people at GrayConcrete explained some convincing pros for its use. They produce glass reinforced concrete as thin as 8mm. This means that huge reductions in material can be gained. For example as a cladding material glass reinforced concrete is significantly less energy intensive than aluminium or HPL (High Pressure Laminate). As a wall finish it has lower embodied energy than plasterboard.

The obvious reasons for choosing concrete are that it’s incredibly robust and durable. It’s solid and self coloured so it won’t chip off and expose a substrate like plaster. And it’s versatile.

GrayConcrete have developed specialist moulding and casting techniques to produce surfaces that can take on texture and minute detail, including typography and graphics. They’re constantly experimenting with new ideas and techniques and relish being challenged to try something new.



This distinctive Dressed-Up Furniture Series, by Korean designers KamKam, mixes the familiar elements of clothing – fabric and fastenings – with furniture. Buttons, belts, zippers and felt upholstery invite users to roll and drape their storage.


HOVERWARE CUTLERY by Manifesto Design Lab

Manifesto Design Lab based in Seoul, Korea, have designed a set of cutlery called Hoverware which features a stand on the underside. Dining can be quite a messy affair and the design maximises hygiene by avoiding contact with surfaces, without the wasteful use of extra napkins. The stand is strategically placed so it doesn’t get in the way when eating, in-fact it helps provide leverage when the user needs to apply pressure while cutting.

There are two versions – stainless steel and bamboo. Bamboo is a fast growing sustainable source of material. It’s heat and stain resistant, won’t impart or absorb flavours and is known for being lightweight and long lasting.



Alpha W Design manufacture panels, ranging from noise cancelling partitions to backlit displays. They print onto 100% recycled PET textile – it takes 15 plastic bottles to make 1 square metre of textile.

The acoustic panels, whether on walls, partitions, or ceilings, make it possible to control the level of sound in offices, retail spaces, exhibit stands and other noisy environments.

Panels with LED back lighting are thin – only 9cm – and they give off very little heat, which makes it possible to install them into relatively small spaces, while maintaining balanced heating. The LEDs have an average lifetime of 30,000 hours.

And, to round off our overview, above is some official footage from 100% Design 2012.