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100% Design London: Laser-sharp silhouettes make their point in paper, cork and felt

September 30, 2009 |  9:58 am


The intricately cut silhouettes used as a motif in home furnishings everywhere in recent years emerged in new forms at the 100% Design London show, which closed Sunday.


The most dramatic cut-outs were made of paper. The Tord Boontje-esque Cloud Walk chandelier from London designer Yu Jordy Fu loomed like a low-flying cloud or a giant puff of smoke, pictured above. Lighted from within by a strip of LEDs, the recycled paper fixture was crafted using a three-dimensional Chinese cutting technique. Fu said the cloud, which can be purchased as smaller lamps, “is a simple and sustainable approach to add magic and intimacy to domestic lighting.”

Tactile Wonderland, the London design duo of Rebecca Otero and Ninette van Kamp, showed their delicate and beautifully impractical handcrafted bespoke wallpaper.

Jo Angell of the textile design collective Puff and Flock created the laser-cut Alight Cork blinds decorated with abstract birds, acorns and leaves, pictured above right. It's a design that “aims to raise the profile of cork with an elegant and tactile product,” Angell said.

To see photos of the Tactile Wonderland wallpaper, Selina Rose's thick wool felt acoustic panels and Michelle Mason's tabletop decorations, which featured bright colors to counter our economic gloom, click to the jump.


Above: Wallpaper from Tactile Wonderland was mounted on a dark wall to add depth.


Above: Intricately cut wool felt acoustic panels from the British firm Selina Rose.


Above: Michelle Mason showcases her wool rugs.

-- Kristin Hohenadel

Photos: Kristin Hohenadel