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VM inspiration: 100% Design

Most London-based VM practitioners visit 100% Design but for those who missed it there were some useful suppliers to note:

Barrisol Acoustics & Design offers perforated wall and ceiling surfaces with mini-perforation sound-absorbing properties. It has now developed a concrete-printed ceiling and wall surface, brilliant for our current preoccupation with industrial spaces without the associated cost of skimming a retail space with concrete and then polishing it.

According to Barrisol the surface, stretched on an aluminum frame fitted at cornice level, will last for 10 years, or, with care, 25 years, by which time the fashion for industrial spaces will be well over. The same technology can be used to make free-hanging noise baffles or 3-D shapes with aluminum frames, behind which lights can be set. Much of the company’s work is for German spaces where there are strict sound level limits and its catalogue includes a sound-absorbing Zeppelin in a shopping mall.

The 100% Made in Venice pavilion was a lovely display of space using a series of textile images displayed over changing daylight in a bedroom room set. This charmingly began a day with the image of a silent quivering alarm clock moving in an arc across the back wall.

This would be a lovely idea to borrow for interiors store windows and in-store displays as it underlined how effectively the mood of a domestic interior can be changed by changing detailing and soft furnishings.

Besides its wall coverings, Forrest & Jones offers very interesting flooring. Feature Flooring uses any image to produce bespoke flooring with a textured surface. Remember Vivienne Westwood’s first store with the silk-screen printed cork-tiled hair floor? This would make a floor that really resisted wear and tear.

The popular ball-room space provided by Lina’s modular ball seating was a great success. These are available either on a matching polyurethane fabric covered ring, so that they do not roll around, or as a regular ball, all in a huge range of colours. An Ikea ball-room for adults, this would be fun for the children’s section of a store or the public seating space in a mall.

Lina’s colourful, stackable, modular armchairs, would be great in-store too, where three units flexibly created one armchair or seating for 3 people.

VWA takes real cars and very carefully cuts them up for wall art and VM display. With a background in VM, VWA can cut any car up as long as it’s not too super-rare, not just Minis and London taxis as displayed on the stand. Prices depend on the availability of given car but are within VM budgets, and are supplied with fixing brackets to secure them to the wall.

The conference space was beautifully completed by El Ultimo Grito with giant, slowly turning, hanging inflatables that marked the perimeter. These would be a great feature in a mall space or in-store in an atrium space.