Everything Design and the Kitchen Sink

One of the many incredible destinations of the London Design Fair in September 2012 was 100% Design.  Along with 13 other design bloggers from around the globe, I was honored to attend this design venue to view and appreciate the talent and creativity of so many new and emerging designers. This trip was made possible in part by Blanco, a sponsor of Blog Tour by Modenus.  A manufacturer of high quality sinks, faucets and accessories, which are themselves a depiction of 100% design, Blanco is a company you may already be familiar with.  Visit their website for more in-depth information about their products shown below.

100% Design

100% Design 2012, the UK’s leading and most visited contemporary design event is in its 18th year. It was set to be the most successful year ever staged. Last years event attracted over 18,000 visitors and this year with over 25,000 visitors, is officially the UK’s biggest design trade event.

 Mercedes-Benz greeted us with their new Concept Style Coupé, one of my favorite displays!

 

100% Design was simply that. Showcasing the breathtaking design of The Mercedes-Benz Model above, was great marketing. They even chauffeured us around in a Mercedes-Benz.

Above are just a few of the very inventive designs spotted at 100% Design. I really liked the concrete wall tiles in the center. Would be wonderful for an office or commercial application.

Blanco is all about 100% Design in addition to 100% quality~

“Family owned since 1925, BLANCO’s humble beginnings included making copper galvanized parts for cookers and hot water bottles with a team of 30 loyal employees. Today, our company has produced more than 40 million sinks, and is recognized as a world leader in quality, innovation and unsurpassed service.
Long gone are the times when a sink was merely used for function. These days, it can be the muse for a kitchen – or perhaps an entire home. Because of our dedication to quality, we ensure that every sink is inspected multiple times before earning the BLANCO name. It’s just a part of our commitment to our craft and our customers.”

 Let’s start with the Flow sink.

“More than a sink – it’s an architectural element.With revolutionary MicroEdge™ technology, our award-winning BLANCO FLOW features gleaming stainless steel that blends seamlessly with the countertop, creating the illusion of flushmounted installation. Only from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART®.

Thank you to all of the Blog Tour Sponsors who made Blog Tour London a huge success!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. I hope you’ve enjoyed and learned from these sponsored blog posts about some amazing products and The London Design Fair in general. I have so many more pictures and events from  the London tour to share and will post about them in the future. Please come back and see what Chatti Patti will be talking about…

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We Were Floored!

Expansive selections, innovative technologies and beautiful designs.

That’s what was on display at the AMTICO Flooring space during 100% Design last month. During BlogTour by Modenus, bloggers had an opportunity to examine and consider the samples up close. You may be thinking, why would I care about vinyl flooring? You may not be a designer who specifies commercial flooring, but I am certain you walk on some from time to time and it’s nice to know a little bit about the products being used. AMTICO is an environmentally friendly company that produces BOTH commercial and residential products that are manufactured in the USA! Is that as important to you as it is to me?

Yes, this is a vinyl flooring product! What a beautiful and creative floor design for a healthcare facility. Photo:AMTICO

Lovely and modern! Photo: AMTICO

Remodeling your bathroom? AMTICO has you covered! Photo: AMTICO

Even in the bedroom, it exudes a modern yet cozy ambiance! Easy to maintain.
Photo: AMTICO

Two lovelies, Raina Kattelson and Erin Tye resting from the tug-of-war with the intermittent WI-FI or lack thereof.~

Blog Tour pals Jennifer Mehditash and Christian May take a respite from the activites while enjoying refreshments courtesy of AMTICO.

Press was on hand to ask a few of the bloggers their opinion of AMTICO. This is Rashon Carraway, unrehearsed. Photo:Patti Johnson

Official permission to blog about this product! We’re also a fun group to follow on #Twitter!

Unique and fashion forward selections for all your flooring needs!
Photo:Patti Johnson

Igor Josif explains to the Press why designers find AMTICO products so innovative!
Photo: Patti Johnson

A sampling of flooring at the AMTICO Booth~ Photo: Patti Johnson

Education about the technologies behind the product is very important to me as a designer. It helps me to explain to a client WHY they should purchase a certain product for reasons other than just that it looks pretty. I’m Chatti Patti and that’s how I roll!

Thanks for stopping by and come back for a new series soon on REAL LIFE COUNTRY LIVING. It will be a series based on a husband and wife team who dreamed of building a farmhouse in northern Michigan in the shadows of the Mackinac Bridge and the road well travelled to achieve it!  Included will be interviews with the DIY, country living- loving couple, lots of photos of the process and the kitchen (which I advised on). I’m so excited about it!

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Blog Tour London 2012!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!

Tips for Designing Tight Spaces ~When Size Really Matters…

This past year I was challenged with designing a commercial space that measured less than 20 feet wide by approximately 100 ft. deep. The mandate was to create separate rooms or spaces for separate functions in a retail type setting.

This may sound simple, but in fact when faced with ADA compliance and all other codes would prove to be challenging, but I love a good challenge!

Walls go up!

Studio After Completion!

As you can see a lot has to happen in this space. Below is a picture of the glass panels used not only as a space-saving technique or design but to allow additional light into the space!

Here is how I added inches to an extremely narrow allowance  on one side of the space.  A “construction zone” for children to play with building blocks would end up barely 6 feet in width. My design concept as a solution to space limitations,  was to use  1/2″ tempered glass panels instead of standard 5 inch walls.

Space saving and light enhancing glass divider panels

I also specified that the panels be set into “U-channels” so that the blocks would not get scattered into the adjacent hallway. The doorway is open as well, no door installed to detract from space, so some blocks may find their way out!

Glass Partitions!

One other neat space-saving technique I employed was to specify a room divider to allow a space to be used by different parties simultaneously with separate entrances into the room. The accordion type wall could be opened for total use of the space and was mounted on a support beam!

A moveable partition to allow a single space to be used for two separate events.

These are just a few examples of space-saving options when designing in a tight space. Come back soon for more ideas from Chatti Patti. Thanks for stopping by…

ALL designs: Patti Johnson Interiors

All photos by and property of : Patti Johnson Interiors