designjunction (21 – 24 September) returns to the spectacular King’s Cross site for the annual London Design Festival (LDF) offering a diverse selection of things to see and do during its four-day residence. As the show continues to be a leading destination for design, arts and culture, visitors can experience a plethora of immersive experiences, participate in creative workshops, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, engage in lively talks and debates and much more.
With an abundance of design experiences to choose from, the top activities not to be missed at designjunction this September include:
Take a walk through Granary Square
Visitors to Granary Square will be spoilt for choice at this year’s show. The various stand-out projects, immersive installations and exciting food and drink options, will offer those who are curious about design the opportunity to experience different forms of design in a unique and creative way.
Positioned in the middle of the fountain space is the immersive Turkishceramics ‘Gateways’ installation designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman in celebration of the rich history of ceramics from Turkey. Renault UK presents its award winning-concept car TreZor, never before seen in the UK, housed inside a bespoke interactive two-storey structure. Visitors will also get the chance to view designs from Renault’s collaboration with Central Saint Martins’ industrial design students who have designed a car for the future in a unique contest.
A refreshing addition to designjunction, Campari®, Italy’s iconic red bittersweet apéritif, will host a 10-day residency in King’s Cross with the ‘Campari Creates’ customised narrowboat in the Granary Square waterway. The centrepiece of the residency will be an installation by Eley Kishimoto commissioned by Campari to adorn the banks of the canal with a bespoke art installation featuring the iconic Campari logo. Additionally, visitors will be served a selection of Campari cocktails and Italian street food bringing the spirit of Milan’s stylish Navigli district to central London.
Visitors can also enjoy a serving of white ports and tonics at the pop-up Tala mini bar, set within a refurbished vintage car on the square. Tala will also showcase an installation of its Voronoi bulbs that will form a forest-like canopy above the car.
Dubai Design District (d3) will showcase its ‘Middle East: Design Now!’ exhibition at designjunction for the first time, bringing together works from a collective of emerging designers and artists. For those interested in creating unique ways of adding space, Remote Possibilities, a new initiative launching at designjunction this year, will house the show’s Box Office, showcasing the versatility of these pods that are suitable not only for public spaces, but also for personal use within the home.
Engage in lively talks and debates
designjunction presents a two-day programme of lively talks and debates at The Office Group (TOG). Anchored around the show’s theme ‘where design meets’, designjunction’s 2017 Talks Programme is designed to inspire, engage and provoke. Over the two days, fourteen sessions will delve into a variety of engaging topics that affect and inform the design industry. From digital and workspace, to materials and home, the programme includes sessions with a stellar line-up of leading designers and creative brands (21-22 September).
designjunction offers visitors the chance to get creative with a number of innovative workshops to choose from.
Highlights of Central Saint Martins’ (CSM) short courses include a ‘Drawing For Design’ workshop by Ilga Leimanis and a ‘Frankensteining’ workshop by Rod Judkins where attendees will explore ways of creating something new from pre-existing materials.
For further details and to book tickets visit:
CSM ‘Drawing For Design’ Workshop: www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/
CSM ‘Frankensteining’ Workshop: www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/
The ‘Perfect Cocktails’ class (£15) will teach participants how to create Campari’s most famous cocktails, whilst the ‘Design Your Own Campari Bottle’ class (£20) will see the London Craft Club impart its creative knowledge of how to design a bespoke, personalised Campari bottle.
Additionally, a talk by Eley Kishimoto on the creation of their public installation will highlight the inspiration behind the design and its development (£FOC).
For further details on the Campari Creates Masterclasses and to book tickets visit:
Those interested to learn the art of creating beautiful bouquets can do so with the help of bloomon. Inside a discreet floral room found at the end of the flower tunnel that promises to be one of Granary Square’s main attractions, the flower delivery service will host a series of intimate flower arranging workshops (£27). Ticket holders will also be treated to a bespoke floral cocktail in this one-hour class.
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A temporary pop-up retail venue featuring over 70 retail brands and emerging designers, The Canopygives visitors the opportunity to browse and buy design-led home and fashion accessories, jewellery, technology, ceramics, stationery and textiles under one roof. Choose from Another Studio’s selection of homewares including its Timber Tailor wooden light pendants, Such & Such’s curated offering of concrete pedants, linen and ceramic tableware and more, the latest range of unisex sunglasses by Monc London, the new Milan stationery collection from Papersmiths, or Dashel’s selection of urban helmets to name a few.
For those looking to refuel with a snack and a drink whilst taking in all the design inspiration, designjunction presents two creative cafés and a host of pop-up vendors.
Celebrating the launch of 2LG and Custhom’s new collection of luxury wallpapers, linens and velvets, the London based design studios will bring an interactive café to Cubitt Park. Visitors can participate in live screen printing, adding colour and pattern to the space and walls of the café.
Returning to the buzzing Granary Square, Real Food Festival will bring a selection of the most delicious street food vans in London. Choose from the carefully selected, top-quality artisan food options on offer.
What better beer brand could do a pop-up in The Canopy section than Canopy Beer Co? The aptly named brand is a brewery and tap room based a stone’s throw from Brockwell Park, South London. Their emphasis is on drinkable, vibrant beers made with minimal intervention – no filtration, no finings and no pasteurisation. Canopy Beer Co will be serving their small batch beers in The Canopy across show open dates.
Be productive, creative and stay connected at the pop-up workspace
Creating a pop-up workspace at designjunction’s Cubitt House, on-demand meeting space provider Breather collaborates with furniture manufacture Modus. The Breather x Modus workspace will be the perfect place for trade and press visitors to work, meet, focus and get online. The space will feature Modus’s expanded ‘Edge’ collection by design consultancy PearsonLloyd.
designjunction also sets the bar for new and emerging design, with displays of the UK’s inaugural Rado Star Prize competition, where a shortlist of ten finalists’ projects will be displayed in The Crossing. Exploring the theme ‘Design Meets Time’, the winning design will be announced at the show with the winner receiving a £5,000 cash prize and a Rado Ceramica watch. Additionally, the public can select their favourite project among the finalists by voting at the show, with the winner of the public vote receiving a Rado Ceramica watch.
View illuminating lighting brands and impressive light installations
The show welcomes back lightjunction, an area on the ground floor of Cubitt House dedicated to decorative lighting brands from across the globe. Rich Brilliant Willing launches the sculptural Palindrome Chandelier, whilst Martinelli Luce showcases its Cyborg and Plisse lamps for the first time in the UK. In addition, Resident will create an installation suspended over the staircase at Cubitt House with its Circus Light, a system of interconnected rings that will form a striking vertical decoration.
A further array of lighting brands and bespoke installations can also be found throughout the show’s other sites. In The Crossing lighting installations not to miss include a collaboration with Blackbody andHaviland, a union of light and porcelain. LG Display will also exhibit its OLED light panels, and will launch the LG OLED Design competition encouraging emerging and established designers to enter into this contest.
Discover materials that appeal, inspire and intrigue
From traditional ceramics to cutting-edge 3D printing technology, designjunction continues to be a leading platform for innovative product design.
Celebrating 50 years of innovative designs and materials, Corian® continues its evolution with the introduction of three unique and captivating aesthetics – Concrete, Onyx and Prima. These new collections of colours and patterns will be creatively and elegantly featured in The Crossing with a series of room sets.
Offering sustainable and innovative carpets, DESSO® develops unique products that contribute to people’s health and wellbeing and will showcase its ‘Iconic’ carpet tiles in the Press and VIP area at designjunction.