Design Junction has slowly worked its way near the top of my LDF list, I haven’t heard shinning reviews of it in the past but was promised a revival of its curation this year, along with its new London location at Kings Cross which pipped my interest.
Design Junctions previous nomadic nature means it is one of the more unpredictable Design Destinations, but now in its sixth year it has grown in to a rennoved showcase for contemporary design brands. Acting as a hub for the Kings Cross Creative Quarter, the show was split in to multiple sites allowing it to work within the areas developing architecture.
On GRANARY SQUARE you were welcomed to the event with eight giant monopoly styles houses surrounding the very therapeutic fountain. Plenty of space to sit and contemplate especially in the late evenings.
THE CROSSING This five story high space was a great wow factor space for some large scale installations, which you admired while waiting in line for registration. The Clockroom was also here, which I found very handy as I was on my last stop of the day and was weighed down by flyers and free tote bags.
TFL’s installation Take the Underground Home really drew attention with three home setups celebrating the theme of Metro-land with a new collection of products with help from Made.com and designers Kirkbydesign, Loris&Livia, Vallila. Offering a little fun & games, London centric design and even an invention. The twitter machine by Florian Dussopt was commissioned by KK Outlet to celebrate 100 years of TFL’s Johnston Typeface.
On LEWIS CUBITT SQUARE, they built a double decker outdoor pavilion to house their international brands. The facade was made up of grid cubes that stood amongst an in-use construction site, filled with very stylish slick furniture and interiors, to create an interesting juxtaposition.
The downstairs floor had a moody atmosphere with dim lights and contemplative ideas while the top floor was light, crisp and open with conversation. With a secret garden at the back it was an interesting venue worth an explore. Favourite overall had to be Design House Stockholm for its mix of items and sleak approach to presentation.
The CANOPY area directly outside Waitrose was converted into a premium shopping destination, under the heritage wrought iron structure the market style pop-up was my favourite part. There was lots to buy and plenty of interior ideas to contemplate for late.
A craft-design studio that creates original products for the desk, home and workplace, combining playful materials and creative ideas. With lots of inspiration from origami they slip between 2-D & 3-D seamlessly.
This Liverpool based team are a barrel of laughs, after taking a turn at advertising they joined up and started creating conceptual products. With a little naughty and nice in ever piece including my personal favourite a Satan desk plate. Also got to admire their old business cards which are actually coin tokens! Clever.
Transforming interiors through beautiful flooring, they curate an amazing selection for you to then choose from. They select brands by their use of interesting materials, colours, patterns and textures and by sourcing from across the globe they all ways have something unique.
A new curator of products that has a wonderful bricks and mortar store full of homewares from interesting sources. With an aesthetic in common, their style focused design.
I have a great love for Sophie’s plants, she has the knowledge but also a love for the aesthetics they bring. Her very trendy succulents and cactuses are popping up all over London in homes, offices, galleries and press lounges.
Eleanor continues to pop up in the best places bringing quality letterpress stationary with her. You can recognise her display from a distance by the distinct use of neon accents and humour.
Inspired by her experiences Sinead hand paints abstract representations on to textiles in order to create unique products. Through daring colour experimentation these handcrafted products are perfect for the luxury market but Sinead is also keen to make her designs available to all so keep an eye out.
The theme this year was ‘Immersed in Design’ the organisers wanted people not to be told direct messages from brands but be shown a story or process to get them to connect on another level with the design itself. A great trend to get on board with, the importance of noticing craftsmanship and heritage at its best and celebrating it.
As Kings Cross becomes a business and cultural hub for the future I think Design Junction has indeed found its long term home here.