By Vy Tran
Don’t look now but designjunction is just around the corner. For its 7th year, London’s leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture is heading to King’s Cross on September 21-24. As always, you can expect an array of installations, popup shops, and exciting collaborations amongst the group of international brands that will be showcasing.
A series of installations can be found in Granary Square, including: a ceramics installation designed in collaboration between Turkishceramics and artist Adam Nathaniel Furman; a secret room hidden inside a floral box designed by bloomon; a Tala Mini bar that will serve spirits from a vintage MINI Cooper; an award-winning concept car called TreZor by Renault UK; and the new range of brutalist inspired concrete street furniture designed by Maynard and Marshalls.
After perusing Granary Square, you’ll head to three glass box pavilions designed by Remote Pavilions that will house the show’s main reception.
New designs will also be debuted at the show. BLACKBODY and Haviland are showcasing their bespoke lighting collection, the VIP and Press room will be outfitted with wall patterns and furniture by Kirby Design x Eley Kishimoto, and Resident Studio will be highlighting its Circus Light with a striking installation.
You’ll also see iconic mid-century design icons brought back to life by Icons of Denmark; minimalist and structural furniture by Fredericia; a collection by Skagerak that draws on traditional craftsmanship and materials; furniture made for co-working environments by James Burleigh; and pops of colors in the form of chairs by OMK 1965.
Looking for smaller items? At this show, the only question is, where do you start? For a quick taste of what you’ll see: Kahler Design will debut an accessories range; LSA International will showcase its new capsule collection of drinkware + glassware; Wallace Sewell will launch its first ever rug collection in addition to celebrating its 25 years anniversary; and Marset will have you swooning over its contemporary range of innovative lighting.
There are a lot of firsts for this year’s show. designjunction teamed up with watch brand Rado to launch the first-ever Rado Star Prize UK design competition where 10 student finalists will exhibit their concepts for this year’s theme, “Design Meets Time.” Blueprint Magazine will also launch its first ever Blueprint iGuzzini Architecture Photography Awards. The winners, chosen and announced during designjunction, will receive different prices and 25% of the competition entrance fees will be donated to the Teddy’s Wish charity.
©Blueprint Magazine – architecture photography examples, including Corian Milan Design Week 2017, One Poultry London, Fushimi Inari Temple Osaka
I KNOW. It’s a lot of ground to cover and all of these modern, innovative, and beautiful designs will make you want to walk until you can’t stand anymore. To help you navigate the show and optimize your time, just know that there are five key sites (all close by each other) that have specific showcases: Granary Square for registration and installations, Cubitt House for lighting and furniture, Cubitt Park for emerging designers and materials, The Crossing for more installation and partnership projects, and the Canopy for all things retail.
In addition to all of this, you can look forward to seeing more than 200 international design brands with hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops (hold on to your wallets!), and a schedule of live talks and debates. So much to see, so little time! We’re excited to check it all out.
designjunction 2017 will run from September 21-24 at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross in London.
Get 50% off with our special registration link: thedesignjunction.co.uk/tickets-designmilk