Thursday, 13 October 2016

London Design Festival - Designjunction highlights

There are 5 destination shows during LDF and they always make my “selection” when I’m scheduling the craziness that is London design Festival. Being an interiors and design blogger, getting to the shows is hugely important for me as it’s a chance to see new emerging talent and also the wonderful creative UK design scene which always includes some wonderful new product launches.

Designjunction had a new home this year at Kings Cross and boy it didn’t disappoint. It was set in four venues in close proximity to Granary Square.  Cubitt House a fantastic temporary structure of 4000 cubes designed by Satellite Architects, The Canopy, The Crossing and Granary Square itself. Like most visitors I arrived on Granary Square and was immediately taken with the installation of temporary “monopoly” houses - each sharing a different design experience. The three that stood out for me were Dombracht water inspired, Dyslexic Design and Four23 with their playful and interactive installation. With more than 200 design brands being showcased I wasn’t able to dedicate the time to the show that I would have liked - - - I will repeat this for practically everything at LDF! But never the less there were some gems and some wonderful styling to be seen.

My absolute favourite was the Bethan Gray stand who has collaborated with Iranian artist Mohamed Reza Shamsian to bring her signature brogue style to life in inlaid wood.  I was totally besotted. 

H furniture showed the latest interpretation of their WW Chair, the colour series. Created in collaboration with Brighton-based Studio Makgill, available in six new colour-ways. The bold colour combinations are definitely up my street with their adventurous high colour saturation. 

Another Country presented their new Series Four collection at designjunction to great acclaim.  The thoughtful detailing was gathering a crowd when I visited their stand. The First Light table lamp is definitely going on my short list for lights for my home.
Probably considered more of a contract furniture piece VerenaHennig’s roll benches are so very lovely and would work just as well in a residential interior. I know my son would love one of these in our house, endless fun although rolling things (and himself) along them.

String was probably one of the most photographed stands with their captivating black on black stand. It’s the kind of styling that makes you want to rush off and change your wall colour.

I don’t know why Channels doesn’t get more column inches. Their approach to wood furniture is thoughtful and end user friendly. The fantastic new ‘Mr Knock II’ bookcase they launched at designjunction a real testament to form and function – being an impactful design yet super slim, ideal for small victorian homes and city dwellings.

In case I haven't convinced you about colour and pattern below is a link to my 90 second highlights video that will show you the key trends emerging from Designjunction. My biggest tip is the one at the end - terrazzo - it's going to huge.  Video here


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