designjunction previews new launches from leading UK and international design brands
designjunction, as part of the annual London Design Festival, returns this September (22 – 25) with a stellar line-up of international brands and 100s of new product launches. Relocating to an exciting new long-term home in King’s Cross, designjunction – now in its sixth year – will take over four main sites delivering a curated programme of design exhibitions, installations, retail experience, events and workshops based upon the leading theme, Immersed in Design. The four key sites include: Cubitt House (trade), The Canopy (retail), Granary Square (immersive experiences) and The Crossing (installations).
Cubitt House, designjunction’s main trade destination, will feature furniture and accessories from more than 100 international design brands, as well as the best of contemporary lighting in a dedicated area, lightjunction. The exhibition will take place in Lewis Cubitt Square, inside a custom, two-storey pavilion with a spectacular façade designed by London-based Satellite Architects which features over 4,000 lightweight GRID modules introduced to the UK by Icons of Denmark.
Joining designjunction for the first time, Design House Stockholm will bring a host of new 2016 products to the show, including its Nest sofa which cleverly suits both home and commercial spaces. Also new to the show, Christopher Jenner, known for his passion for traditional English craft and its relationship with technology, will present a two-year collaboration with Sheffield-based heritage silverware brand Elkington & Co.
Modern and contemporary furniture specialist Isokon Plus will be returning this year with new products to complement its eponymous range. Designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, the Portsmouth backless bench was commissioned by the Portsmouth Cathedral, while the Loop console celebrates the company’s 20 years of collaborating with the acclaimed designers.
Israeli-born, Milan-based designer Hagit Pincovici will launch Flamingo, a piece of brass sculpture inspired by art and designed for storing small objects. Contract furniture company Morgan Furniture will present its sculptural Rio table by Mehran Gharleghi, which uses 3D printing technology to create a jewel-like aesthetic.
Cubitt House will also see Deadgood’s launch of new additions to its Naked collection by Magnus Long and Gala Wright, including a removable seat pad for the chair, and a cafe-style bistro table with a perforated top. We Do Wood, a Danish company which specialises in using sustainable moso bamboo, will be launching its Button stool and Loop shelf and shoe rack.
Swedish brand Bolon will return to the show with its new collection, Bolon by You, which allows customers to create personal designs through an interactive web tool. TON will also return showcasing its Leaf collection alongside its classic bentwood ranges, having won the D&AD/designjunction award for Best Installation in 2015. Another Country is also returning with its new Hardy chair, designed by David Irwin, in celebration of the brand’s fifth anniversary.
Celebrating 20 years in business, Channels – spearheaded by British designer Samuel Chan – will preview its new book, “Samuel Chan: Design Purity + Design Principles” by design and architecture writers Charlotte and Peter Fiell, alongside a new furniture collection.
This year some of the best lighting names in the industry will take over the lightjunction, which again returns to designjunction. Expect the latest collections from brands including Northern Lighting, ANGO, RUBN, LUUM and Brokis.
New to the show, Vita Copenhagen will showcase its lighting collections, but also present its mobile showroom, the VITA Van, on Granary Square. The van will offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Danish design, amongst some of the iconic styles such as the EOS.
Cameron Peters will launch its own collection of lighting for the first time at designjunction, including the Nelly family of table lamps by young Italian design studio BrogliatoTraverso.
Nocturne Workshop, which specialises in handcrafted lighting, made by founder Simon Day in the London workshop, will be presenting new designs including the Gil lamp. British lighting manufacturer Copper & Silk will be focusing its Kew chandelier and Kew wall light, both inspired by the botanical gardens.
Other key brands to watch out for in Cubitt House at designjunction include: String Furniture, Modus, Very Good and Proper, Haberdashery, Life Space UX by Sony, Cavalcanti, Vitamin, Olivia Aspinall and Ethnicraft.
The Canopy, a temporary pop-up venue for over 60 premium retail brands at designjunction, will be home to everything from fashion accessories and technology, to textiles and stationery. Located outside Waitrose, the large market area will take shape under the impressive heritage protected wrought iron structure, attracting retail buyers and design-savvy consumers.
Block, a design company which takes its inspiration from the minimal Japanese aesthetic, will showcase new products exclusive to the UK, including the Flip calendar, Clipboard frame and Hello coat rack.
Brighton-based Chalk Wovens, which specialises in woven textiles, will also be launching new designs, Groove, Nimbus and Jig; while Scottish designer Heather Shields will preview her first range of handwoven lambswool scarves inspired by childhood games.
Also from Scotland, textile designer Laura Spring will be presenting her new tea towels, notebooks and new colour ways from existing collections. Melin Tregwynt, a brand with its heritage deeply rooted in Welsh design and manufacturing, will be launching its new collection, Vintage Star, a bold double weave in pure wool based on a 1960s archive.
MPA Collective, made up of jewellery designers Matyvonne Wellen, Phylicia Gilijamse and Anne Achenbach who all met in Düsseldorf in 2007, will launch Saturn, two new bracelet designs in anodised aluminium alongside two coordinating pieces of arm jewellery. Meanwhile, born out of love for architecture and graphic form, Nylon Sky will be extending its geometric jewellery collection with a range of paper and gift products.
Glasgow-based jewellery designer and maker Ruth Hollywood will present a new collection of earrings, pendants, rings and bangles, inspired by shapes and patterns found in microscopic images. Established in 2008 by Swedish designer David Ericsson, Void Watches will be introducing its latest series, the PKG01 at designjunction. The PKG01 offers a brand new look designed with the Swedish notion of simplicity.
Textile designer Sinead But will exhibit her new range called the Adventure of Shapes, featuring various geometric forms which are hand painted on tote bags, backpacks and accessories. Specialising in upholstered mid-century chairs, Studio Elizabeth Rose will present new collections by six UK designers; Rebecca Hoyes, Emma Jeffs, Lou Taylor, Rosie Moss, Ernest Race and Holly Berry.
Design Memorabilia, a company which brings an international collection of beautifully designed objects by some of the foremost design talents to the home, will present the food themed Gustibus collection in the UK for the first time. Glass artist Nicholas Collins will show two new collections as part of a twelve-month exploration into water-jet cutting glass techniques, using the theme of optical illusion.
London-based furniture brand Frame & Cover will launch three new chairs, Westwood, Lucienne and Laurie, all sustainably produced and made to order in the UK. Creative studio Tom Pigeon will present its first silver jewellery collection inspired by modern, minimal architecture alongside two new print collections.
Textile designer Anna-Lisa Smith – who specialises in minimal, contemporary merino wool blankets and cushions, all woven and finished within fifty miles of her studio in West Yorkshire – will present the new Iro collection for the first time this September.
Frame Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine reporting on trends in retail, hospitality, events and workplace design, will curate a pop-up bookstore selling a selection of titles including the magazine.
Other exciting brands in the Canopy section include William Branton, Blott Works, Claustrum, Dorothy, dotdotdot, Floor Story, Future and Found, Geo Fleur, Istlondon, M.Hulot, Marby and Elm, Mishmash, Oggetto, Paperself, Room 9, Roxxlyn, The Little Greene, Syns, OMMO, Steel Inc, Holdall & Co, Korridor, GF Smith, Pikaplant and People Will Always Need Plates.
At designjunction, the centrally-located Granary Square will be populated with 10 purpose built, monopoly-style houses, showcasing headline projects and installations filled with immersive design concepts. Leading online platform for home design and renovation, Houzz, will take over two of the houses and offer free design clinics to show visitors. Other brands occupying the houses for the duration of the show include German bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Dornbracht and tech brand Eizo. More details to be announced over the coming weeks.
As designjunction’s main registration point, The Crossing – which runs through Central Saint Martins – will house specially commissioned projects, including an immersive installation from lighting brand, Tala to mark the launch of its new range of sculptural bulbs.
As part of its ongoing Transported by Design series, long-term supporter Transport for London (TfL) will return to designjunction launching three new collaborations with online retailer, MADE.COM; Finnish interior textile company, Vallila; and London-based design studio, Loris & Livia.
Family-owned company and Danish wood specialists, Dinesen will be creating a spectacular installation using its collection of plank floors and designing the registration desk at the focal point of the space. Native Union will launch a beautiful new charging concept, expanding its range of tech accessories for the home. Showcased for the first time exclusively at designjunction, ECLIPSE will introduce a new way to charge multiple devices simultaneously and eliminate messy cables in the home.
Kirkby Design, a modern, high performance fabric resource library with a fresh approach to upholstery fabrics, will be showing its latest fabric collections, including the new Geo range, a demonstration of sophisticated luxe, fusing graphic pattern, contrasting textures and a satisfying minimal aesthetic. Lighting company BLACKBODY wil also return to designjunction this year showcasing its latest collections in The Crossing.
For more information about designjunction please visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk.
designjunction London 2016
Thursday 22 September – Sunday 25 September 2016
1 Granary Square | King’s Cross | London | N1C 4AA
Public ticket prices:
£12 – Standard advance
£15 – On the door
Press registration (free) – www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/pressreg
Trade registration (free) – www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/tradereg, or £15 on the door
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Lucy Price, Account Manager
Jeffrey Cheung, Account Director
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