After a bustling day of preparations our booth is ready and opened last night for the press preview of this weekend’s Design Junction event. In line with its utilitarian appearance, the design expo is bursting with innovative products and inspiring designers, eager to discuss their latest work, it is well organised and easy to navigate. If you’re heading to Design Junction this weekend, here’s a quick round up of our favourite bits:
The ground floor is filled with home accessories ranging from glossy coffee table books at Phaidon (C1) to diptyque perfume (C5). We found many a hidden gem in the Midcentury Modern area (G10) including the earthy clay tones and hand-painted tops of Nanadobbie ceramics, an antique shop hailing from Brighton; the Disco Triangle Table and Ash Leaf Kidney Table, two modern interpretations of 50s and 60s contemporary prints atop Lucy Turner’s kidney shaped coffee tables; and Tabitha Bargh’s mood inspiring corrugated cardboard lamp shades which are made from 85% recycled materials.
The Artek Café forms the centre of the ground floor and is a great place to hang out and people watch. Meat lovers will drool at the sight of the smoked meat for sale on the bar, for others there are continental beers and snacks.
Floor One opens out into a large bright space that showcases lighting products, ceramics and homeware collections, smaller pieces of furniture and installation art / ornaments from collectives such as Ceramics Camberwell, a group of graduates from Camberwell College of Art.
Highlights for us included the Orla Kiely House range of homeware products (F18) that covets the Irish designer’s iconic prints on products such as ceramics, rugs, cottons and linens for bathrooms and kitchen, and furniture. We love the bath towels!
Vessel Gallery (F11) also caught our eye with their beautiful Angel Falls installation, designed by Nigel Coates, cascades from ceiling to floor. Dozens of little men, arms outstretched as if flying have been sculpted out of Italian crystal to form the chandelier. In comparison Blooming Spark, designed and hand sculpted by Tsai & Yoshikawa, sits high up in the roof space – a collection of linear light shards manipulated into flowers around low energy bulbs.
Vitamin (F58) lights up one corner of the space with a cluster of its “monkey fist” knot lamps that come suspended or as desk top versions.
Just behind we found Content by Conran (F19), the new modular sofa range by Sir Terence Conran. Combined with luxurious fabric from Abraham Moon & Sons, a company that has been producing fabrics from British woollen mills since 1837, the sofas and armchairs come in traditional herringbone, tartans and dogtooth patterns, all perfect for winter.
Upstairs on Floor Two big names such as Bocci (S25), Benchmark (S10) and Another Country (S24) take over the space with larger furniture and lighting collections. We love Gubi (S5) with their latest range of lights and furniture that bring classic contemporary designs into the 21st century. The Adnet Collection includes original designs from 1946 by Frenchman Jacques Adnet. The leather covered mirror pendants were originally designed in collaboration with fashion house Hermes.
Our booth (F60) is located on Floor One so come and visit us for a break on our Float Sofa by Sancal. We also have a range of lights by WAN Furniture and Accessories Award winner, Naomi Paul and oodles of information about World Interiors News.
We hope you enjoy Design Junction as much as we are!