WAN Award winners to exhibit at designjunction

World Interiors News is delighted to be exhibiting the winning, shortlisted and commended entries from this year's WAN Furniture & Interior Accessories Awards at designjunction. Taking place at The Sorting Office, London from 19-23 September 2012, confirmed exhibitors so far include overall winner Naomi Paul for her Omi pendants, plus shortlisted entries Knot Lamp by Vitamin and Eric Parry's Vigilia Bench.

Chosen from an exceptionally high calibre of submissions by a distinguished panel of judges, the winning entries demonstrated the most innovative, creative and pioneering work in furniture and interior accessories design. Not only will visitors have a unique opportunity to view these distinctive products, they will also get to meet members of the World Interiors News team.

designjunction is set to be the premier destination at this year's London Design Festival with a powerful line-up of world renowned brands and creative enterprises housed in London's largest non-purpose built event space. Set within the impressive surrounds of a 1960s Sorting Office, the venue offers a spectacular industrial backdrop to showcase the best in global design. Moving away from the traditional trade show environment, the Sorting Office will strike the perfect balance between creative and commercial, offering visitors a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere in which to engage and connect with design.

Three floors, across an impressive 120,000 sq ft. space, will be devoted to leading international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, temporary restaurants, bars and cafes, working flash factories, live entertainment, a leading seminar programme and much more.

Top international brands take centre stage
designjunction will feature more than 100 world-class international brands. New product launches, new furniture and lighting brands plus creative installations will be presented at this spectacular central London venue. Exhibitors already confirmed include: Agape, AODH, Another Country, Assembly Rooms, Atelier Areti, Artek, Authentics, Autoban, Baccarat, Benchmark, Benjamin Hubert, Beau McClellan, G&T by Bethan Gray, Bernhardt, Bensen, Bocci, Bolon, Bulthaup, Carl Hansen & Sons, Case, Cappellini, Cassina, Channels, Charlene Mullen, Cherchbi, Chorus, Content by Conran, Davison Highley, Dare Studio, De La Espada, Designers in Residence, E15, EOQ, Fritz Hansen, Gubi, Helen Yardley, Hierve, Hitch Mylius, Innermost, James Burleigh, Jake Dyson, Jason Bruges Studio, John Galvin, KI, Klaus Haapaniemi, Lerival, Leif.designpark, Matthew Hilton, Miranda Watkins, Modus, Montis, OPM, Orsjo, Orla Kiely, Poltrona Frau, Pinch, Quarterre, Retail Facility, Salviati, Tetrashed, The Sculpture House, Traullit Dekor, Thonet, Tokyobike, Viaduct, Very Good & Proper, Wallace & Sewell, When Objects Work, Young & Norgate, Zanotta, and Zilio A&C. Further collaborations will be announced in due course.

Live flash factories
designjunction will transform part of the Sorting Office's ground floor into a series of interactive Flash Factories, where the processes of industrial production will be brought to life, courtesy of some of the world's leading design manufacturers.

A key highlight will be furniture pioneers Thonet demonstrating their mobile wood-bending machine, used to craft the classic 214 chair. Every hour, on the hour, visitors will be able to witness this pioneering manufacturing technique, dating back to the 1850s, as two highly skilled Thonet craftsmen demonstrate how the backrest of this iconic cafe chair is perfected. No other chair has ever been reproduced as many times as the 214 (over 60 million and counting), which makes this manufacturing masterclass all the more special. Other leading brands will reveal their unique production skills.

The Tramshed
- one of the most exciting events at the London Design Festival in 2010 and 2011 returns this year to a new location within designjunction. The Tramshed will present a diverse and carefully curated selection of work from vibrant companies, both established and emerging. This will include work from design-led brands working in collaboration with De La Espada, including Autoban, Matthew Hilton, Miranda Watkins, Retail Facility, Charlene Mullen, Benjamin Hubert and Simon Hasan.

Midcentury Modern - experts in curating vintage design classics and modern collectables will transport a smaller version of their celebrated show to designjunction, presenting 20 top mid-century dealers alongside young designers and up-cyclers on the ground floor. Enjoy a wealth of design classics from Wegner, Eames, Jacobsen and Nelson, as well as contemporary homeware from the best in British, all available to buy directly from the show on the day.

The Crafts Council - new touring exhibition Added Value? will make its way to designjunction this September. The exhibition questions the value of contemporary craft within the current landscape of branding and luxury. The current desire for authenticity, quality and craftsmanship is redefining notions of luxury. Terms like handcrafted and craftsmanship are being adopted by global brands as an indicator of quality and value. Added Value? investigates perceptions of value and the increasing interest in provenance and production narratives connected with the things we buy and use. The exhibition questions whether craft is the new language for luxury. Added Value? features contemporary, high-quality and bespoke objects by makers Zoe Arnold, Bompas & Parr, carréducker, Simon Hasan, Tracy Kendall and Oliver Ruuger.

designjunction will host a full programme of seminars and talks, designed to challenge, provoke and engage with 21st Century design. Art and design collective The Decorators will transform an area of the show into a hand-built cinema structure to host talks and film screenings. The project entitled 'Architecture to watch films by' will look at the relationship between film and architecture; its design will be influenced by the film content screened on the inside walls. The cinema will be presented as a cinematic building, creating a moment of transition into the world of film. All seminars and screenings are free to attend.

Meanwhile, PechaKucha night - the fast-paced presentation format - will feature a stellar line-up of international speakers on Friday 21 September. designjunction will be the London Design Festival's late-night destination of choice with live DJs and an irrepressible party atmosphere for one night only.

Maggie's Fundraising Project: Joy of Living (Part Two)
Following on from the success of the initial Joy of Living project, which raised a remarkable £30,000, Maggie's charity and design consultant Max Fraser have teamed up with designjunction to present a second charity initiative. Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles Jencks founded Maggie's in 1996 with the aim to help people build a life beyond cancer. Maggie, who sadly died from the illness, once said "Above all, what matters is to not lose the joy of living in the fear of dying." This poignant quote informed the direction and title of this fundraising project. Their unique centres, designed by leading architects such as Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Piers Gough, create spaces where anyone affected by the disease can go for help.

This time around, Maggie's and Max are inviting people to donate a domestic product, be it a light, vase or mug, and customise it in response to the brief 'Joy of Living'. There will be a temporary exhibition at designjunction with a live auction on the preview evening to help raise funds for the charity.

designjunction is proud to support Maggie's as their official charity - all public donations will go directly to the cause. Donations can be taken here: https://maggies.workwithus.org/Fundraising/Donate.aspx Visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk for further information. For updates, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/designjunction or register at http://designjunction.eventbrite.com/?ebtv=C
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