Design Junction will be this September 19th-23rd during the London Design Festival 2012
On a kick over watching the glory of London stream across my “tele” for the past month with all the Olympic fanfare I have had the itch to see more on British design content. I have only spent a few quick hours here and there sleeping in Heathrow terminals in between tiringly long flights between Canada and the Middle East. While I can appreciate the architecture and incredible people movement strategy I am still irked by the mass lack of comfortable seating/napping spaces that the designers are forced to avoid at all costs… Off topic. There are some cool design trends emerging that I will blog about shortly including the handcrafted, simplistic and fun/whimsical trend in furniture and accessory design. It looks like Design Junction will bring the worlds best of today’s trends and innovations into the limelight. As one of the big shows of this years London Design Festival I am sure it will be a success. I am a huge fan of design events that are more than just a booth by booth tradeshow… Who ever came up with the dumb idea of putting designers into a 10×10 box? This show will put at ease the business side and release more of the creativity and and rawness of design. Hosted in a 1960′s sorting office the objects and exhibits will be less focused on marketing and more on process and creation allowing visitors the ability to connect to the show in a more personal way. The show will be a culmination of shops, exhibits, designers, pechakucha, installations, workshops and pop up bars and cafes filled with live entertainment and colorful designers – including:
Baccarat by Patricia Urquiola and Jamie Hayon
Salviati Glass wall system at the Gelupo cafe
Atelier Areti will present a new line of fun lighting fixtures.
Bocci from my home, vive le CANADA!
Bolon flooring featuring couture collections from Missoni
Beau McClellan representing the latest LED innovations in unique award winning contemporary fixtures
Vitamin furniture, lighting and ceramics
Poltrona Frau celebrating its 100th year in the luxury Italian furniture business
Davison Highley British handmade custom furniture
The list of design partners alone will get you ready to hop on a plane and check it out.