London Design Festival Tradeshows: designjunction

Now in its eighth year, critically-acclaimed designjunction – which attracted 28,000 visitors in 2017 – is set to transport to the cultural hub of London’s South Bank with a stellar line-up of leading international brands. Launched in 2011 by a team of design industry experts, designjunction connects the world’s most renowned design brands, with the world’s leading architects, interior designers, specifiers and buyers.
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designjunction has firmly established its reputation for transforming some of the most exciting and ambitious locations in London into premier design destinations. In 2018, designjunction will transport to the iconic and cultural South Bank, which attracts 25 million visitors each year. Surrounded by iconic architecture, designjunction will expand over three sites; Doon Street site, Oxo Tower Wharf and Riverside Walkway, all of which are owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.

The Doon Street site will house 200 international design brands and premium pop-up shops. This purpose built super-structure will be the largest and most ambitious build designjunction has ever undertaken to present furniture, accessories, lighting and homewares in dedicated zones across two floors. The Riverside Walkway will showcase a series of outdoor installation projects, whilst Oxo Tower Wharf will host major brand activations, exhibitions and experiential events.

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designjunction will showcase a stellar line-up of brands in 2018, including leading international names such as Erik Joergensen, New Tendency, Northern, Gemla, James Burleigh, Norr11, VitrA, Icons of Denmark and LSA alongside emerging designers Emma Cerasulo, Studio Anansi, Woven Form, Ystudio and Alex Orso.

Show-stopping installations on the South Bank

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Drink at The Glenlivet whiskey bar by Bethan Gray

On the ground floor of the Doon Street site at designjunction, award-winning British designer Bethan Gray has teamed up with whiskey experts The Glenlivet to create an experiential celebration of craft in the form of a bar serving a specially created menu of food and cocktails.

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Bethan Gray has drawn inspiration from the Cairngorms, home of The Glenlivet, and explored the natural landscape surrounding the distillery to design a unique reinterpretation of her distinctive Dhow pattern influenced by the River Spey and the layers of mist that gather in the neighbouring valleys. The hand-stained birds-eye maple and solid copper inlay reflect the charred barrels and copper stills used by The Glenlivet in the whisky making process.

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The bar itself is made from marble with a brass inlay – a new technique mastered with long-term collaborator Mohamad Reza Shamsian and his Muscat-based workshop of 120 artisans. The bar will also feature Bethan Gray’s Victoria lights for Editions Milano, shown for the first time in UK within lightjunction – designjunction’s curation of international and innovative emerging lighting brands.

 

Unique pop-up restaurant by leading brands

Located on the first floor of the Doon Street site at designjunction, STILL is a unique restaurant installation curated by design consultancy and procurement specialists By Form. Space is designed with harmonious layers of color and texture to offer a setting for quiet contemplation in the bustle of the show.

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The pop-up restaurant features a refined collection of design across lighting, textiles, surfaces, furniture and new materials, including brands; &tradition, Anour, KABE Copenhagen, Zilenzio and Atkinson & Kirby. The menu will be provided by Nordic inspired 26 Grains, the name refers to the number of ancient grains that are used to produce simple, healthy food.

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Surfaces experts Caesarstone also join the list of leading brands brought together for the STILL restaurant project. The brand has used its newly launched Topus Concrete for the restaurant’s main bar. Developed as part of the design teams wider exploration of industrial finishes and weathered patinas, Topus Concrete’s gentle linear pattern is reminiscent of Jupiter’s rotating cloud bands, while its warm blush pink colors sit harmoniously within the calming palette used across Still.

 

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