Returning for its ninth year, designjunction will present more than 200 international design brands, 70 pop-up shops and installations and a host of thought-provoking talks.
The 2019 edition of designjunction will activate the wealth of creative institutions within the King’s Cross area to an unprecedented degree. The first ever King’s Cross Design District will see a host of world-leading designers and compelling activities take place throughout several key show locations, bringing the very best new furniture, lighting and accessory products to the fore.
What is more, local brands and friends within the district will hold interactive talks, events and workshops within their own showrooms and headquarters. Watch out for Tom Dixon’s ‘TOUCHYSMELLYFEELYNOISYTASTY’ festival within a festival and witness the worlds of fashion and design colliding at COS, Wolf & Badger and Central Saint Martins.
designjunction’s trade destination, Cubitt House, will return with a host of established and emerging names in the furniture and lighting sectors. One such prominent name, LSA, will launch sleek new collections of modular decorative glassware and modernist, geometric barware inspired by architectural shapes and iconic brutalist structures, all mouth-blown to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Tapping into the Bauhaus-inspired design movement, Scandinavian duo Friends and Founders will launch structural new pieces, including their FF chairs, which feature a chrome-plated steel tube structure and curved backrest.
Celebration of British and European design and craftsmanship will be an important theme in this year’s show. Fourth generation British wooden furniture designer, TedWood, will launch its latest collection of handcrafted pieces, whilst Czech Republic-based furniture company TON will show new armchair, coffee table and barstool designs.
Other key names include Di Classe, We Design Silence, Very Good and Proper, Icons of Denmark, VitrA, Actiu, James UK, Sixteen3, Dowsing & Reynolds.
The King’s Cross Light Tunnel will also be a key destination, and for the first time will be home to the third edition of the Rado Star Prize UK. Championing the next generation of young British designers working across interior, industrial and technology design, the competition will culminate in an exhibition and awards ceremony in the Light Tunnel.
For retail buyers and design-savvy consumers, The Canopy is the place to be for premium pop-up shops and emerging design labels. Everything from ceramics and glassware to fashion accessories and stationery will feature under the heritage-protected wrought iron structure.
Look out for Harriet Caslin’s porcelain lighting and tableware designs, Abalon’s porcelain jewellery and sustainable candles, and sculptural metal wall panels by Kei Tominaga.
Complementing these trade and retail arenas, a brand new talks programme will take place at the Everyman Cinema on Handyside Street. Curated by design and architecture writer and commentator, Grant Gibson, the programme of presentations, book clubs and discussions is set to challenge, provoke and engage with the design world of today and tomorrow.