The fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction
is set to raise the bar this year by taking over two new central London venues; The College
, formerly home to Central Saint Martins and the striking event space Victoria House B1
, both located on Southampton Row.
At The College
will showcase more than 100 leading international cutting-edge contemporary design brands – and many product launches. Resonating with the building’s illustrious design history, designjunction will take over five impressive floors of the spectacular Lethaby building as well as other stunning spaces within the campus.
Across the road Victoria House B1
will house more than 50 design-led pop up shops, nearly doubling the show’s retail offering. It will be the premier destination for all the latest home accessories, luxury leather goods, statement jewellery, limited edition art prints, unusual stationery and much more.
“This is a really exciting time for designjunction as we expand across two new locations in central London with the opportunity to deliver an entirely original edition of our flagship London show,
” said designjunction’s Managing Director and Founder, Deborah Spencer
. “The former Central Saint Martins is at the heart of London’s vibrant design scene and the perfect environment for visitors to connect and engage with design.
Expect to encounter live workshops and flash-factories, one-off collaborations, hundreds of new product launches, inspiring installations and delectable food.
promises to deliver an unrivalled experience – making it central London’s leading destination for contemporary design and the most important global meeting point during the London Design Festival
. Read on to find out what to expect at the show
What to expect at The College
will become the backdrop to the Festival’s most inspiring mix of international brands. Cutting-edge design will create a striking contrast to the school’s characteristic classrooms.
designjunction’s stellar line-up of brands include: Herman Miller, Wrong for HAY, Fritz Hansen, TON, Marset,
Vitra, La Chance, Objekten, James Burleigh, Benjamin Hubert, Channels, Andreu World, Allermuir, James UK, Kirkby Design, Ligne Roset, String Furniture, MOLO, BoConcept, Dare Studio, EOQ, Modus, Made in Ratio, Places & Spaces, String, Another Brand, Atelier Areti, Zita Menyhart Studio
and many more.
lightjunction expands, taking over the entire ground floor of The College
– transforming the staff headquarters and old Dean’s office with pioneering light displays from some of the world’s leading decorative lighting brands. Brands include: Fontana Arte, Mullan Lighting, Brokis, Blackbody, CTO Lighting, RUBN, Örsjö, Rothchild & Bickers and Northern Lighting
This year the show will be partnering with Transport for London (TfL)
to create a one-off restaurant exclusively for designjunction visitors. Design brand Wrong for HAY
will be collaborating with La Marzocco
to serve the finest artisan coffee in a bespoke café setting. Outside street food vans will park up in the Courtyard serving foods from across the globe for the duration of the show.
Leading seminar programme
designjunction’s leading seminar programme will be themed around the concept ‘Design for a Reason’
. Chaired by Aidan Walker
, the programme will explore how issues like sustainability and digital developments affect the design process in today’s world. The exciting programme will take place in the former 300 seater Cochrane Theatre at The College.
Pop-up Underground Installation
will be designing and building a monumental pop-up Underground station made entirely from wood. The life-sized installation, which will sit next to the TfL café, will be hand painted to reflect a typical station. The structure will showcase both classic and brand new TfL design collections from Alice Made This, Blue Marmalade, Lindsey Lang, Mini Moderns
and textiles by Michelle Mason for Swoon Editions.
What to expect at Victoria House B1
More than 50 high-end design stores and boutique brands will ‘pop-up’ up at Victoria House B1, bringing together an irresistible mix of brands in one central destination. Expect to browse the latest tech accessories, design objects, one-off prints, handmade ceramics, statement jewellery and much more.
Shops joining the line-up include; Nest.co.uk, Richard Brendon, HEAL’S, Skultuna, Larsson & Jennings, Design Museum Shop, Design K, Native Union, Uniform Wares, Cherchbi, Dyke & Dean, Artful Project, HAM, Floor Story, Outline Editions, VOID Watches, Octaveo, One We Made Earlier, Link, Melin Tregwynt, Rokos, Kangan Arora, Korridor, Laura Spring, Gilly Langton Jewellery
Don’t Miss: Late Night Shopping at Victoria House B1 Thursday 24 Sept 19:00 – 21:00
designjunction will host a late night shopping event for visitors to enjoy special discounts from participating stores and a glass of complimentary prosecco on arrival. Shoppers will also be treated to a Design Masterclass from Nest.co.uk
and interior specialists 2 Lovely Gays
alongside live demonstrations and music. Details on how to register will follow shortly.
The Design Clinic & Design Masterclasses
designjunction is delighted to partner with Nest.co.uk
as the official show retail partner. Nest.co.uk will present the ‘Design Clinic’
– a home advice collaboration with interior designers 2 Lovely Gays
. Visitors will be able to book complimentary sessions with the charming professionals throughout the show. The 2 Lovely Gays
will also host daily Design Masterclasses
in the Nest.co.uk
Join the Tokyobike tours
Super cool Japanese brand, Tokyobike
is set to make tracks this September with a series of guided bike tours across London, starting and finishing at Victoria House B1. Riders will be shown some of the best destinations across the city hosted by design industry experts. Get ahead of the crowd and register interest in the tours by emailing email@example.com.
A Child’s Dream - charity project
designjunction is proud to support Teddy’s Wish
for the second edition of ‘A Child’s Dream’
designjunction have partnered with Vitra
for the charity collaboration this year, who have donated the iconic Eames elephant for selected brands to customise and sell at auction. This timeless children’s toy will be transformed by 20 leading international designers including Lee Broom, FRONT, Eley Kishimoto, CKR, Fredrikson Stallard, Industrial Facility, Michael Marriott, Max Lamb, Gensler, Raw Edges, Neri & Hu, Terence Woodgate and Zandra Rhodes
. The online auction will go live on opening night of the show.
Register now at thedesignjunction.co.uk/register
Trade: FREE Press: FREE Public £8.00 2nd tier / £10.00 3rd tier / £12.00 on the door
Wednesday 23 Sept
16.00 – 18.00 Press Preview
19.00 – 21.00 VIP opening (by invitation only)
Thursday 24 Sept 11.00 – 21.00 (Show open + late night opening)
Friday 25 Sept 11.00 – 19.00 Show open
Saturday 26 Sept 11.00 – 19.00 Show open
Sunday 27 Sept 11.00 – 16.00 Show open
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