With a rich programme of design experiences, top activities at the show will include:
Experiential Workshops, Exhibitions and Live Demonstrations
Doon Street site
International design brand Gufram will present its playful Disco Gufram installation on the ground floor of the Doon Street site. Visitors to the show will be able to experience the immersive nightclub-inspired interior, a space intertwined with pop culture since the mid 1960’s, re-thought and re-shaped by Gufram.
The Italian manufacturer has collaborated with three design studios on a disco-inspired collection: an extensive collection of sofas by Italian Atelier Biagetti, a series of innovative cabinets by Dutch design collective ROTGANZEN and a colourful range of rugs by French duo GGSV.
Disco GuframBrixton-based architecture practice Squire and Partners will host mentoring sessions for architecture students from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust network, giving them the opportunity to engage with experienced mentors from the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme. Located in activity zone The Designers’ Dreamscape, designed by the award-winning practice with bespoke plywood furniture by Uncommon Projects, the interactive workshops will help connect young designers with industry leaders in a transformative, multi-sensory environment. The mentoring sessions will take place on Friday 21 September between 14:00 and 16:30.
Sound Architect Tom Middleton and designer Tim Gledstone will give a talk on multisensory design in The Designers’ Dreamscape on Friday 21 September at 11:30. They will share their insights into how and why incorporating transitional multi-sensory layers, such as sound and fragrance, into the design of workspaces is good for creativity and communication. Also in The Designers’ Dreamscape, London-based stationery experts Mark + Fold will host a pop-up shop featuring their carefully crafted collection of notebooks, cards and accessories.
The Designers’ Dreamscape by Squire and PartnersThe Experimental Perfume Club will run a series of workshops in connection with its new Layers collection - visitors will learn about the ingredients used and blend their own fragrance with founder and expert perfumer Emmanuelle Moeglin.
Experimental Perfume ClubKatie Leamon will be exhibiting at designjunction for the first time this year and to celebrate will be offering free personalisation at its stand. The show will see the launch of HiDE, the brand’s debut leather collection, which will be available for personalisation using a debossing press. Katie Leamon will also be providing gold foil personalisation on a range of stationery such as lettersets, notecards and diaries with a traditional hot foil printing machine.
Personalised stationery and accessories by Katie LemonMONC will be offering free personalisation and monogramming on their made in England glasses cases at their stand. Using a vintage Kingsley hot foil embossing machine, each case will be stamped with classic gold, silver or nude lettering. Their beautifully crafted cases are handmade from vegetable tanned leather.
Made in England glasses case and glasses by MONCFor its first appearance at designjunction, Earl Of East London will be transforming its stand into an immersive Japanese spa installation to launch the new travel inspired fragrance collection. Complete with pine cladding and folding screens, the new line will be showcased within the minimal design aesthetic of Japan. The space will be scented with “Onsen” using ultrasonic diffusers, and there will be traditional Japanese Onsen music and Green tea by Tiosk available to enhance the multi-sensory experience.
New travel-inspired candle collection by Earl of East LondonInnovative new design brand &Bespoke will showcase its new Edition One Collection in the Gallery space at the Oxo Tower Wharf. Established by highly experienced furniture designers and life-long friends, Steven Owens and Roger Bannister, &Bespoke takes its clients on a creative journey through the design and production process, delivering tailor-made interior products of the very highest calibre. Through its extensive network of highly-skilled craftsmen, combined with an expert knowledge built up over more than 25 years in the design industry, &Bespoke has the capacity to produce furniture pieces in a variety of materials and finishes.
Bure dining chair by &BespokeThe Bargehouse
The Bargehouse will welcome the Rado Star Prize UK exhibition showcasing the shortlisted concepts of the ten Rado Star Prize UK finalists. From lighting and ceramics to furniture and innovative manufacturing processes, the projects explore the idea of passing time and enriching life with products that enhance the user’s awareness of where they spend their time. The winner, who will be announced on the first day of the show, will receive a £5,000 cash prize as well as a Rado watch. During the show, visitors will be able to nominate their favourite project from among the finalists. The winner of the public vote will also be awarded a Rado watch.
Urban Roof Gardens, leading design practice creating unique and stylish roof gardens, will bring its new Urban Biophilia concept to the Bargehouse courtyard. Exploring the profound relationship between people and nature, the installation will provide city dwellers with a botanical sanctuary.
Urban Roof GardensCase Furniture will launch new additions to its award winning Eos outdoor collection. Winner of the Design Guild Mark award in 2016, the Eos range designed by Matthew Hilton takes its name from the Greek goddess of dawn and bringer of light. Both physically and visually lightweight, the range is designed with clean lines and a minimal silhouette. A key addition to the Eos range is the Eos Picnic Table, which will be presented in the the Oxo Tower Wharf courtyard as part of a communal outdoor area where visitors will be able to meet and relax.
Picnic table by Case FurnitureAt designjunction, Swiss Design Council Pro Helvetia will introduce the best in contemporary Swiss design. The exhibition – Design Switzerland – will feature seven emerging design studios and will display a wide range of projects, from a household composting system by WormUp GmbH to minimalistic sport equipment by Ulysse Martel. The exhibition will also showcase innovative accessories developed in Greenland by Hors Pistes, an interactive LED lighting installation by iiode, contemporary homeware pieces by SUPERLIFE as well as a series of minimal everyday objects by Dimitri Bähler Studio. Combining innovation, high quality and longevity, the projects selected are ingrained in Switzerland’s craft heritage while challenging the traditional production methods.
VPT&C ceramic collection by Dimitri BählerBritish designer Steuart Padwick is collaborating with 3D printing experts 3dpeople.uk to develop a series of art pieces, inspired by his 9 metre high sculpture ‘Head Above Water’ located on Queen’s Stone jetty. Showcased at the Bargehouse, the pieces will be auctioned for Time to Change to help raise awareness for mental health. The main piece on display will be a two-metre high 3D printed ‘Head Above Water’ sculpture by 3dpeople. The ‘Head’ will be created using a generated algorithm representing the synapses of the brain in a mesh material.
3D printed ‘Head Above Water’ by Steuart Padwick and 3dpeopleIn addition to this, throughout the show, 3dpeople.uk will be using a Formlabs Form 2 printer to experiment with, and push the possibilities of this new printing technology. Each day, they will create a new 17cm version of the ‘Head’ in an array of colourways. Steuart Padwick is working with award-winning engineering consultancy Hoare Lea and Kings College London on the different colour combinations and how they can represent the emotions of the brain - this will be reflected in the colours used for the model heads.
The Riverside Walkway will provide a platform for Mud Shell, an innovative housing project marrying ancient earth architecture techniques with the latest drone spraying technology. Led by architect Stephanie Chaltiel, the project aims to build a simple but sturdy and durable housing system that can be customised depending on the location. Stephanie has developed a unique digital tool that can be piloted or programmed to "Drone Spray" natural materials over a light prefabricated framework until it forms an inhabitable structure.
Drone spraying live demonstrations will take place on Thursday 20 September at 9:30am and 12:30pm