For the second year, the voluminous industrial 1960s Postal Sorting Office in Holborn is the backdrop for designjunction, a design show presenting an edited selection of global brands and emerging companies. For its third edition spread over three enormous floors, the show not only brings together exhibitors of furniture, lighting and accessories but also pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings.
This year, the organisers are placing greater emphasis on illumination with the launch of an area dedicated to high-end decorative lighting, suitably called ‘lightjunction’. Staged in partnership with experts Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, the show brings together international lighting brands to exhibit their beautiful yet practical lighting designs.
designjunction is one of the London Design Festival's most important design show, widely known as the global meeting point for the industry. From all corners of the world, brands flock to the must-visit destination, bringing a wealth of product launches and inspiring pieces with them.
Critically acclaimed designjunction is set to present the second edition of the premier design show during the London Design Festival this September. Well known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands and smaller cutting-edge enterprises, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering innovative, authentic design and technology. Breaking the mould of the traditional trade show environment, designjunction strikes the balance between creative and commercial, inspiring visitors from all across the globe.
designjunction, which last year attracted more than 17,000 visitors, will showcase the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. designjunction showcases design against a stunning industrial backdrop, striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show.
This year, designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings will be presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.
designjunction will feature more than 150 brands – making it central London’s leading destination for contemporary design and the most important global meeting point of the Festival.
Since its inception 2011, designjunction has achieved global success, transporting satellite editions of the show to other destinations including Milan and more recently New York.
Wednesday 18 Sept. Preview 4-6pm
Thursday 19 Sept. 10am-8pm
Friday 20 Sept. 10am-7pm
Saturday 21 Sept. 10am-6pm
Sunday 22 Sept. 10am-4pm
The Sorting Office 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BA
The collective of design showrooms, stores and like minded restaurants and cafes that make up Fitzrovia Now will be again joining forces to put on a spectacular show for London Design Festival 2013. Fitzrovia, best known for its village atmosphere and bohemian vibe, is a hub of creativity with scores of design businesses, art galleries and independent restaurants and shops – the perfect place to gain inspiration. A stop off on the design trail definitely worth its weight, from its amazing eateries, art galleries, to the many inspiring design boutiques and well-known design showrooms and shops, you can experience it all in Fitzrovia.
17 sept / Open Debate: Is London building a sterile city? / Open House London 2013 / Charles Darwin House / London
We live and work in the city, but just how liveable is London architecture? Open-City launches its first Open Debate as the spotlight event to 2013’s Open House London Weekend, giving a voice to the citizens of London, both public user and design professional, on the kind of city we are creating.
London continues to grow, develop and morph, yet how successful have recent developments been in cultivating a liveable community? Ranked this month as 55th of 140 cities in the EUI’s most liveable city in the world, is London losing its vibrancy with homogenous housing and a lack of well designed public spaces? Or are we experiencing a revival in creative architecture and community spirit? Bearing in mind such influential development as the Olympic Park, Kings Cross, Crossrail, and future development of Battersea, Waterloo, Elephant & Castle; the Open Debate looks at how, or if, the ‘stewards’ of our city’s enhancement are creating the best possible future places and spaces for us to utilise and inhabit.
Chaired by BBC correspondant Razia Iqbal, the panel of key capital representatives include:
- Leo Hollis, Historian, urbanist and author of recently published ‘Cities Are Good For You: The Genius of the Metropolis’ (April 2013)
- Steve Howlett, Chief Executive of Peabody Estates
- Sue Illman, Director of Illman Young Landscape Design and President of Landscape Institute
- Bob Allies, Partner of Allies and Morrison Architects
17 sept / Late night opening / Shoreditch Design Triangle and Clerkenwell Design Quarter / London Design Festival / London
The Shoreditch Design Triangle 2013 is set to be the most coherent street by street event during this year’s London Design Festival.
Now in its 5th consecutive year, the event brings together a fascinating collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafes, bars, brands and one-off events for a week of design-led festivities.
Truly collaborative and harking back to the days when the Hoxton and Shoreditch area was re-invigorated by the Young British Artist movement, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.
This year the event incorporates over 50 participants and has a wonderful blend of ideas behind it. Expect to see artisan, rural and high-tech craft, agriculturally themed products, locally made products, British made products, American made products, human-centred design, design inspired by electromagnetic fields, up-cycled furniture, new sustainable upholstery, new furniture, new lighting, new objects, a large show of ceramics, portrait photography, contemporary illustration, some cat-eye shoes and even a range of architecturally shaped puddings (to eat). Alongside this visual and physical feast, there are walking tours that take in both local history and a number of contemporary design studios, design talks on most days and a range of engaging workshops.
The event runs from 14th – 22nd September with the majority of venues opening late on Tuesday 17th and the likelihood of a number of parties during the week.
Installed outside Tate Modern, the towering structure will invite visitors to climb and explore a series of 15 Escher-like interlocking staircases made from a prefabricated construction using 44 cubic metres of American tulipwood donated by AHEC members. As a viewpoint, Endless Stair provides breath-taking views along the River Thames.
The complex construction is designed by Alex de Rijke, Co-Founder of dRMM Architects and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, working closely with engineers at Arup. De Rijke has described timber as ‘the new concrete’, predicting that it will be the dominant construction material of the 21st Century.
Endless Stair sees the London Design Festival reviving its longstanding relationship with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) in a playful, yet technically ambitious public project to be installed with the powerful backdrop of one of the city’s best-loved landmarks, Tate Modern.
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Monday – Sunday 9am-dusk
The installation will be open 13 September - 10 October 2013