Presenting breakthrough brands shaping design today, the highly anticipated Designjunction has opened its doors for the ninth edition of the show. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in everything Designjunction has to offer, whether it’s discovering the latest furniture and lighting trends in Cubitt House, or engaging in design debates at the Talks Programme in the Everyman Cinema. “Re(act)” is the show’s theme for 2019, as Designjunction welcomes more than 150 exhibitors from around the world, from leading established brands to emerging design talent.
In The Canopy, Yamaha Design Studio and Keechdesign collaborate on an interactive exhibit of designed objects inspired by building blocks. The two studios have challenged eight UK-based designers from big brands, such as Nikon and Hitachi, as well as from design and architecture studios, to create toys that also offer a new purpose or experience value. The stand is an interactive space where visitors can experience and play with the final designed objects. By creating joy from objects, the exhibition aims to prolong their lifecycle.
Positioned on the King’s Boulevard walkway leading to Granary Square, multi-award-winning British designer Steuart Padwick presents his five and a half metre high sculptures, called “Talk To Me,” in support of the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time To Change. As visitors approach the breathing, interactive giant wooden figures, a proximity sensor is triggered, and they begin to voice poignant and uplifting words read aloud by notable names including Niamh Cusack, Joelle Taylor, Adam Kammerling and Chris Thorpe. These conversations start to crack the “burden” of each figure to release a glowing light.
Alongside the ten shortlisted projects for the Rado Star Prize UK 2019, two lighting brands – Anglepoise and Haberdashery – have unveiled colourful installations in The King’s Cross Light Tunnel. British lighting brand Anglepoise presents six playful installations, each featuring a Giant Anglepoise Lamp, which lights up inspirational quotes installed on the light panels of the tunnel. Visitors are invited to jump into the sets and take photos by the light of a “Giant.” Elsewhere in the Light Tunnel, Haberdashery are showing their award-winning Dawn To Dusk lamps in an installation that celebrates the rising and setting sun. Inspired by memories of light, the table lamp is from their Evoke collection, which this year alone has won the Red Dot Best of The Best Award and a European Product Design Platinum Award.
For more details and to plan your visit, head to www.thedesignjunction.co.uk.