Published on : Friday, October 20, 2017
From September 21 to 24, designjunction celebrated its best show to date, attracting a record breaking 28,000 visitors to the King’s Cross site over four days. 200 leading international design brands exhibited across five exhibition spaces, and the show launched a brand new Talks Programme which welcomed more than 50 top inspirational speakers.
2017 marked the 7th UK edition of the show during the annual London Design Festival. Visitors came from across the world to see the exhibition with 91 visiting countries recorded, firmly reinforcing this year’s marketing campaign ‘Where Design Meets.’ 69% of visitors were from the UK whilst 31% were international.
On returning to the King’s Cross site, Show Director Will Sorrell said, “The success of this year’s show is a true reflection of how designjunction continues to grow in synergy with King’s Cross. The event took a significant step forward in 2017, with spectacular, memorable installations that cemented the area’s reputation as London’s design hub; an impressive selection of UK and international exhibitors; and a new and hugely popular talks programme. We are excited for the future and already planning an even more ambitious 2018 edition.”
The show highlights for this year included:
Visitors couldn’t miss Turkishceramics’s Gateways, which was the most photographed and shared project at the show. The commission by Adam Nathaniel Furman showcased Turkey’s rich ceramic history through four, brightly coloured gates, each referencing a different era.
Other highlights included Campari’s narrowboat on the waterways with bespoke logo installation by Eley Kishimoto, bloomon’s flower filled immersive tunnel and Design Dubai District (d3) presentation of 18 designers from across the Middle East Region.
British brand Bethan Gray launched a new monochrome marquetry set from the Shamsian Collection, which uses traditional Islamic craft dating back to the sixteenth century. Also from the UK was Deadgood with eye-catching new rug Pop, Another Country’s extended Hardy Series and Barber & Osgerby’s Ballot Chair for Isokon Plus.
The show also hosted a strong showcase from Scandinavia with the likes of Icons of Denmark, Frederica, Friends & Founders and Design House Stockholm joining the line-up.
The Canopy was the London Design Festival’s top retail destination, with more than 75 premium pop-up shops selling everything from homewares and textiles to leather goods and prints. HAM’s bespoke bunny mural welcomed shoppers to the show. Kickstarter and Assemble presented a new range of experimental homeware products called SPLATWARE, which they used to serve a selection of treats to passers-by.
designjunction’s brand new talks programme took place at neighbouring venue, The Office Group. Based around the show’s theme ‘where design meets’, the programme explored the issues and topics which affect the design industry today from technology and politics to home and colour.