designjunction what’s on guide

This September, designjunction (20 – 23) will take residence at London’s South Bank for a four-day celebration of world-class design. The critically-acclaimed design show will offer a vast array of things to do and see across three key locations.

The Doon Street site will house a variety of experiential workshops hosted by leading international design and lifestyle brands alongside temporary pop-up shops featuring original fashion pieces, beauty accessories, stationery essentials and homeware items. The Oxo Tower and Bargehouse will host a specially curated programme of talks and exhibitions, while the Riverside Walkway will welcome special outdoor installations. Diverse pop-up restaurants and cafes will be located around the three different sites to provide visitors with a wide range of tasty food and drinks.

With a rich programme of design experiences, top activities at the show will include:


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.

Brixton-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.

Innovative 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.

The 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.

Bure dining chair and Putts side tables by &Bespoke

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.

Case 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.

Urban Roof Gardens

At 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.

Left: Little Sister by SUPERLIFE | Above: VPT&C ceramic collection by Dimitri Bähler

From left: Picnic table and Eos lounge chair by Case Furniture

Riverside Walkway

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.

Oxo Tower Wharf

Visitors can expect product launches, workshops and open studios at designer-maker enclave Oxo Tower Wharf. Japanese design shop, Wagumi, has invited wood carving artist Kunimitsu Takatsuki over especially for the London Design Festival. Takatsuki will provide pop-up demonstrations and workshops. Artist collective Skylark Galleries 2 will host a range of workshops and talks on various topics including printmaking.

Archipelago Textiles will give visitors the opportunity to experiment with weaving, colour, texture, mood-boarding and try out a mini loom. A number of designer makers will launch new products including a custom colour service from lighting designer Innermost, ‘Fluidity’ jewellery collection by JeDeco and the unveiling of a new watch by cult watch brand Mr Jones Watches. Oxo Tower Wharf will also welcome three new designer makers in time for designjunction, Lyte Ltd, MOXON London and Noodoll.

Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra has been commissioned to design the VIP and Press Lounge located on the first floor of the Doon Street site. Featuring some of Vitra’s most iconic pieces, including the Bistro Stand-Up Table by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the HAL Stool by Jasper Morrison and the Tabouret Haut by Jean Prouvé amongst others, the room will welcome visitors to the show in a stylish and colourful environment.