I’m back up north after a busy and exciting few days in London for the Design Festival. It’s time to share some of my favourite things from my time at Design Junction…
1. The Design Event Stand
This was of course the main reason for my visit… to help man the Design Event stand, which showcased new products by 10 designers from the north, including me!
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand for a chat and to browse the work on display. I think you’ll agree the stand look fantastic, all thanks to the hard work of Design Event and Xsite Architecture. There will be another chance to see more of our work at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art from 26th September until 22nd October.
Whilst exploring DesignJunction, it was great to see so many demonstrations taking place. Waterford were cutting their cut-glass and Bert & May were creating tiles, using the winning design from their ‘Design-a-tile’ competition with RIBA. A few stands away from us Philippe Malouin were demonstrating their random pattern generator. Visitors could roll dices of geometric shapes and colours to determine which part of the pattern should be printed next.
3. Pop-Up Shops
There were plenty of Pop Up shops on the ground floor of DesignJunction and it’s safe to say I’ve added a few things to my Christmas list since! Friends and family take notice, I would like…
A mirrored cup and patterned saucer by Richard Brendon
Geometric Earrings by Tom Pigeon
Statement necklace by One We Made Earlier
4. Lighting, lighting, lighting!
I was in total awe of the innovative lighting to be seen this year. Some that stood out in particular were:
Starry Light by Anagraphic. This handcrafted lamp illuminates the walls with different starry constellations, and can be customised to a specific date or location. What a perfect birthday or anniversary present this could make!!
Foldability’s stand wasn’t too far way and her handmade lighting using traditional folding techniques kept catching my eye!
The extravagant brass and fine crystal lighting by Martin Huxford also blew me away.
The Anglepoise & Paul Smith collaboration was another favourite of mine; I think it would sit very nicely on my desk!