Whilst always sticking to our principles and dedicating a large proportion of content to the best in exciting new music, our interests have always stretched much, much further. Within the expansive world of design and the interconnected role of the digital to provide the physical, these past few years have seen an increase in competition and interest within the consumer market when it comes to interior design on a commercial and personal level. As with every year, Design Junction sought to showcase the best in lighting, furniture and product design with well over 100 international leading design brands on hand to deliver inspiration and innovation in equal measure.
Spread over Victoria House and the former Central Saint Martins College, two vast spaces with the latter fittingly possessing all the requisite elements of an arts space. Together they provided the perfect backdrop for a vast and immersive show that appears to be designed for you to get lost in its originality. With displays spread across every room it’s evident why DJ is considered the best of its size in both quality and format, with attention to detail that’s impossible to ignore and an excellent multi-purpose retail and dining space for those interested in cashing in on the products on display.
With jewellery, bespoke watches and a plethora of nifty tech accessories on offer from over 50 designers and brands it’s no surprise attendance appeared to have increased this year, with proclamations of this being the best retail destination during London Design week rightly justified. This can also be said for the selection of eateries on offer, with renowned Burger outlet Le Bun stealing the show with mouthwatering meat fix that stole the show.
Back in the Lethaby building the conceptually rich and technically ambitious offerings from Objekten, MOLO, Vitra, String Furniture, EOQ, Channels & Kirkby Design all caught the eye. Yet set within the midst of the buildings five impressive floors an important mention must go to audio distributor Artcoustic who, as the exhibitions sole representative and sponsor of it’s kind came in for particular praise for it’s award-winning system’s that incorporate design in a way rarely seen in the industry. It goes without saying that utilising the Danish-based brand’s systems to play out our bespoke playlists of Jazz, Soul, House & Electronica across the show’s duration was a welcome one.
Exploring this show to the full with all the live workshops, flash factories, retail pop-ups, eateries, installations and product launches on display it’s impossible not to be impressed with the sheer scale of the show. A particular mention must go to the TFL café, a full-scale installation hand-painted and so meticulous in detail it’s designer Camilla Barnard deserves serious praise for bringing light to the infrastructural side of the underground we so often ignore. Until next year, enjoy our gallery that explores the show in full below.