With the London Design Festival just weeks away, we bring you our first bulletin on what to see at designjunction 2014
BY DEE IVA
We can feel it in our fingers, September's show from designjunction is going to be a corker. This year, the Sorting Office will host more than 180 cutting-edge brands displaying up-to-the-minute furniture, lighting, textiles, graphics, accessories and more, bang in the heart of London. Once again, the ground floor will be a switched-on shopping zone while the lower ground floor gives itself up to lightjunction, a space dedicated to the love of lighting in all shapes and sizes.
There will also be a taste of Milan in New Oxford Street this year as Ventura London lands for the first time. Taking its cue from its eclectic and thought-provoking older sibling Ventura Lambrate, Ventura London gathers together the next generation of up-and-coming designers to strut their stuff during the London Design Festival. If you're looking for experimental and conceptual design, then look no further.
We'll definitely be checking out the yummy eats and drinks on offer from the pop-up restaurant by Transport for London featuring vintage bus stops as well as the underground bar serving chilled Japanese Asahi beer. Italian design icon Alessi will be serving up aperitivos and we'll probably have to stop off at the Chilean wine bar at some point as well; it's a thirsty job but someone's got to do it...
Part of London Design Festival 2014, designjunction runs from 18 to 21 September
THE MUST-SEE STANDS
Cool contemporary lighting is the order of the day at Swedish company Örsjö Belysning who work with an enviable roster of designers including Claesson Koivisto Rune, and Brit de jour Benjamin Hubert. The 'Skyline' range of pendant, wall and floor lamps by Folkform (above) is inspired by the architecture of Stockholm and was presented to Queen Silvia on her 70th birthday. Available in sexy brass and sleek white, we're loving the slightly Seventies glamour.
We're real suckers for witty, offbeat design and Victoria Delany completely nails the combination in our eyes. Her printed tablecloths, tableware, candlesticks and jewellery all have a strong sense of fun while managing to be extremely stylish to boot. These striking pewter plates bear the impression of a traditional fork, instantly mixing tradition and modernity in one inspired format. Her motto is 'Function meets Provocative' and we couldn't agree more.
The design world is about to get its first taste of zingy carbon fibre furniture. Developed by Formula One engineers, this bright and beautiful material from Hypetex has made the leap from the race track to the front room in the shape of these colourful and eye-catching 'Halo' chairs. The result of a collaboration with designjunction's very own Creative Director Michael Sodeau, these three-legged wonders are light yet sturdy and can also double as a nifty sculpture when not in use. Red Dot Award? Oh we think so...
Based in Melton Mowbray, Bailey Hills fuses the traditions of spun, woven wool and worsted cloths with contemporary design and digital printing techniques. Between 1863 and 1943, founder Jane Walker's great great grandfather ran three mills in Bingley, West Yorkshire, as well as a large mill near Rouen in northern France. Graduating from Loughborough University as a printed textile designer in 2010, Walker has paid respect to his work by applying her own love of design and printing to the same material he produced so many years ago. Using a mixture of abstract graphics and figurative illustrations, she has ushered in a new age of printed textiles, utilising both hand-printing and up-to-date digital techniques. These five beautiful new designs printed on wool twill will be unveiled at designjunction, available by the metre for the first time. We totally heart the mix of metallic ink and wool – maybe Fizz HQ might pop in for a makeover!