Step this way for designjunction's dedicated one-stop design shop at this year's London Design Festival
BY DEE IVA
The success of dedicated shopping zones at previous designjunction shows proved that the old adage 'look but please don't touch' is fast becoming a thing of the past. These days, we want to engage with the products on show and be able to buy them there and then. So for September's London Design Festival, designjunction has created the biggest design supermarket in town at Victoria House in Southampton Row.
On sale will be shiny new products from more than 50 leading design brands such as Tom Dixon and Skultuna as well as smaller independents. There'll be a vast selection of contemporary furniture, switched-on lighting, smart accessories, striking prints and more in store, while Thursday 24 September sees designjunction staying open until 9pm for late-night shopping. Plus in the Design Clinic you can also get free advice on how to spruce up your home from interior stylists 2 Lovely Gays. Let the shop-a-thon commence!
FIVE FIZZ-TASTIC BRANDS TO SHOP AT DESIGNJUNCTION
The swimming pools, skyscrapers and palm trees of Los Angeles are caught up in a tornado of textures in 'LA Woman', a limited edition print by Tim Marrs. A disembodied head floats above, surrounded by layers of paint drips and spray can splats, surveying the carnage below. This menacing depiction of the City of Angels is one of the eye-catching prints from London-based Outline Editions' impressive stable of artists and illustrators deliberately chosen for their direct graphic take on the world. No pastoral landscapes here then...
London furniture company H works with emerging and established designers around the world to produce carefully edited collections of design-led sustainable pieces. We love the playful nature of this modular set of side tables by Mexican design company Hierve. It's based on divisions of a circle, so you can start with a quarter, add another to create a half-circle and keep on adding to make endless interlocking combinations. The 'Pie Chart System' is available as a simple table or a lidded container (very handy for extra storage). There's a wide range of finishes too from dark wood to brilliant green.
British ceramicist Richard Brendon first caught our eye with his witty take on the traditional Willow plate pattern and his optically challenging collection of tablewares with Patternity. Now Brendon has widened his remit and ventured into glass with the 'Diamond' collection, a seriously luxe set of lead crystal barware. Comprising of a decanter, ice bucket and three tumblers it brings a touch of old-world glamour to contemporary homes. One for the road? Oh, if you insist...
The publishing industry may have gotten itself into a flap over the rise of digital media but one area of print is still going strong and positively thriving. Georgia Bosson's love of pattern and colour has resulted in a range of pretty hand-printed textiles for the home. Cushions, throws, tablecloths, tea towels and aprons all bear her signature style of loosely ordered geometrics along with limited edition screenprints and hand-printed stationery.
If you're looking to up the style stakes and flaunt the best dressed iPhone in town then head straight to Native Union's stand where they'll be selling their acclaimed range of cases for iPhones. In addition to their groundbreaking 'CLIC Marble' collection (we sooo want one of those), 'CLIC 360°', a new set of waxed canvas cases, will also be on show. Apple Watch owners are well catered for too with a dedicated marble dock being shown for the first time.
designjunction runs from 24-27 September 2015 at The College, 12–42 Southampton Row, WC1, and Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, WC1.