LDF 2016 – designjunction KX: 'Who's Casper?'

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The charitable face of design will be championed again at designjunction King's Cross where cute cork stools raise money for the refugee crisis

BY DEE IVA

Here at the Fizz we’ve always been partial to a bit of cork. It has steadily been regaining ground on the design scene over the last few years with everyone from Jasper Morrison to Fabien Cappello and Ilse Crawford revisiting its warm and tactile quality.

At April's Milan Furniture Fair we spied quite a few cork designs but the witty ‘Casper’ stool by designjunction's Creative Director Michael Sodeau for Brit brand Modus particularly caught our eye.

Now ‘Casper’ has been chosen by designjunction to raise money for the charity Movement On The Ground, which is generating funds to help the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Design world luminaries including Moritz Waldemeyer, Ross LovegroveTom Dixon and Autoban have been invited to customise the stool in their own inimitable style and the resulting designs will be on display through the exhibition. The identity of who designed which stool will be kept secret to challenge the cult of the ‘named designer’ and highlight the value of the nameless and anonymous refugee.

ABOVE: Cork 'Casper' stools by Michael Sodeau for Modus
ABOVE RIGHT: Michael Sodeau, designjunction Creative Director
BELOW FROM LEFT: Tom Dixon, Moritz Waldemeyer, Seyhan Ozdemir Sarper and Sefer Caglar of Istanbul architecture/design duo Autoban

‘We are delighted to support such an important cause through our charity auction 'Who’s Casper?', which uses the talents of designers, architects and artists to highlight the importance of the individual, whatever their identity,' says Deborah Spencer, Managing Director of designjunction.

Each stool will be sold in an online auction throughout the duration of designjunction to raise money for Movement On The Ground.

We think it’s a great idea and will enjoy trying to identify the designers behind the cork customisations. If you want to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes then there’ll be a social media competition during the show where you can try and guess who’s done what. Be warned though, it’s harder than you think…
thedesignjunction.co.uk   whoscasper.co.uk 

designjunction runs from 22-25 September 2016 at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1. Ticket prices from £12 in advance or £15 on the door

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