Vitra London One Day Sale

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Vitra London hosts its biggest ever sale this Saturday, including great deals on contemporary design classics

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Design hunters, fancy snapping up some style for less? Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra is hosting its biggest ever One Day Sale in London this Saturday 6 October. Taking over two floors of its East London showroom at 30 Clerkenwell Road, it will offer discounts of 30 to 75 per cent off a range of contemporary classics, including furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, Jean Prouvé, Isamu Noguchi and Verner Panton. Doors open at 9.30am and shut by 4pm, so get your skates on!

ABOVE: ‘Eames Plastic Chair DSR’ in poppy red; ‘Cork Stool Model A’ by Jasper Morrison; and ‘Soft Pad’ chair EA 208 by Charles and Ray Eames in premium leather are Star Buys at Vitra London’s One Day Sale

Expect serious bargains at the Clerkenwell store on more than 1000 pieces, spanning from sofas, chairs and stools to dining tables, desks, coffee tables and storage units. Also in the mix are smaller accessories by Finnish brand Artek and Alexander Girard, special editions and iconic designs, starting from as little as £10. Contemporary names in the frame include Antonio Citterio, Barber Osgerby, Jasper Morrison, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – think catnip for collectors.

ABOVE: Lucky shoppers can nab Star Buys such as the classic ‘Noguchi Coffee Table’ by Isamu Noguchi at a reduced price. Bargains include the ‘Eames Plastic Side Chair DSR’ in poppy red and the ‘Soft Pad’ chair EA 208 by Charles and Ray Eames, ideal for a chic home office.

Star Buys include the classic ‘Noguchi Coffee Table’ by Isamu Noguchi in walnut (was £2,020, now £149); the sculptural ‘Tabouret Haut’ stool by Jean Prouvé in dark oak with Japanese red foot resting ring (was £595, now £49); the iconic ‘Soft Pad’ chair EA 208 by Charles and Ray Eames in clay premium leather (was £2,670, now £149); a set of four ‘Eames Plastic Chairs DSR’ in poppy red (was £1,000, now £199); and the ‘Cork Stool Model A’ by Jasper Morrison (was £355, now £10!), all prices including VAT. Star Buys only apply to the specific pieces labelled and displayed in the store windows, not like-for-like products, and you can only purchase one per person. They’ll go like hot cakes, on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in quick.

Vitra’s One Day Sale is at Vitra, 30 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1, from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday 6 October 2018. See their Facebook event page for more terms and conditions.

LDF 2017 – 8 FizzPicks for London Design Festival

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8 FizzPicks for making the most of the last weekend of London Design Festival 2017

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

With so many goodies up for grabs, London Design Festival can be bewildering. We've already shared some standout shows – from Camille Walala's rainbow-bright installation Villa Walala to Lee Broom's inky-black showroom, Bethan Gray's monochrome marquetry and designjunction's stylish smorgasbord. Here are 8 more of our top picks to help you navigate the final weekend of the city's biggest design bash, with all the exhibitions, events and experiences listed here wrapping up on Sunday 24 September, unless otherwise stated. Enjoy!

ABOVE: Captivating V&A installations include Flynn Talbot's experiential coloured light 'Reflection Room'; Ross Lovegrove's long folded textile 'Transmission' sculpture; and Petr Stanicky's glass-inspired 'Evocations' art works

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7
Once more the V&A is a humming hub of design activity, including a cluster of must-see creative commissions. Topping our wow list is London-based Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot's mesmerising 'Reflection Room' installation, illuminating the arched, 35-metre-long Prince Consort Gallery. Viewers are immersed in shifting waves of Talbot's signature complementary orange and blue light, reflected via large, gloss black Barrisol panels. Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove's undulating, tactile 'Transmission' installation is a 21.3-metre fluid textile-sculpture formed from folds of Alcantara material in the Tapestries room. It looks vaguely monstrous and bodily, but its curious colour tones and textures riff on the heritage hunting tapestries hanging on the surrounding walls (on show until 8 October). Also look out for Czech glassmaker Petr Stanicky's 'Evocations' installation by the Glass & Ceramics Galleries, two sculptural racks holding light-filled vessels backdropped by city skyline views.

ABOVE: Customised chairs by Yinka Ilori created in collaboration with volunteer restorers for the Restoration Station auction; citizenM Shoreditch hotel's vibrant playground installation, inspired by Ilori's childhood memories of playing outdoors at his North London council estate

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Restoration Station, 118 Shoreditch High Street, London E1
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London-born designer Yinka Ilori has two eye-poppingly colourful projects brightening up town for #LDF17, channelling his Nigerian heritage. For Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori, he has collaborated with volunteer restorers at not-for-profit vintage furniture store Restoration Station in Shoreditch to upcycle pre-loved chairs in vibrant hues. Snap up the mood-boosting results at an online auction to support this enterprising addiction recovery charity (deadline midnight Tuesday 26 September, although the exhibition wraps this Sunday). Ilori has also designed public play zone 'Estate Playground' in the entrance of the 2016-launched citizenM London Shoreditch hotel, inspired by the bright patterns of West African textiles and growing up in a council estate as a child. What with Camille Walala's interactive inflatable 'Villa Walala' in Broadgate, we're seeing a trend exploring patterntastic play and creative community spaces for this year's festival.

ABOVE: Faye Toogood's graphic sandcast-aluminium 'Spade' chairs; Surreally beautiful styling at The Tradeshow, her exchange of work with UK designers including furniture, ceramics, art and installations

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The Trade Show, The Garage, 1 North Terrace, London SW3

Inspiring British designer Faye Toogood is hosting The Trade Show in South Kensington, inviting 50 of the country's leading creatives to join her in a mutually supportive collaboration. Toogood gave each of them one of her signature 'Spade' chairs – created for this project in limited-edition sandcast-aluminium – and in return they traded a representative piece of their own work. On board are architects, artists, photographers and fashion stylists, as well as top-notch furniture designers including Max Lamb, studio Glithero, Michael Sodeau, Peter MarigoldBethan Laura Wood and Tom Dixon. Their interactions with the chairs are captured in the beautifully realised show, alongside a surreal site-specific installation by food designers Arabeschi di Latte, drawing on folk-art superstitions.

ABOVE: Multi-disciplinary designer Bethan Laura Wood; The eccentric British talent's work is showcased by ONEROOM alongside diverse designs from Milan exhibited in a Victorian townhouse

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9 French Place, London E1

Split over a four-floor Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch topped by an airy terrace, this atmospheric gallery show combines recent works by quirky British designer Bethan Laura Wood – known for her bold use of colour, pattern and texture across ceramics, lighting, furniture and fabrics – with a selection of design, objects and art from Milan. It's a collaboration between Wood and Shoreditch-based multidisciplinary design office ONEROOM, which delivers interiors, industrial and graphic design.

ABOVE: Design Frontiers' cutting-edge shows include Benjamin Hubert/LAYER's new 'Axyl' chairs and stools for Allermuir; Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison's menswear fashion label Jijibaba; and 'Materialise', wearable sports tech presented by Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands

Design Frontiers
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2

Free group show Design Frontiers at Somerset House gathers more than 30 boundary-pushing international designers, from furniture to fashion and technology to textiles. Brit designer Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER is launching his 'Axyl' collection of sustainable chairs for Allermuir, sporting sinuous silhouettes in recycled and stackable aluminium and plastic. Hubert is also unveiling his lifestyle-focussed tech brand nolii, including sleek device chargers, global plugs and cable management. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and UK star Jasper Morrison have joined forces to create new menswear range Jijibaba, launched here and at Dover Street Market. Featuring workwear jackets, cotton shirts and chinos, the 38-piece collection includes witty T-shirts and cardigans (sporting smiley faces), with the duo curating future contributions by art and design talents. Vitra and Fritz Hansen pieces furnish the apartment-style space. For wearable technology don't miss Materialise: The Big Studio and Pentland Brands, a red-hued installation spotlighting performance-enhancing sports kit and athleisure wear, from trainers to swimsuits and backpacks.

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ABOVE: Miniature pots by Yuta Segawa at group showcase 'Ceramics in the City' at Hoxton's Geffrye Museum

Ceramics in the City
Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2

Lovers of the handmade who are potty about pottery will adore this annual selling show at the Geffrye Museum, with 'Ceramics in the City' showing work by 50 of the UK's leading ceramic artists. Buy direct from the makers, with user-friendly tableware and one-off craft pieces to tempt you. With ceramics embracing oriental influences, organic forms and kooky colour, you're bound to find your favourite; then wander this museum of domestic interiors with room sets displayed in a string of 18th-century almshouses flanked by herb and period gardens.

ABOVE: Posters by German graphic designer Otl Aicher promoting the alpine town of Isny Im Allgäu, part of the largest retrospective of his work ever shown in the UK

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3 Tyers Gate, London SE1 (until 29 September)

If graphic design is your bag, knock yourself out at 'Otl Aicher's Isny', a fascinating exhibition hosted by design/brand consultancy dn&co at its Bermondsey gallery Ground Floor Space devoted to the work of the acclaimed German talent. Graphic designer Otl Aicher is best known for branding airline Lufthansa and the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as founding the influential Ulm School of Design. This show explores the iconic design identity he devised in the 1970s for the small town of Isny Im Allgäu, an alpine tourist destination in southern Germany keen to plug its summer cycling and winter skiing. Aicher distilled the town into 120 pictograms – stark, black-and-white and pared back – expressing German Modernism at its best. We can't wait to order the limited-edition book launched to tie by sister company Place Press. 

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ABOVE: Pattern and colour rule as fashion duo Peter Pilotto bring creative collaborations with design and art world pals to a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, including Martino Gamper's 'Arnold Circus' stools

Peter Pilotto's Townhouse Takeover
3 Cromwell Place, London SW7 (until 15 October)

Fashion, design and art walk hand in hand at Peter Pilotto's boho takeover of a three-storey Victorian townhouse in South Kensington for Brompton Design District. The East London-based duo behind the arty UK fashion label – Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos – display their wonderful womenswear (including the just-revealed Spring/Summer 18 collection), but have also brought their design scene pals on board. So Bethan Laura Wood provides pastel-hued glass lighting, furniture designer Martino Gamper creates colourful 'Arnold Circus' stools, glassblower Jochen Holz crafts jugs and vases, and artist Francis Upritchard and designer Max Lamb provide art works, including collaborations with the boys. Rugs, antiques, throws and vibrant painted walls hint at the pair's taste, giving an insight into their style and creative processes.

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London Design Festival runs until this Sunday 24 September 2017, although select events may continue longer.

LDF 2017 – 6 FizzPicks for designjunction

Six must-sees at designjunction, taking over King's Cross Creative Quarter this week for London Design Festival 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Designjunction 2017 is up and running, with a myriad of contemporary furniture, design and lighting brands strutting their stuff as part of the London Design Festival until this Sunday 24 September. We've already shared our guides to the wider King's Cross Creative Quarter and previewed designjunction's show areas, as well as highlighting Welsh talent Bethan Gray's fantastic new launches for #djKX at Cubitt House (stand A7). Below are six more FizzPicks to help you navigate this year's fair...


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TOP: This year's Designjunction will showcase product launches by Another Country, Bethan Gray and Very Good & Proper (on stands A1, A7 and A15 respectively at Cubitt House)
ABOVE: Danish furniture firm Fredericia's impressive collection includes 'The Spanish Chair' in oak and leather, designed in 1958 by iconic Dane Børge Mogensen 

Fredericia
Cubitt House (A13)
Showcasing a century of craftsmanship, Danish brand Fredericia will be launching high-quality furniture ranges, including the 'Acme' and 'Verve' chair series by duo Geckeler Michels, and its eye-catching 'Barbry' collection of occasional tables and stools by Aurélien Barbry. The family-owned brand, founded in 1911, commissions contemporary pieces from a pool of international talent, as well as representing the mid-century modern work of iconic Danish designers including Børge Mogensen, drawing on tactile woods and sculptural shapes.


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ABOVE: Marset's friendly, portable 'Bicoca' light features a tilting shade, and comes in off-white, pale pink, red wine, yellow, light blue and anthracite

Marset
Cubitt House (B11)
Family-run Spanish lighting brand Marset will be flaunting its latest innovative contemporary designs, including colourful, light-weight task light 'Bicoca' by Christophe Mathieu, launched in 2017. Made of polycarbonate in a range of quirky hues, it features a sleek geometric shape and tiltable shade. Three additional accessories allow you to fix it to walls, attach it to chair armrests, sofa backs and headboards, or secure it to a table, making 'Bicoca' your portable pal.


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ABOVE: Covetable Daniel Emma designs will be on sale in The Canopy, such as the curvy 'Anna' vase, polished brass 'Hex' paperweight, 'Field x Daniel Emma' bookends, and perky pink 'Soft Chair'

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Swing by shopping zone The Canopy to snap up buyable designs by Daniel Emma, an Adelaide duo known for graphic shapes, popping colours, and quirky wit. The couple (aka Daniel To and Emma Aiston) founded their studio in 2008 and are passionate about industrial design, having created accessories, lighting, seating and outdoor furniture, with both in-house collections and collaborations with respected brands.


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ABOVE: Limited edition, experimental 'Splatware' ceramics, including colourful plates and cups, by the UK's Granby Workshop and Assemble, funded and released via Kickstarter

Kickstarter
The Canopy (50)
A growing force within the world of design, Kickstarter has become one of the key ways new talents can fundraise to bring creative projects to life. For designjunction 2017, they'll be teaming up with Liverpool-based Granby Workshop (which makes architectural ceramics) and Assemble (a Turner Prize-winning design collective), who will showcase their latest product range 'Splatware' in The Canopy in an immersive cafe. Enjoy snacks and drinks on the quirky plates and cups, crafted by combining different coloured clay in a massive 60-tonne industrial press. The multi-coloured, ceramic tableware will be available exclusively via Granby Workshop's Kickstarter campaign. You'll spy more Kickstarter designers around designjunction, as well as elsewhere across the wider London Design Festival.


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ABOVE: Expect to see intriguing new work by Middle Eastern designers at the contemporary Dubai Design District (d3) space in Granary Square

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Granary Square (G6)

Showcasing 18 emerging designers and artists, Dubai Design District's 'Middle East: Design Now!' exhibition is its designjunction debut, shining a light on a region underrepresented on the world scene. Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, highlights include Ghassan Salameh's multi-legged, arthropod 'Memory' lamp' and Aljoud Lootah's marble 'Unfolding Unity Stool'. Expect fresh aesthetics, materials and directions beyond the clichéd bling within d3's ultra-modern pod in Granary Square, with talent on display from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.


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ABOVE: Skandium's two Danish brands on display at designjunction's Cubitt Park include established furniture firm Skagerak

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Cubitt Park (P4)
The ever-fabulous Skandium, London's premium purveyor of all things Scandi, will be sharing new accessories by established ceramics brand Kähler, as well as fresh furniture collections by Skagerak, drawing on traditional materials and craftsmanship. Both brands are Danish, and perfect for creating a hygge home. You can also see Skagerak's covetable outdoor furniture in the garden of the Skandium Townhouse (31 Thurloe Place, South Kensington), a new four-storey retail space christened with an in-store installation by designers GamFratesi for Danish lighting stalwart Louis Poulsen (until Sunday 24 September).
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Designjunction is at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1 until Sunday 24 September 2017; see our home page for ticket registration or click here for more visitor details

Melbourne Design Week 2017

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5 Top Tips for Melbourne Design Week

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

'What does design value, and how do we value design?' The inaugural Melbourne Design Week, running until 26 March 2017, tackles this topical question, with more than 100 citywide exhibitions, launches, workshops, tours and talks showcasing local and international talent. The first of four planned annual design weeks for the city, the 10-day festival is an initiative of the Victorian government curated by the National Gallery of Victoria, spanning iconic chairs, high-density apartments and indigenous design. Here are my five top FizzPicks...

ABOVE: Collingwood's 'Watchmaker' exhibition space, including surreal mirrored installations by Folk Architects, for Melbourne Design Week

CREATING THE CONTEMPORARY CHAIR

NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Until Sunday 26 March
Discover 35 inspiring seats at 'Creating the Contemporary Chair', spanning from 1980 to 2016, including designs by major names Tord Boontje, Konstantin Grcic and Patricia Urquiola. All recent NGV acquisitions, they include a stool coated in volcanic rock and a suspended chair resembling a killer whale.

ABOVE: Installation view of 'Creating the Contemporary Chair', The Gordon Moffatt Gift, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, including Jacopo Foggini's LED-lit 'Alice' armchair for Edra


WATCHMAKER


Piccolina Gelateria, 296 Smith Street, Collingwood
Until Sunday 26 March

A derelict historic Collingwood watchmaker's shop gets a minimal mirrored makeover by local studio Folk Architects in pop-up satellite space 'Watchmaker', which hosts six shows. Friends & Associates invites 26 Australian designers – including Tomek Archer, Tom Fereday and Ross Gardam – to reconfigure replicas of Jasper Morrison's oft-copied 'Hal' chair for Vitra in '26 Original Fakes', celebrating authenticity in a murky world of fakes. Hub Furniture's Jaci Foti-Lowe curates 'The Found Object', sharing inspirational pieces collected by Melbourne creatives.

In 'Undervalued' Australian designer Nick Rennie champions beautiful, useful designs costing up to $2, £2 or ¥2. Egg forms are explored in 'Ovoid', fine-art photos shot by Nick Horan. Interactive installation 'Apparatus 4' by 227768c is animated by an algorithm which causes its inflatable surface to undulate. Short film 'Untitled (with Gelato)', by Coco and Maximilian, looks at the design arc of relationships.

ABOVE: Converted store space 'Watchmaker', including Smith Street exterior; and installation views of '26 Original Fakes', presented by Friends & Associates, which riffs on replica chairs; Hub Furniture's curated exhibition 'The Found Object' showcasing creative collections; Nick Horan's 'Ovoid' egg photos; and interactive blue floor surface 'Apparatus 4' by 227768c


MODERN FORMS

NGV Design Store, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Until Sunday 26 March

From Brutalist Polish churches to Oscar Niemeyer's uncompleted designs for Lebanon's International Fairgrounds (interrupted by civil war), 'Modern Forms' recalls the architecture of post-war modernism. Warsaw-based Nicolas Grospierre's shots capture the sculptural, geometric nature of these unfamiliar works.

ABOVE: Nicolas Grospierre's photos for 'Modern Forms' include this 2012 shot of 'Bus Stop #4, Crimea, Ukraine' reflecting Soviet architecture


DESIGNWORK 01

Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert Street, Richmond
Until Saturday 25 March
Sophie Gannon Gallery presents contemporary Australian design at 'Designwork 01'. The sleek space showcases 10 designers, including Trent Jansen's sculptural Indian-inspired stools and vessels, David Mutch's acrylic leaning lamps, Ash Allen's recycled cork and tyre stools, and Dale Hardiman's 'Wood Is Made From Trees' customised timber IKEA 'Frost' stools, clad with native paperbark used by the indigenous Wurundjeri.

ABOVE: Ash Allen's ceramic 2013 'Dollop' pendant lights part of group show 'Designwork 01' at Sophie Gannon Gallery


VICTORIA TASMANIA GRADUATE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016

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Brickworks, 490 Swan Street, Richmond
Saturday 25 March

Catch the work of local young designers from two states at the Victoria Tasmania Graduate of the Year Award 2016, presented by the Design Institute of Australia, which features furniture, industrial and interior design, as well as visual communications, textiles, fashion and jewellery.
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ABOVE: Next-gen design talent on display at the Victoria Tasmania Graduate of the Year Award
Pictures: Tobias Titz, Wayne Taylor, Jeremy Dillon

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…
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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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