Celebrating its sixth year, Design Junction is a relatively new design fair but presents some of the world’s most cutting edge design brands and most certainly holds its own against the longer standing, more established shows.
Situated in a new location at Kings Cross’ cultural and creative quarter – 1 Granary Square, (next door the exclusive Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design), the show now takes over four main sites for a curated program of design exhibitions, installations, retail experiences, events workshops – all based upon a theme: ‘Immerse in Design’ which aimed to deliver a multi-sensory experience for visitors to be able to engage and connect with design.
This is an event that offers an overall ‘experience’ in addition to being a resource that provides the opportunity to view products from leading international design brands in one location.
Below is a round-up of 10 of the most striking and unique products on show from some of the most inspirational companies at Design Junction this year.
Bethan Gray is an award winning Welsh designer whose stunning furniture an elegant and timeless appeal that never cease to amaze and delight! Her new collection ‘Shamsian’ is inspired by Islamic art and references the Omani architecture and crafts.
The collection merges traditional craft with modern and contemporary design with intricate marquetry on birds-eye maple, in a beautiful combination with solid brass and mother of pear details.
Cameron Peters’ first lighting range ‘Nelly’ is of definite interest. It combines pared-back contemporary forms by Brogliato Traverso with traditions of handmade glass from Murano.
Entirely handmade in Venice, Nelly is a table lamp composed of two separate glass forms. The lamp base is of white frosted mould-blown glass, while the “hat” is blown in translucent coloured glass. Sitting loose on top of the base, the “hat” is available in five colours.
When BrogliatoTraverso first showed the concept to Cameron Peters, they explained that the design would be like a little best friend. Cameron Peters immediately thought of their company dog. The concept then evolved into the form of a seated pooch wearing a little hat and henceforth came the name ‘Nelly’.
Charlene Mullen is an extremely talented designer who has trained in both illustration, print and an established career in the fashion industry, Charlene has successfully turned her talents to designing luxury homewares.
Since the launch of the studio in September 2008, she has won international acclaim having work shown in London, Paris, Milan and New York. In addition, Charlene has a collection that is exclusive to Australia only! Her ‘Geometric’ dinnerware range for Royal Doulton can only be found in her East London store or down under!
Established in 2008, Haberdashery is a remarkable design practice that creates refined luxury lighting, installations, land mark sculptures and custom made innovative products.
Their brand new gorgeous ‘Leaf’ chandelier uses bone china which is carefully moulded then hand finished in England. Its lux leaves are available in a selection of five hand-applied finishes including 14 karat gold or platinum lustre, gold or platinum edge or elegant pure-white glaze. When installed with integrated downlighting, Leaf creates a vibrant pattern of light and shadow on both the ceiling and the floor. Its literally to die for!
Kapitza is a multi-disciplinary design studio run by sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza who share a passion for colour, patterns, mathematics and nature. The studio collaborates with a wide range of international brands across the worlds of fashion, interiors, and product design.
They create luxury hand-made home textiles in their East London studio and for the first time, have translated their geometric art into handmade knitted textiles, creating striking cushions and blankets.
Part of The Romo Group, Kirkby Design is an emerging design house that launched in September 2009. Their modern, high performance fabric resource library is compiled of collections with a sharp, contemporary feel and coloured with a well-balanced, sophisticated palette.
Their latest fabric collections are a demonstration of sophisticated luxe, fusing graphical pattern, contrasting textures and a satisfying minimal aesthetic. This year’s geometric designs have a strong graphic presence that certainly make you take notice!
North Limited is a design collective formed by a group of Icelandic designers Sigríður Hjaltdal Pálsdóttir, Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir and Þórunn Hannesdóttir.
Their design aesthetic and style is both contemporary and warm, mixing elegance with Icelandic quirkiness. All of their products and furniture complement each other beautifully with their sense of simplicity. The form is pure and honest, uniting function with beauty and timeless aesthetics.
Notre Monde has the most exquisite collection of occasional furniture and homewares and decorative objects that are sophisticated, luxurious and functional.
Notre Monde believe that one’s environment should be filled with true beauty and of the people and things that inspire you. As such, they have created a sophisticated and subtle collection of trays, mirrors, and furniture using traditional techniques with fresh ideas of global origins to create handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces.
TASMINE OSHER DESIGN
Tasmine Osher Design launched in 2011 at the London Design festival and has continued to go from strength to strength. The company specialise in one-off and limited edition furniture pieces and also offer solutions for small batch manufacture.
Their latest collection ‘Cupola’ is an exquisite lighting collection that includes small large and small table lamps, floor standing lamps, and pendant lights. Each shade has been hand turned from whole trunks of naturally fallen spalted beech with a gorgeous base in either blackened steel or brass.
The range highlights the juxtaposition of incongruous shapes: industrial cube with organic sphere and the interplay of two opposites with man-made and natural, straight and round. Elements that sit together in harmonious tension.
Vita Copenhagen is a Danish lighting company that offers a Scandinavian aesthetic using high quality, eco-friendly materials at very ¬affordable prices.
The company’s designer lamps are created with a focus on aesthetics, simplicity and functionality and a genuine care for the environment.
All of the lamps are packed in compact gift boxes to optimize worldwide logistics and storage costs, thereby reducing the environmental footprint on our planet.
Their gorgeous EOS feather lamp range is an absolute favourite! Made with goose feathers and available as a pendant, floor standing lamp or table lamp, it comes in white, ivory, light brown and light grey and looks elegant and trendy in any setting!
Many of these stunning ranges haven't reached Australia yet, but we've curated a collection of inspired furniture and homewares below for those of you who just can't wait...
If you would like to discover more about Design Junction, visit Design Junction 2017.
Did you miss our overview of Australia's top design fair, Denfair? You can read about the highlights here.
Image Credits: All images photographed by Sarah Radhanauth with the exception of the following images provided by Design Junction: Charlene Mullen, North Limited, Notre Monde and Tasmine Osher Design.