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British designer Steuart Padwick made a dramatic change to the London skyline for designjunction by building a 9-metre-high sculpture of a head on the Queen’s Stone jetty of the South Bank. The ‘Head’ was deliberately gender, ethnic and age neutral. It stood as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion and change for those who deal with mental health issues, and also for those who support them. ‘Head Above Water’ was a piece of public art which supported the mental health campaign Time to Change.
We were delighted to support the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in partnership with RIBA. To celebrate this, award-winning architecture practice Squire & Partners created a ‘dreamscape’ co-working space to connect young designers with industry leaders. The space was furnished by Uncommon Projects with an innovative use of acoustic panelling by We Design Silence.In addition to this, a focus on equality and diversity was covered in an important talk between Sarah Weir, CEO of Design Council and Sonia Watson, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, with all proceeds from the talk donated to the Trust.
For 2017, designjunction was delighted to partner with Maggie's - who offer free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Maggie's were an official partner of the designjunction VIP Private View, attendees were able to donate to Maggie's via collection points located across the event. Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie's also hosteda talk 'Where Design Meets Care', alongside architect Alex de Rijke of dRMM who designed the latest Maggie's centre in Oldham. All proceeds from the talk was donated to Maggie’s. Maggie’s is a registered charity supporting anyone affected by Cancer. Registered Charity Number: SC024414
This year designjunction was delighted to play host to Dyslexic Design – an exhibition which celebrated the connection between dyslexia and creativity. The project, in support of the British Dyslexia Association, showcased more than 10 dyslexic designers’ work over five days during the London Design Festival.
A selection of high profile creatives, from a variety of disciplines – be that art, fashion, photography, typography, street art, design, illustration, music etc. – were invited to customise Casper stools, designed by Michael Sodeau and manufactured by Modus. The customised stools were exhibited on the Modus stand in Cubitt House at #djKX during the London Design Festival and later sold in a silent auction with all proceeds donated to Movement on the Ground.
designjunction proudly supported Teddy’s Wish for the second consecutive year to present A Child’s Dream.The project, in partnership with Vitra, asked 21 world-famous designers, architects and artists to customise an iconic Eames elephant. Creatives involved included Sir Kenneth Grange, Russel Pinch, Terence Woodgate, Patternity, Sebastian Wrong and Zandra Rhodes. The final pieces were displayed at Victoria House in an installation imagined by Anthony Dickens and Studio Make Believe and sold in an online auction. The herd of elephants raised a brilliant £9,630 in total – all of which was donated to Teddy’s Wish, who raise funds to support potentially life-saving research into SIDS, Stillborn and Neonatal Death Syndrome and helps provide support services for grieving families.