designjunction-2018-design-show-highlights

Show Highlights

For 2018, designjunction presented a curated mix of interior design inspiration amongst 200 world-class design brands, transforming the South Bank.

In 2018, designjunction highlighted its position as the leading design show during the London Design Festival, hosting a stellar line-up of brands, spectacular public installations and a pioneering talks programme. 200 International design brands exhibited across three key venues on London’s South Bank. See below for just some of the projects that transformed the cultural hub.

The Disco

International design brand Gufram presented its playful Disco
Gufram installation on the ground floor of the Doon Street site.
Visitors experienced the immersive nightclub-inspired interior, a space intertwined with pop culture since the mid 1960’s, re-thought and re-shaped by Gufram.  


Dramatic changes to the skyline

Head Above Water by Steuart Padwick was a 9-metre high, interactive
sculpture of a head, which appeared on Queen's Stone jetty. This piece of public art supported the mental health campaign Time to Change. At night, the head changed colour as visitors interacted and engaged with the sculpture on Twitter by using #HeadAboveWater.  


Drones by the River Thames

The Riverside Walkway provided a platform for Mud Shell, an
innovative housing project marrying ancient earth architecture
techniques with the latest drone spraying technology. The Mud Shell
Project by Stephanie Chaltiel aims to provide the solution for alternative housing systems in emergency contexts.


World-class speakers

With a keynote from RIBA and an inspiring session with Sonia Watson
from Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, the talks programme was diverse and considered, celebrating inclusivity whilst exploring the crucial issues which the design industry faces.

A place for quiet contemplation

STILL BY FORM was a  unique restaurant installation  curated by design  consultancy and procurement  specialists BY  FORM.  The  space was designed  with harmonious layers  of  colour and  texture  to offer  a  setting for  quiet  contemplation in  the  bustle of  the  show, with the menu provided  by Nordic  inspired  26 Grains.


The virtual reality

With designjunction’s theme of inclusivity and #designevery, Danish furniture brand Icons of Denmark showcased how BIM, REVIT and virtual reality are changing the way designers interact with form in the creation of workplaces by demonstrating to participating visitors how they are using VR Technology in their work.


Promoting inclusion in design

On one of the jetties overlooking the Thames, the city of Saint-Étienne showcased the ‘Gateway to Inclusion’, an installation conceived by Lisa White, Head of Lifestyle and Interiors at WGSN, in collaboration with designer François Dumas. A structure made of steel and ribbon, the project aimed to promote inclusion in design.


Oxo Tower Wharf shops

Shoppers were delighted to know that we joined 25 designer-maker
stores at Oxo Tower Wharf, including Innermost, Black + Blum and Bodo Sperlein to name but a few. Visitors enjoyed product launches, workshops and open studios at the designer-maker enclave.