Venues

Doon Street, SE1 9PU - Furniture, Lighting and Retail

The Doon Street site featured the best in contemporary furniture as well as accessories and materials from leading international design brands alongside a selection of emerging designers. It also housed temporary pop-up shops offering a vast array of products from fashion accessories, homeware pieces, textiles and stationery. 

Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 9PH - Exhibitions and Experiential Events

Oxo Tower Wharf hosted major brand activations, exhibitions and experiential events. designjunction was thrilled to have joined 25 designer-maker stores with Oxo Tower Wharf already playing home to renowned brands including Innermost, Black & Blum, Bodo Sperlein and many more. 

 

Riverside Walkway, SE1 9LT - Outdoor Installations

Riverside Walkway will showcased a series of outdoor installation projects including a sustainable vault structure – entirely made of local natural materials with the use of drones, a 9 metre high scultpure overlooking the river and a large ribbon structure on one of the jetties. 

Installations

Mudshell

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 provides an alternative housing system for emergency contexts and innovative cities. 

 

Disco Gufram

International design brand Gufram will 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. 

The Designers' Dreamscape

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. 


Gateway to Inclusion

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. 

Head Above Water

Head Above Water by Steuart Padwick was a 9-metre high, interactive sculpture of a head, which appeared on Queen's Stone jetty making a dramatic change to the London skyline. This piece of public art which is deliberately gender/age/ethnicity neutral - supported the mental health campaign Time to Change, standing as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion and change. At night, the head changed colour as visitors interacted and engaged with the sculpture on Twitter by using #HeadAboveWater. 

Urban Roof Gardens

The leading design practice creating unique and stylish roof gardens, Urban Roof Gardens brought its new Urban Biophilia concept to the Bargehouse courtyard. Exploring the profound relationship between people and nature, the installation provided city dwellers with a botanical sanctuary. 


Earl of East London

For its first appearance at designjunction Earl Of East London transformed its stand into an immersive Japanese spa installation to launch their new travel inspired fragrance collection. Complete with pine cladding and folding screens, the new line was showcased within the minimal design aesthetic of Japan. The space was scented with “Onsen” using ultrasonic diffusers, and traditional Japanese Onsen music was played whilst Green tea by Tiosk was available to enhance the multi-sensory experience.

 

Design Switzerland

Design Switzerland featured seven emerging design studios and displayed a wide range of projects, from a household composting system by WormUp GmbH to minimalistic sport equipment by Ulysse Martel. The exhibition also showcased innovative accessories developed in Greenland by Hors Pistes, an interactive LED lighting installation by iiode, contemporary homeware pieces by SUPERLIFE as well as a series of minimal everyday objects by Dimitri Bähler Studio. 

Tej Chauhan

Tej  Chauhan, presented  SOFT POWER,  an  installation showcasing Tej’s  works  which range  from  technology to  homeware,  celebrating the  everyday. The  show  featured  the  UK debut  of  Moby, his  new  design for  Artifort. 

Exhibitions

The Original. About the power of good design

Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra presented the exhibition; ‘The Original. About the power of good design’. As part of its international roadshow, the installation focused on Vitra’s classic and contemporary products, offering insights into the company’s product development processes and recounted the origins and stories behind some of their most recognisable designs. 

Rado Star Prize UK

Innovative products by ten finalists of the Rado Star Prize UK, which sought to find the next generation of young designers was showcased at the Bargehouse were visitors could vote for their favourite design. 

Blueprint Architecture Photography Awards

Blueprint magazine will presented the winners of the 2018 Blueprint Architecture Photography Awards sponsored by Atrium. The display was lit by an active lighting system from Atrium which worked in tandem with a sound installation called Urbanity. Urbanity — a soundscape of cities and architecture — was a collaboration between DJ and producer Noah Tucker and Blueprint editor Johnny Tucker. The soundtrack brought together sounds from cities around the world as far apart as Chandigarh, India and Moscow, Russia. 


Bolon

Flooring creatives, Bolon launched their nature-inspired collection, Elements, in an exhibition showcasing the company’s commitment to sustainability. The range reflected the textures of the natural environment and was inspired by materials such as linen, oak, ask, cork, birch and marble. The exhibition highlighted Bolon's two new sustainable initiatives, Closing the Circle and Cradle to Cradle with NoGlue®, reflecting on its history of environmental consciousness which started when its founder, Nils-Erik Eklund began making woven rugs from vinyl waste sourced from a Stockholm factory in 1949.

Food & Drink

Bethan Gray x The Glenlivet Bar

On the ground floor of the Doon Street Site, award-winning British designer Bethan Gray teamed up with whisky experts The Glenlivet to create an experiential celebration of craft in the form of a bar serving a specially created menu of food and cocktails. The bar was adorned by Bethan’s stunning new Victoria lighting collection, which is made from hand-carved marble.

Wolfpack Lager

London-based brewery Wolfpack Lager took over the third floor of the Bargehouse with a selection of craft beers and wine. Founded by two former professional rugby players, Wolfpack supplied visitors to the show with a large choice of refreshing lagers and pilsners. Wolfpack Lager collaborated with sustainable lighting brand Tala to light up the bar with 300 of its award-winning Oblo light bulbs that were programmed to produce a dappled light effect, reminiscent of sunshine filtering through leaves. The bar was furnished by a new PLC chair by Modus. 

STILL BY FORM

Located on the first floor of the Doon Street Site, 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. The  menu  was provided  by Nordic  inspired  26 Grains,  its  name a reference  to the  number  of ancient  grains  that are  used  to produce  simple,  healthy food.


ELLE Decoration Coffee Shop

This year, ELLE Decoration hosted the designjunction coffee shop, which was decorated with quietly beautiful furniture from Danish design brand Frama (pictured) with food served on stylish tableware from Japanese lifestyle store Kinto. 

Vitra VIP & Press Lounge

Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra was commissioned to design the VIP and Press Lounge located on the first floor of the Doon Street site. Featuring some of Vitra’s most iconic pieces, including the Bistro Stand-Up Table by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (pictured), the HAL Stool by Jasper Morrison and the Tabouret Haut by Jean Prouvé amongst others, the room welcomed visitors to the show in a stylish and colourful environment. 

Talks

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

The iconic Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf hosted the designjunction stellar talks programme. Encompassing 14 sessions, this year’s theme #designevery celebrated design as one of  the most  powerful  components in  our  everyday lives, with the focus on equality and diversity. 

50 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. 

The Dreamscape Talk

Sound Architect Tom Middleton and designer Tim Gledstone gave a talk on multi-sensory design at the Doon Street Site. They shared their insights into how and why incorporating transitional multi-sensory layers, such as sound and fragrance, into the design of workspaces is good for creativity and communication. 


Architectural Walking Tour

NLA gave a special tour of London’s South Bank and Bankside, as part of designjunction 2018, exploring the global cultural hub with updates on recent developments such as the recent completion of Herzog and de Meuron's angular brick extension to Tate Modern. Their walk from Southwark Underground station to London Bridge wove through contrasting and once forgotten back streets and bustling pedestrian thoroughfares looking at the area’s regeneration, including such game-changing projects as the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern and the Shard. 

Shopping

70 Boutique Pop-Up Shops

Alongside leading furniture and lighting brands showcasing their latest collections, designjunction played home to 70 boutique pop-up shops, carefully hand-picked to create the ultimate retail destination. Visitors were able to shop home accessories, glassware, men's and women's jewellery, prints, textiles and much more - all at our Doon Street site, South Bank.

ELLE Decoration Shopping Weekend

ELLE Decoration organised a special ‘Shopping Weekend’ for its readers visiting the show on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September as well as offering special discounts and complimentary gifts. A selection of design and lifestyle brands including Iittala, Emma Alington and Deco Collective, offered 20% off their latest designs. 

25 Designer-Maker Stores

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. 

Workshops

Squire & Partners Mentoring Sessions

Brixton-based architecture practice Squire and Partners hosted mentoring sessions for architecture students from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust network, giving them the opportunity to engage with experienced mentors from the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme. 

Blend Your Own Fragrance With Experimental Perfume Club

The Experimental Perfume Club ran a series of workshops in connection with its new Layers collection - visitors learned about the ingredients used and blended their own fragrance with founder and expert perfumer Emmanuelle Moeglin. 

Personalise Your Own Katie Leamon Product

Katie Leamon exhibited at designjunction for the first time this year and to celebrate, Katie launched HiDE, the brand’s debut leather collection, which was available for personalisation using a debossing press. Katie Leamon also provided gold foil personalisation on a range of stationery such as lettersets, notecards and diaries with a traditional hot foil printing machine.


Scriberia Drawing Workshop

Founder of Scriberia and co-author of How to Draw Anything, Chris Wilson lead a one hour workshop to unleash your inner child and love for drawing. As visitors found out, you don't have to have exceptional artistic talent to draw a great picture, it takes confidence, clarity of thought, and a few surprisingly simple tricks.