The centrally-located Granary Square featured headline projects including a new collaboration with Renault, a series of breathtaking installations including ‘Gateways’ by Turkishceramics and Adam Nathaniel Furman plus the main designjunction Box Office.
Granary Square highlights
Renault showcased their design philosophy in a unique and playful way, creating an immersive experience around the concept ‘Beautiful Life’. Renault TreZor, voted the ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year by the Festival Automobile Jury’ made its UK debut at the show. Distinctive detail such as the analogue volt-meter and the animated honeycomb cooling vents on the bonnet made this concept a must-see for designers. Also on display were the results of Renault’s collaboration with Central Saint Martins’ MA Industrial Design students, who undertook a brief on the future of modularity in car design. Yuchen Cai was announced as the winning student for ‘The Float’.
A first for designjunction, a collaboration with Turkishceramics presented a striking and fully immersive ceramic installation that was created in the central fountain space on Granary Square.
The selected artist Adam Nathaniel Furman presented ‘Gateways’, a series of colourful tiled gates that invited visitors to take a journey through the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. The four gates were four meters high, each encompassing a different design story including: The Classic Gate, The Timber Gate, The Retro Gate and The Metro Gate. This colourful installation on Granary Square was made for Instagram.
Offering beautiful flowers direct from Dutch fields, flower delivery service bloomon created a whimsical walk underneath a canopy of flowers with a pastel coloured passageway on Granary Square.
Covered in foliage inside and out, the tunnel hosted intimate floral related workshops and talks.
Campari®, Italy’s iconic red bittersweet apéritif, hosted a two-week residency in King’s Cross. Campari Creates recreated the spirit of Milan’s stylish Navigli canal district, with a customised narrowboat on the Granary Square waterway throughout designjunction. The residency focused on bringing two of Milan’s greatest exports to King’s Cross: Campari and creativity.
Over the two-week residency, a series of ‘Campari Creates Masterclasses’ allowed attendees to get creative whilst sipping one of Campari’s signature serves. Alongside this, an artist was commissioned to build a bespoke public installation inspired by
Campari’s long history of creativity and design.
Granary Square also welcomed the Tala Mini bar that served a concoction of white ports and tonics from a refurbished vintage Mini Cooper. The Mini also housed a cluster of Voronoi bulbs on its roof to form a forest-like canopy, taking inspiration from the natural world.
Welcoming visitors to the show, three glass box pavilions by new initiative Remote Possibilities housed the show’s Box Office.
Located over the footbridge at the entrance to Granary Square visitors were able to book and collect tickets or find out key information about the show.
Producing ultimate high-end sound, the wireless Devialet Phantom speakers and the Expert Pro audiophile systems were on display throughout designjunction.