designjunction2017 highlights

As the leading destination for design, arts and culture during the London Design Festival, visitors to designjunction experienced breathtaking installations, participated in creative workshops, indulged in retail therapy, engaged in lively talks and much more.

With an abundance of design experiences to choose from take a look at the highlights from designjunction below.

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  • Renault UK – Life Designed
    Renault built a bespoke temporary structure which housed two feature projects; 1) the results of a design competition with Central Saint Martins’ students, and 2) the multi award-winning Renault TreZor Concept car, shown in the UK for the first time.
  • Gateways – Granary Square
    Turkishceramics commissioned Adam Nathaniel Furman for bespoke project ‘Gateways’ – a colourful, ceramic installation celebrating Turkey’s rich artisinal history.
  • Bloomon – Granary Square
    Covered in foliage inside and out, bloomon created a whimsical walk underneath a canopy of flowers with a pastel coloured passageway.
  • Remote Possibilities – Granary Square
    Welcoming visitors to the show, three glass box pavilions by new initiative Remote Possibilities housed the show’s Box Office and were launched at the show.
  • Blackbody – The Crossing
    OLED lighting specialists Blackbody returned to present a stunning installation in collaboration with Haviland showcasing the ‘Helen, Light & Porcelain’ bespoke chandelier.


  • designjunction Talks Programme – The Stanley Building
    For 2017, designjunction presented a new talks programme with lively discussions and debates, engaging topical issues around the shows theme ‘Where Design Meets’. Held at The Office Group, designed by Studio Downie Architects, the two-day event included sessions from high profile designers and creative brands.
  • CSM Workshops – The Crossing
    Central Saint Martins presented two free workshops during designjunction. Drawing for Design with Ilga Leimanis and Frankensteining workshop with Rod Judkins. 
  • bloomon workshops – Granary Square
    bloomon allowed visitors to combine a love of learning about flowers with design. These workshops took place inside their floral installation on Granary Square.
  • New London Neighbourhood Tour – King’s Cross
    designjunction partner NLA organised tours that highlighted the dramatic renewal of King’s Cross Central, 67 acres of old railway and industrial land transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living, working, learning and play.



Food & Drink

  • Campari® Creates – Granary Square
    Campari®, Italy’s iconic bittersweet aperitif, hosted a two week residency – Campari Creates – bringing the spirit of Milan to London by showcasing two of Milan’s greatest exports: Campari and creativity.
  • Tala Mini Bar – Granary Square
    Serving white port and tonics, Tala’s vintage car housed a cluster of Voronoi bulbs creating a canopy mimicking the original inspiration behind the bulb’s design; patterns found in the forest.
  • Real Food Festival – Granary Square
    A selection of vendors from Real Food Festival served a variety of ‘street food’ on Granary Square.
  • 2LG X Custhom interactive café – Cubitt Park
    Celebrating the launch of 2LG and Custhom’s new collection o luxury wallpapers, linens and velvets, the London based design studios presented an interactive café in Cubitt Park.

Food & Drink continued

  • The Lounge – Kirkby Design X Eley Kishimoto – Cubitt Park
    Bringing a luxe approach to the VIP and Press room, The Lounge by Kirkby Design x Eley Kishimoto showcased each of their unique styles. Eley Kishimoto’s passion for pattern adorned the walls and furniture within the space, providing an area to relax and network.
  • Kickstarter X Assemble immersive café – The Canopy
    Kickstarter and the Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble staged an immersive cafe in The Canopy to showcase SPLATWARE, a new line of limited edition experimental tableware products made by Granby Workshop.
  • Paleta Girls – The Canopy
    Paleta Girls brought visitors its delicious and refreshing superfruit ice lollies that are packed with 100% natural ingredients. All paletas are handmade and free from refined sugar, relying on the natural sweetness of the fruits and just a touch of honey or dates.
  • Hourglass
    London-based Hourglass operated designjunction’s purpose-built cafés across the show areas. Re-charge and relax with locally-sourced artisan coffees, teas and specialty hot drinks alongside a short vegetarian menu, freshly baked cakes and pastries.
  • Bubble Bros
    Bubble Bros brought their Prosecco Van to designjunction serving sparkling wine and providing visitors with a hotspot for networking and casual meetings


  • Cubitt House
    Cubitt House presented a stellar line-up of international design brands across furniture, lighting and accessories – held within a customised temporary structure.
  • Cubitt Park
    New for 2017, Cubitt Park housed emerging designers, luxury homewares as well as The Material Collective – a collaboration with material experts the SCIN gallery – exploring materials of today and in the future.
  • The Canopy
    The Canopy is designjunction’s retail destination. This area is a temporary pop-up venue for a selection of premium retail brands and emerging design labels selling everything from high-end fashion accessories to cutting-edge technology, ceramics, glassware, stationery and more.
  • The Crossing
    The Crossing space, which joins Cubitt House and The Canopy, runs through the University of the Arts London. This five-storey space featured a variety of installations and partnership projects including the launch of the Rado Star Prize UK.
  • Granary Square
    The centrally-located Granary Square featured headline projects including a new collaboration with Renault UK, a series of installations and the main designjunction Box Office.

Emerging Design

  • Renault UK – Life Designed
    Renault UK challenged MA(Hons) Industrial Design students at CSM to think about the future of autonomous, modular car design, and how infrastructure and services might support it. Renault’s stand featured the 3 finalists, and announced the winning design Float.
  • Rado Star Prize UK
    For the inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize UK, young designers from across the UK submitted a range of forward-thinking projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums responding to the theme ‘Design Meets Time’. The ten finalists were on display at the show and the winner of the judges prize ‘0.6 chair’ was announced at a ceremony on 21 September.
  • ArtsThread Selects
    Arts Thread joins forces with designjunction to promote the work of 20 new designers from around the world – work that ranges from furniture and lighting to craft, jewellery and interior textiles.
  • Middle East: Design Now! – Granary Square
    Dubai Design District, d3, presented a curated selection of current creative talent from across the Middle East.
  • Trouping Colour – Cubitt Park
    A selection of work as part of a project developed to create opportunities for young designers was presented in Cubitt Park.