As part of London Design Festival, the city’s biggest design event of the year, Design Junction will be taking over King’s Cross, transforming it into an exciting creative quarter with a jam-packed programme of pop-ups, incredible installations, exhibitions and fun collaborations. Design Junction runs from September 21–24 – here’s a round up of what to see and do at the event.
Step through the ‘Gateways’
Probably the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the King’s Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ) will be the eye-catching installation by Turkishceramics and Andrew Nathaniel Furman – look closely, and you’ll come to realise the series of four ‘Gateways’ are made from colourful ceramic tiles. As you walk through the four-metre-high gates, the immersive installation takes you on a journey through Turkey’s rich history of ceramics, each telling a different design narrative.
Walk among the flowers
Run by three guys, gorgeous flower company Bloomon has been revolutionising the flower industry with its unique bouquets. Now, the team is bringing its joyful florals to Granary Square in the form of a whimsical walk through a pastel-coloured canopy of stunning flowers – get to the end of the tunnel and you’ll discover a secret hidden door. Behind it you’ll find a flower-filled room where Bloomon will be hosting intimate talks and workshops; try your hand at arranging or pick up some top tips from the pros.
See the cars of the future
In Renault’s immersive experience, you’ll get a taste of what driving in the future might be like. Students from Central Saint Martins were asked to come up with a concept for a car that can be shared by many different people, as fewer may own their own vehicle eventually. The brief was to design something truly adaptable that can be tailored to each individual driver’s needs, with the winning design being realised and displayed at next year’s show. Want to see a car in the flesh? The award-winning TreZor car, a futuristic-looking electric sports model, will also be on display at the show.
Enjoy some foodie creations
Naturally, food meets creativity at Design Junction – head to Cubitt Park’s interactive cafe where you’ll be able to watch and participate in live screen-printing from London studios 2LG and Custhom while snacking on some tasty treats, or enjoy another immersive cafe run by Kickstarter and Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble to celebrate the launch of its new ‘Splatware’ tableware. In addition, you’ll find a range of artisan delights at the Real Food Festival street-food vans on Granary Square.
Get your design fix at The Canopy
Ready for some retail therapy? Head over to this cool pop-up venue with products from more than 70 established brands and emerging designers to choose from. Here you’ll find the perfect mix of small accessories, stationery, ceramics and jewellery that will make great gifts if you’re thinking ahead for Christmas, plus there are lots of individual items from pendant lights to contemporary tableware for the home, too. New launches include a brand-new sofa range from Someday Designs, an elegant wooden lighting collection called Timber Tailor from Another Studio and a series of sculptural mobiles from Tom Pigeon.
Support next-gen designers
Discover the cutting-edge work of Britain’s future talent at an exhibition of 10 shortlisted emerging designers who are up for the Rado Star Prize. You’ll be able to vote for your favourite design, all of which explore the theme of ‘Design Meets Time’. Ideas range from interpretations of traditional objects, such as a spinning top and a pinhole camera, to innovative seating, including a transformable chair that can be used from birth to adulthood and another that moulds to suit the user’s body shape.
Take a trip to Dubai
Dubai’s Design District ‘d3’, which is the primary destination for Middle Eastern creatives, will be coming to Design Junction, bringing with it a showcase of works from its collective of native up-and-coming designers and artists.
Listen to fascinating talks and hot debates
From learning the secret to turning a house into a bespoke home to listening to British design legends Kenneth Grange and Rodney Kinsman discuss their lives and work, there are a myriad of engaging talks and debates going on at Design Junction.
Soak up the atmosphere, literally
End the day by hopping onto Campari’s ultra-cool customised narrowboat for a refreshing sip of this Italian apéritif – either get creative and make your own by joining in one of the ‘Campari Creates Masterclasses’ or kick back and relax with a glass while enjoying the river view. If you fancy something a little different, head over the the Tala Mini Bar on the main square where you can enjoy a concoction of white ports and tonics, all served from a cute vintage Mini Cooper.
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