London Design Festival 2016 – designjunction Review

This year, designjunction was held for the first time at its new long-term home Kings Cross, having made a partnership with the University of the Arts London. The destination is set to become a new creative district as well as an international business hub for design in central London. Coal Drops Yard, an exciting retail space that brings together industrial heritage and contemporary design is set to open in 2018.

designjunction in it’s 5th edition featured 180 different brands as well as more than 50 carefully selected design led pop-up shops as well as numerous installations and collaborations.

Here are a few of our favourites…

Foldability: We were drawn to the 3D geometric pieces (see post on New Designers) and the work by Foldability, located in Cubitt House, was no exception. The London based studio creates bespoke installations and products inspired by geometry and origami, all of which are created by hand. The technique itself is quite simple – essentially meticulously folding by hand before securing the folds with heat. A truly versatile material, it has applications in wall covering and lighting for various sectors of the interiors market as well as set design and textiles. This links strongly to the A/W16-17 trend: Native with its main themes of craft and technology. This is further emphasized by the materials used, a cardboard base onto which natural and synthetic fabrics are heat set.

Foldability

Another Studio: Another Studio is a craft-design practice that creates products for the home and workplace covering lighting, stationary and accessories. They are also inspired by origami as well as the craft of tailoring, not only within the construction of each piece but also in the aesthetics. The company works with flat sheet materials like wood, metal and paper to create intriguing and playful 3D forms. Created are equally functional and aesthetically stunning designs that we love and will add interest to any room or desk space.

Another StudioOlivia Aspinal Studio: Olivia Aspinall creates bespoke handcrafted surfaces for use within the interiors industry. Her work links strongly to the terrazzo trend. Terrazzo isn’t a new idea, originating in 15th century Italy, however recently the material has now been reworked into flooring, wall and home accessories.She predominantly works with the material of Jesmonite, a material that allows her to translate her ‘textile aesthetics into solid materials.’ A successful Kickstarter campaign enabled her to exhibit at her first solo show. It definitely goes to show if you are an independent designer you can successfully exhibit at high profile showcases through the help of support from around the world.

Olivia AspinallKirkby Design: Kirkby Design, a brand situated under the ROMO group presented their latest collection of fabrics suitable for the home and contact furnishing market. In a blend of contemporary design, minimal and monochrome graphic grid patterns are combined with quilted velvet and a rich jewel palette. The company also created new versions of its Piccadilly textile design exclusively for MADE.COM. It was designed in collaboration with Transport for London to help them celebrate over 150 years of transport design history.

Kirkby DesignGRID: The GRID design is also reflected in the external cladding of Cubit House which we love. Designed by Peter J Lassen, the flexible structure blends together exterior and interior as light passes through the simple structure that is filled with mirrors and vegetation. Bringing the outdoors in has become increasingly popular across all sectors; retail, hospitality and leisure. This was further represented by exhibiting stand bloomon. The company has recently collaboration with & Other Stories with the aim to bring fresh flowers direct to the consumer.

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Lastly, one of my personal favourite pieces…The knot cushion by Icelandic-based designer Ragnheidur Osp Sigurdardottir which has gone into production with Swedish brand Design House Stockholm. The soft statement design, which is available in multiple contemporary tones, is made from knitted strips where the start and end seamlessly merge into one.

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We thoroughly enjoyed visiting many events over the fortnight and are very much looking forward to next years event when many more exciting events will be showcased across the capital. We certainly will be keeping an eye on the website from May when events are uploaded!

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TREND UPDATE: ASTRO

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; ASTRO. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from interior style & tableware trends to jewellery, stationery and lighting design.

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THE TREND

Space exploration plays a central role in inspiring creatives throughout fashion and interiors. This trend is brutal and primitive yet precise and severe with contrasting elements of definitive glamour. It has a palette of intense darks, red planet inspired shades, jewelled tones and raw metallics. A mix of natural, earthen textures and beautifully engineered finishes.

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MODERN METALLICS

Metallic finishes are cracked, burnished and eroded with oxidised, flaking and crushed surface effects. We see porous, gritty and distressed appearances contrast with high shine, sleek and ultra modern metallics to create a luxurious twist on a trend that shines with luminous colour.

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INDUSTRIAL RAWNESS

A celebration of natural elements and geological materials. There is an abundance of stone, metal and wood textures that appear chiseled, hammered, charred and weathered. Volcanic rock, organically formed crystals, gems and agate appear alongside a mix of raw metallics as we embrace the unprocessed materials of our planet and the next.

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Links to all images can be found on our Astro Pinterest Board.

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The Decor + Design show, Melbourne – Trend Hub materials list

A special Hello to everyone who has visited our Trend Hub at Decor + Design 2016. As promised here is a list of the materials on display on the sample table:

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3 Design Trend Stories for 2017 – The SOcolor Booklet

This Color Book gives you 3 of 2017’s key design trend stories: Desert Wanderer, Organic Matter and Analogue Workshop. The book includes a brief explanation of each of the trends, the Scarlet Opus Trend Boards illustrating each trend’s interior style and also the Pantone referenced color palettes for each trend story.

This book will give you guidance for the design and marketing of your product in line with future trends. It is an inspirational document that outlines key themes and important color palettes for interiors moving forward into 2017. Inspiring guidance for everything interiors including retail merchandising, product sourcing, stationery, furniture, decor, tabletop, kitchen design, and much more.

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New Designers 2016 – Part 1 – a most important Creative Showcase

This week New Designers took place at London’s Business Design Centre now in its 31st edition. The UK’s most important exhibition for emerging design is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass and contemporary crafts. Part 2 is slanted towards product and industrial design, graphics, illustration and animation.

Designers who have completed their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees exhibit their work representing their university. A breadth of specialisms and talents are on display exhibiting high levels of originality, innovation and craftsmanship. Here is a round up of our favourite pieces as well as some of the trends which caught my eye.

First is Bath Spa graduate and Texprint 2016 finalist Lydia Knight. Inspired by botanicals, plants and flora she creates beautiful prints developed from exquisite hand drawn illustrations and paintings. I was attracted to her artworks which have then been developed in repeat using digital print techniques. Her designs could easily be adapted in the commercial interior and home furnishings sector; specifically wallpaper or the bedlinen market.

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Fellow Bath Spa graduate is Rhian Beynon whose stunning paintings have been developed digitally. What I liked most about her collection, was her preference to display both the digital fabrics and a large scale painting (right) which would look beautiful as a bespoke artwork. The details and colours have been translated wonderfully into her repeated designs, again highly suitable for the commercial interiors sector.

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One of the themes I noticed at the exhibition was ‘pleating’. This covered various disciplines including weave, knit and print. Catherine Kinsbury-Smith of Herriot Watt University uses iridescent yarns within the knitted fabrics.

Catherine Kingsbury-Smith

As the light shines depending on the time of day, the 3D illusion is emphasised. Likewise Glasgow School of Art graduate Rochelle McGuiness; the sharp lines and iridescent surfaces of her collection entitled ‘Distorting Perception of Depth’ allows the pieces to take on the colour of their surroundings and vary depending on the viewers standpoint. I particularly like the projection of her designs when used for lighting.

Rochelle McGuiness

‘Folded Nature’ by Loughborough Textile Innovation & Design graduate Lauren Saunders explores a three-dimensional, structured aesthetic for fashion. Taking inspiration from natural forms she combines a variety of fabric manipulation methods including ‘heat forming’. Enabling the fabrics to not only demonstrate functionality as they become flexible in response to the body, but also remain visually appealing. Although intended for the high end/haute couture fashion market, her designs could also be considered in other contexts such as an architectural installation.

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Continuing with the theme of optical illusion, a number of new designers exhibiting represented this trend in the form of printed textiles. I’ve selected the work of graduate Stefan Volder for simple yet very effect designs. His menswear collection entitled ‘Concrete Nostalgia’ took inspiration from post-war modernist architecture in Scotland.

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Anna Helgesson‘s work, from first time exhibitors Swedish School of Textiles the University of Boras (winners of the award for Best Stand); particularly stood out to me for its simple and striking primary coloured designs providing a clever optical illusion. It reminded me of the work by Japanese design studio A.P.Works. I really enjoyed all the Swedish School of Textiles’ graduates use of scale including the collection (UN)PERFECT – ‘Breaking the rules in textile printing’ by Lisa Fredin (left). These particular pieces I think would work well as drapes for windows or room divides as light can still be passed through whilst offering privacy.

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Talking of large scale work, to be admired is the work of Katherine Plumb. The printer from Central St Martins takes inspiration from purpose built landscapes which are then developed into cut-paper collages and large scale prints destined for interiors. The quirky pegs used to display the fabrics are also playful and really suit the fun and bold colour palette.

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One Year On is a feature of the show that presents selected designers in their first year of business. Chosen by an independent panel they are selected based on their flair and quality of product. All work exhibited can be bought or commissioned directly from the designers at the show. Favourites of included Aimee Bollu, a member of the Crafts Council’s Hot House programme, Aimee seeks out objects that have fallen out of use and aims to bring them back to life. Combining found objects which may be viewed as conventional and mundane she adds newly created simple vessel forms offering the viewer something familiar yet fresh. With a subtle and contemporary palette, splashes of bright, the vessels can be viewed as a collection or as individual objects.

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Well that’s it for the Part One report, I had a great time and highly recommend the exhibition as a great day out, a wonderful way in which to discover new talent and of course, a great place to buy some exquisite and unique pieces.

Let us know what your opinion is about what you’ve just seen and if we’ve persuaded you to go next year………

 

 

 

 

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