This September, London’s creative quarter and newest retail destination, Kings Cross, played host to DesignJunction for the first time. From leading designers to undiscovered brands, this annual event brings together the newest and most innovative furniture, lighting and accessory designs of 2019.
Taking a change from 100% Design, for the first year we immersed ourselves into London Design Festival. Eagerly stepping off the tube at N1C and into the design capital of the world, here is what we discovered…
The change in season was at the forefront of the exhibition, with many stands embracing autumnal tones. Icons of Denmark displayed new models of the Sky Chair in an ombre of greens while launching the plastic seat in their bottle green finish. Crossover, a chair designed to meet the points between task and meeting, featured alongside these rusty colours in oatmeal tones, creating a softness to this colour trend.
Pairing perfectly with autumnal colours, timeless retro inspired furniture was a focal point this year. Taking centre stage of the Verpan display was Cloverleaf, a modular sofa system. With smooth curves and bubble-like features, this piece is everything you’d expect to see in the 70’s. Embracing similar characteristics, James Burleigh launched their new Pil table. Displaying a perfectly balanced aesthetic, the softly curved ends were reflected in the rounded legs, creating a more welcoming table for any environment.
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The increasing demand of environmentally conscious products was definitely top of the agenda for Sixteen3 this year. Launching ‘Reece’ and ‘Darcy’, the focus was on the environmental credentials. Designed with no conventional frames, the Reece sofa system features exterior panels that create a simple construction and can be made from a variety of sustainable materials, such as bamboo or recycled plastic. These raw, honest materials were used as both a show finish but also to maximise the recycled content.
It didn’t go unmissed that interior styling is a key element of completing a look. Every available surface was a platform for a display; whether it wasproduct literature, decorative ornaments or foliage, the minor details created the lasting impact.
'Biophillic Design' - we talk about it all the time but with the ever-increasing benefits there’s no sign of this trend stopping. Can a grid system be complete if it doesn’t feature some trailing Ivy? Or a dining table without a potted cactus? Not that we are complaining, plants are the perfect finishing touch.
Feeing inspired and ready to share our newly found knowledge with the rest of the BOF team, here are our personal highlights from DesignJunction 2019:
"On the lookout for a fun, playful, experiment with finishes, I was drawn towards Hopper, a room divider launched by James Burleigh. This piece was finished in three calming hues of blue, creating an ombre effect from the bottom up. With such a delicate change in tones, this technique tested my eyes. It was definitely a subtle but effective way of incorporating multiple colours."
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"Events like this are great research trips for new projects and our showroom design. The location was inspirational and the exhibition stands really got us thinking about how we can give our own display spaces in our showroom a new lease of life. We’ll definitely be back next year for more creative stimulation."