designjunction announces first exhibitor line-up and product launches  

designjunction announces first exhibitor line-up and product launches  

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KIVA shelving system

designjunction, now in its eighth year, returns this September (20 – 23) as part of the annual London Design Festival (15 – 23 September). Moving to an exciting new location, the critically-acclaimed design show will transport to the South Bank, the city’s most iconic cultural and creative hub, and deliver a specially curated programme of exhibitions, installations, retail experiences, talks and workshops.  designjunction will present a stellar line-up of UK and international brands – both established and emerging – showcased across three key venues including the Doon Street site (furniture, lighting and retail), Riverside Walkway (outdoor installations) and Oxo Tower Wharf (exhibitions and experiential events), all of which are owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB).  

DOON STREET

The Doon Street site will feature the best in contemporary furniture as well as accessories and materials from leading international design brands alongside a selection of emerging designers. It will also house temporary pop-up shops offering a vast array of products from fashion accessories, homeware pieces, textiles and stationery attracting both retail buyers and design-savvy consumers. The two-floor purpose built super-structure will be the largest and most ambitious build designjunction has ever undertaken.

DOON STREET – TRADE BRANDS

New exhibitor Berlin-based, Bauhaus-inspired design studio New Tendency will present its ‘Truth to Materials’ campaign with a selection of new products including the December side table, Apex shelf and a fresh update to its signature Masa table system. 

Also new to the show this year, Broste Copenhagen will bring its Danish design heritage and craftsmanship expertise to London with the new modular Lake sofa, its core collection of upholstered furniture and extensive range of home accessories including a new series of ceramics. 

New lifestyle brand, Northern will be unveiled at designjunction with several new launches including the Shelter desk, Oasis planter and Case cushion. Born out of Northern Lighting, Northern has now extended its trademark style to furniture pieces and interior accessories bringing fresh vision and Nordic spirit to its new collections. 

Leading bathroom brand VitrA will present its new Plural collection conceived by Milan-based American designer Terri Pecora. Inspired by the heritage of communal bathing spaces and rituals, the range introduces the bathroom as a social hub and informal living environment where people meet and reconnect with themselves and 

Finnish furniture brand KIVA will launch a fully customisable shelving system featuring easy tool-free assembly and integrated lighting. The new KIVA shelving unit combines the flexibility of personalised dimensions with patented push-n-lock system and built-in low-voltage lights.

Swedish furniture company Johanson has more than 60 years’ experience in making pure, simple and balanced furniture. The family-run business will showcase its new Norma sofa and armchair collection created in collaboration with designer Färg & Blanche as well as Ester, a new conference chair conceived by designer Alexander Lervik.

Contemporary furniture maker, James Burleigh, will launch the new Café table aimed at coffee shop and canteen style environments as well as the Louie low coffee table. Alongside these new designs, the London-based designer will also present fresh updates to its existing products – the Osprey table in new materials and the Hills tables in a new silhouette.

Lighting manufacturer ANDlight based in Vancouver, Canada, will unveil three new product families – the minimal Array collection and the astral-inspired Orbit light by Lukas Peet and the Vine by Caine Heintzman. 

Handmade glass experts, LSA International will present the new AW18 collections, including Bar Culture, a collection of contemporary mouthblown designs for the luxury bar and Whisky Cut, a refined range of tumblers with hand cut decorations.

Award-winning furniture makers from Czech Republic, TON will demonstrate its wood-bending expertise with the new Chips lounge chair. Designed by Lucie Koldová, the piece is defined by inviting soft curves and a striking backrest shaped like a potato chip. ‘In contrast to a conventional chair, I wanted it to feel a little sexy’, explains the designer. 

Long-established Swedish company Lammhults will present two new collaborations. Designed by Gunilla Allard, the Carousel conference chair draws inspiration from the 60s, while Anya Sebton’s playful S18 table pays homage to the brand’s history and the iconic S70 collection. 

Renowned for its wood tanning expertise, Gemla is Sweden’s oldest furniture manufacturer based in the small village of Diö and founded in 1861. This year, they will launch two new chairs – Nordic and T13 – both made from certified solid ash and upholstered in vegetable tanned leather. 

Family-owned Danish furniture company Erik Jørgensen will show for the first time at designjunction with a selection of its latest collaborations including the new Ovo chair by British designer Damian Williamson,  alongside some of its core collections.

designjunction will see the official launch of the Form sofa family, the latest collection by Icons of Denmark. Bringing Danish design to the UK, the brand will also unveil a new one-seater booth responding to the needs for flexible, but private office furniture solutions. 

Very Good & Proper, led by Ed Carpenter and André Klauser, will be celebrating 10 years of practical and beautiful products at designjunction this year. The London-based designer and manufacturer will showcase some of its classics such as the Canteen utility chair and Sled drawer units along with new collaborations.

Swedish lighting company Wästberg will present its new w171 alma pendant light. Formed of delicate concentric circles, the lamp diffuses a rounded source of light while reflecting soft waves of shadow onto the ceiling.  

The award-winning designer Bethan Gray will present her latest lighting collection, Victoria. Inspired by her original Victoria tea set, the pieces feature a relief pattern hand-carved from Arabescato marble by Italian master craftsmen. The Victoria lighting collection will complement Bethan Gray’s bespoke bar designed in collaboration with whisky experts The Glenlivet.

DOON STREET – POP-UP SHOPS

Designed for simplicity and efficiency, and built for modern life, Nolii is a British technology company founded by serial entrepreneur Asad Hamir and celebrated designer Benjamin Hubert. Following a successful showcase at last year’s London Design Festival, Nolii returns to launch its flagship collection of life-enhancing tech accessories and to preview more recent innovations.

Innovative London-based eyewear brand Kite has partnered with celebrated designer Benjamin Hubert to launch a revolutionary technology system, bringing a new level of customisation to the world of premium eyewear. Set to radically transform the traditional eyewear buying experience, the new system will enable Kite to create bespoke frames which are mapped to the unique features of the individual.

HANADURI, a multi-disciplinary craft and design studio from Seoul, Korea, will launch the ‘Moon’ collection. Made from traditional Korean paper ‘Hanji’ combined with brass, the collection of decorative objects features the motif of ancestral doors and windows. From art mobiles to prints and soaps, the range is deeply rooted in Korea’s cultural heritage and nature.

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RIVERSIDE WALKWAY & OXO TOWER WHARF 

Riverside Walkway will showcase a series of outdoor installation projects, whilst Oxo Tower Wharf will host major brand activations, exhibitions and experiential events. designjunction is thrilled to join 25 designer-maker stores with Oxo Tower Wharf already playing home to renowned brands including Innermost, Black & Blum, Bodo Sperlein and many more.