Highlights from Designjunction 2017

Designjunction, where designers meet, showcases immersive installations, exciting product launches and creative workshops, industry insiders and design addicts alike. Here are the highlights!

The show took place during the annual London Design Festival, this year from 21st to the 24th of September 2017 featuring more than 200 leading global design brands set on the historical grounds of Granary Square at Kings Cross in London.

Obviously we have an eye for what’s Nordic…

Icons of Denmark

Icons of Denmark Ltd is a London based curator of Danish Design, bringing classic and contemporary Danish furniture, lighting, accessories and systems to the market. Brands included Made by Hand Copenhagen, the Danish heritage brand Andersen Furniture as well as as Hans Thyge & Co. The main attraction was perhaps the multifunctional design system by Grid that framed the stand into a private, calm and inspiring space, with a bespoke greenery display by the Provincial Planters.

Design House Stockholm

Design House Stockholm is a publisher of design with an ambition to gather a collection of the very best Scandinavian contemporary furniture. More than 1000 articles from more than 100 designers have come into production through the design house over the years since the company was founded, in 1992.

The Torso by Lisa Hilland for Design House Stockholm.

Arguably what caught many visitors eyes was the Torso, designed by Lisa Hilland. Hilland creates contemporary design inspired by her passion for fashion. After graduating from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, she for worked ten years as a designer in London before setting up her own studio in Sweden in 2005. In collaboration with Design House Stokholm, Hilland has designed the Torso, a chair which is minimalistic in expression yet visually striking with its woven leather detailing.

The Hammershoi Tableware by Hans Christian Bauer for Kähler.

Skandium presents Skagerak and Kahler Design. Skandium is a British company founded in 1999, supplying modern contemporary Scandinavian lifestyle products for the home, outdoor, soft contract and the hospitality industry.

What caught our eye was the Kähler’s Hammershøi tableware and home range, which is inspired by the historic works of the world-famous Danish artist Svend Hammershøi (1873–1948), known for his classic pottery designs for the royal danish porcelain factory and also, Kählers.

Kähler represents Nordic design with a 175 year old history. And its design is as relevant and timeless now as it was then.

The Hammershoi Vase by Hans Christian Bauer for Kähler.

This design spotted at Designjunction is by Norwegian born industrial designer Hans-Christian Bauer. The beautifully shaped vase which is available in several sizes and colours is set to give Kählers popular Omaggio vase a run for its money.

Also… To add to the experience, it was Cocktail O’Clock with Campari. Throughout Designjunction, Campari held residency in King’s Cross with a series of masterclasses and Campari’s signature serves. Skål!

Furthermore, Designjunction was also Where the Flowers Bloom. Those interested to learn the art of creating beautiful bouquets was able to to do so with the help of Bloomon, one of Granary Square’s main attractions with its gorgeous display.

There was also a photo booth which we took advantages off…

Bianca from Little Scandinavian and Linda from Smudgetikka in the photo boot.

Then finally, we went to ‘Where Design Meets Finland’, a talk that explored how design has been at the forefront of Finland’s identity throughout the last 100 years and also what the future of design from the Nordic nation holds. Creative Director of Iittala, Jeremiah Tesolin, Managing Director of Artek, Marianne Goebl, Sanna Annukka, Printmaker and Textile Designer for brands including Marimekko; and Charlotte Fiell, design historian and writer made up a rather interesting panel debate. In particular Marianne Goebl had some very good stories from Artek, which probably deserves its own post on the blog someday. Tbc.

Another eventful day during London Design Week. Thank you for stopping by Little Scandinavian. x

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