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19 - 22 September 2019
 
designjunction announces groundbreaking new activations for 2019
Press Preview: 09:00 - 11:00, 19 September 2019
King's Cross Design District, London N1C


SEPTEMBER 2019: PRESS RELEASE
Spread out over a variety of locations in the first ever King's Cross Design District from 19-22 September, designjunction is delighted to unveil its unbeatable line-up of activations which have been created in line with this year's theme (Re)act to respond to a number of topical issues. MuDD Architects and Jane Scott present a new sustainable material for lightweight housing projects, Steuart Padwick addresses the stigma surrounding mental health with his activation 'Talk To Me', Yamaha Design Studio + Keechdesign use technology to create objects inspired by building blocks, amongst many other exciting activations.
Above: MuDD Architects x Jane Scott, 'Bioknit Pavilion' - to be launched for the first time at designjunction 2019 in Cubitt Park

In Cubitt Park, award-winning designers Stephanie Chaltiel and Jane Scott are teaming up this year to present the Bioknit Pavilion.

The collaboration between Stephanie Chaltiel of MuDD Architects - shortlisted for this year's Dezeen Awards for their MuDD Shell - and Jane Scott, an internationally renowned digital knitting expert based at the University of Leeds, will demonstrate how new textile architecture manufacturing techniques can integrate colour, materials and form seamlessly into a knitted Pavilion.

The dynamic curvy geometry is inspired by growth patterns in nature, using biomimetic principles derived from plant biology to inspire the form and functionality of the work. The Bioknit Pavilion is fabricated from a range of materials including sustainable recycled nylon and smart phosphorescent yarns. The textile pavilion is digitally knitted in one piece at The University of Leeds combing complex 3D form with a tactile, responsive, textile experience.

Bioknit Pavilion is the first in a series of knitted architectures that will be used as a light formwork for permanent upcoming affordable housing constructions in 2020.

Above: A close-up of the texture used to create the soon to be revealed 'Bioknit Pavilion' by MuDD Architects and designer Jane Scott at designjunction 2019
Above: Steuart Padwick, 'Talk To Me' - to be unveiled for the first time at designjunction 2019
On King's Boulevard, multi-award winning British designer, Steuart Padwick will showcase 'Talk To Me': a powerful and engaging two-piece interactive installation. These large-scale works, standing over 5 metres high, are in support of the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change.

As passers-by approach these interactive giant cuboid wooden figures, a proximity sensor is triggered, and they begin to voice poignant and uplifting words. These conversations start to crack the ‘burden’ to release a glowing light.

The words for these five and a half-metre-tall sculptures have been written by notable poets, writers, actors and mental health ambassadors including, Rachel Joyce, Barney Norrris, Adam Kammerling, Charlotte Newman, Olly Todd, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Nathalie Armin and Uncle Errol.
Above: 're/assemble' by Yamaha Design Studio + Keechdesign - to be activated for the first time at designjunction 2019
Moving to the Canopy behind Central Saint Martins, Yamaha Design Studio + Keechdesign will be unveiling 're/assemble', a new collaborative and interactive exhibit of designed objects that are inspired by building blocks and that have been created to spark joy in people of all ages. The two studios have challenged eight UK based designers from brands including Nikon and Hitachi, as well as from design and architecture studios including Rients and Sabotage Design, to create toys that also offer a new purpose or experience value. The stand will be an interactive space where visitors can experience and play with the final designed objects. 

Owing to the ubiquitousness of technology in 2019, Yamaha Design Studio + Keechdesign are noticing that product and trend cycles are getting shorter, driven by consumers who are hungry for the next best thing. re/assemble aims to explore how we can still experience joy and pleasure through simple forms. 
re/assemble by Yamaha Design Studio + Keechdesign. Designers participating include, above clockwise left to right: Kazuya Washio from Yamaha Design Studio London, Ryo Fukumaru from Hamaha, multiple designers from Sabotage Design and Matt Delegate from Keechdesign
In addition to the Rado Star Prize Award UK which will take place in The King's Cross Light Tunnel, the space will also be activated by two lighting brands: Anglepoise and Haberdashery

British lighting brand Anglepoise will present six playful installations, each featuring a Giant Anglepoise Lamp which will light up inspirational quotes installed on the light panels of the tunnel. They  are inviting visitors to jump into the sets and take photos by the light of a 'Giant'. Each photo which is shared on social media and which tags Anglepoise will be entered into a competition, with one lucky winner being gifted with a Giant Anglepoise Lamp of their own. 
Above: Anglepoise will present an interractive installation of their 'Original 1227 Giant Lamps' in the Light Tunnel for designjunction 2019
Elsewhere in the Light Tunnel, Haberdashery will show their award winning 'Dawn to Dusk' lamps in an installation that celebrates the rising and setting sun. Inspired by memories of light, the table lamp is from their Evoke collection which this year alone has won the Red Dot 'Best of the Best' award and a European Product Design 'Platinum' award.
Above: Haberdashery will transform one section of the light tunnel with 'Dawn to Dusk' for designjunction 2019
Participating in designjunction for the first time, Brighton-based artist Lois O'Hara will present 'Move Freely': three totem polls adorned with her trademark fluid and bold graphics which have previously transformed basketball courts and a section of the Brighton beachfront in the past year. 

The designs reflect the theme (Re)act and there is a vivid contrast between the colour and the black & white, to show that they are drawn to one another but their energies are reacting. Lois O'Hara's work is centred around the idea of capturing flow and movement, so the totem polls have been positioned throughout King's Cross and Coal Drops Yard to encourage visitors to move around the show. 
Above: Artist Lois O'Hara's trademark fluid and bold graphics will guide visitors through designjunction in the form of 'Move Freely': three designed totem polls
To be featured near the Bioknit Pavilion in Cubitt Park, manufacturer of award winning steel enamel bathrooms, Kaldewei has teamed up with designer Bim Burton working on his recyclable, sustainable furniture project ‘From Inside to Out’.
 
Taking this year’s theme of (Re)act, Bim and Kaldewei have worked together to create, exclusively for designjunction, a series of recyclable, sustainable unique bath chairs in 3 different styles.  

Kaldewei baths are 100% recyclable and, using Kaldewei’s own superior steel enamel, they have been ingeniously crafted to Bim’s unique design, creating beautiful, designer chairs for designjunction’s visitors to relax in.
Above: Bim Burton and Kaldewei present 'From Inside To Out' in collaboration with AJ Wells, Agua Fabrics & AHEC - to be unveiled for the first time at designjunction 2019

Visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk for more details.

designjunction 2019
Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 September 2019
King’s Cross Design District, London NC1

For tickets visit: https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/Book-tickets.html

Public ticket prices:
£15

Public Platinum tickets:
£30

Trade registration:
£15 

Press registration:
Free entry now open

Press preview:
Thursday 19 September 9:00 - 11:00
Register here: thedesignjunction.co.uk/press

Opening times:
Thursday 19 September 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 20 September 11:00 – 19:00
Saturday 21 September 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday 22 September 11:00 – 17:00

 CONTACT: 


All media enquiries should be directed to the designjunction PR team at Bacchus:

Sarah Ward, Rhiannon Johns or Innes Rose Hall
designjunction@bacchus.agency / +44 208 968 0202

You can find us at designjunction press office in The Office Group from 19-22 September at the following address:


The Stanley Building
7 Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:
 
About designjunction:
designjunction is London’s leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival in September. designjunction presents over 200 world-class international brands and smaller cutting-edge labels to an audience of design professionals (architects, interior designers, retailers and media) as well as consumers. In 2018, designjunction attracted more than 27,000 visitors across five days. designjunction is a show for the industry, by the industry.
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