designjunction 2018 – what you can expect to see

by Ofentse Sefolo
designjunction 2018 – what you can expect to see

Now in its eighth year, designjunction will take over the creative and cultural South Bank in London from 20 to 23 September, showcasing more than 200 global brands in the largest super-structure ever built by designjunction – the Doon Street site. The Riverside Walkway will host a series of outdoor installations, whilst Oxo Tower Wharf and Bargehouse will feature major brand activations, talks and exhibitions.
Attended by more than 28 000 international visitors last year, designjunction has now been awarded the title of Best UK Tradeshow (2 000 to 8 000m²) at the 2018 Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards. The judging panel commented: “designjunction combines an innovative use of space with experiential activations and tailored channels of engagement for visitors, which have all contributed to a unique experience.”

This year, visitors can look forward to hundreds of product launches, boutique pop-up shops, bespoke installations, exhibitions, a specially curated talks programme and dedicated spaces to relax, meet, work and enjoy delicious food.

For more information, visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk.

The Gateway to Inclusion by Saint-Etienne, Lisa White and François Dumas, Riverside Walkway.

On one of the jetties overlooking the Thames, the city of Saint-Etienne will showcase the Gateway to Inclusion, an installation conceived by Lisa White, head of lifestyle and interiors at WGSN, in collaboration with designer François Dumas. A structure made of steel and ribbon, two of Saint-Etienne’s traditional industries, the project aims to promote inclusion in design.

The Mud Shell Project by Stephanie Chaltiel, Riverside Walkway.

Mud Shell is an innovative housing project combining ancient earth architecture techniques with the latest drone-spraying technology. Led by architect, Stephanie Chaltiel, the project aims to build a simple but sturdy and durable housing system for both emergency contexts and alternative dwelling systems. Chaltiel has developed a unique digital tool that can be piloted or programmed to “drone spray” natural materials over a light prefabricated framework until it forms an inhabitable structure.

The Glenlivet Bar by Bethan Gray, Doon Street site.

Award-winning British designer, Bethan Gray, has teamed up with whisky experts The Glenlivet to create an experiential celebration of craft in the form of a bar serving a specially created menu of food and cocktails. The bar is made from marble with a brass inlay – a new technique mastered with long-term collaborator Mohamad Reza Shamsian and his Muscat-based workshop of 120 artisans, featuring Bethan Gray’s Victoria lights for Editions Milano.

Co-working space by Squire and Partners, Doon Street site.

The Architect’s Toolkit Project will be launched as part of a co-working space designed by award-winning architecture practice, Squire and Partners, using acoustic panels by We Design Silence. Relating to Stephen Lawrence’s unrealised dream to become an architect, Squire and Partners’ installation creates a highly stimulating dreamscape environment in which core design tools are unlimited, and people from all generations and backgrounds can meet, work and create together. The space will be used for interactive workshops and to connect young designers with industry leaders.

Pedro Calado, winner of the architecture and light category (amateur) for 2017, Bargehouse.

Blueprint magazine will present the winners of the 2018 Blueprint Architecture Photography Awards, sponsored by Atrium. Now in its second year, this international competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers.

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