London Design Festival: designjunction

Designjunction is back at The Old Sorting Office as part of London Design Festival – and includes graphic prints, intriguing installations and some dazzling new products from Patternity…

Designjunction is back at The Old Sorting Office as part of London Design Festival – and includes graphic prints, intriguing installations and some dazzling new products from Patternity…

Products for sale include Patternity’s Fleet of Dazzle range for the Imperial War Museum, inspired by the dazzle patterns used to disguise ships during the First World War:

Subscription based gift service Not Another Bill featured a lovely range of products (and packaging) – the website invites people to subscribe for a monthly fee and list their style and preferences to receive a surprise present in the post:

Image via Not Another Bill on Instagram

Outline Editions’ display (top) includes work by Malika Favre, Kristjana Williams, Noma Bar, Hvass and Hannibal and Anthony Burrill, as well as a collection of ten TfL Oyster card holders (which we wrote about here). Williams also has her own stand, the Kristjana Williams studio, with patterned prints, cushions and sofa:

MinaLima, the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter film series, is selling Potter-themed prints and new designs from their own range:

And Crispin Finn is selling its trademark blue, red and white prints, textiles and wall planners:

There are some interesting displays, too – Swedish ceramics designers Soderlund Davidson are offering a ‘make your own sculpture’ service for £20, allowing visitors to choose products from a conveyor belt:

While upstairs, A Child’s Dream (a charity project supported by Ercol and Anglepoise) features 19 products surrounded by white balloons, which have been customised by designers and will be auctioned off to raise money for Teddy’s Wish, a charity raising funds for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:

Other products for sale include neon lights, graphic gifts and stationery, and GF Smith has a stand for its Colorplan service. David David, the studio behind the Carousel Wall mosaic installation for the V&A with Johnson Tiles, which we wrote about in our V&A round-up, is also selling prints and textiles.

Among the installations on show are some interesting projects commissioned by Dezeen and Mini. Dominic Wilcox’s diverless sleeper car, which houses a single bed in a stained glass shell. Wilcox says the concept car takes inspiration from the windows of Durham Cathedral.

And Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s Design Taxonomy imagines a design world subjected to the same experiments as synthetic biology – her installation presents a single car diversified through 13 generations of climate zones:

Also on show is Lucy McRae’s intriguing Prep Your Body For Space installation, described as one of a series of experiments exploring the impact of zero gravity on the body. The architect has enlisted a series of performers to trial her device, which places users in a kind of suspended animation by covering their body in a plastic membrane, making them appear liquified:

Concept image via lucymcrae.net

Designjunction is open at 21-31 New Oxford Street WC1A 1BA until 21 September. For details, see thedesignjunction.co.uk

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