Queues of eager visitors, no-nonsense security, colour-coded wristbands and towering black hoarding might have had you thinking was more of an exclusive nightclub than a destination. But once through its carefully guarded doors, the show's three storeys of shops, cafés and design fare proved a welcoming and lively mix with something to please all.
Lighting had its own dedicated hub this year, in the form of Lightjunction, with some eye-catching stands by , and Czech brand . Cumulus, a glass lamp by , had us interested in its unusual looks, impressed with its sculptural art lights and Berlin-based compelled us with its story of recycling restaurant bottles into designer lights. made a solid debut with origami-like pendants of varying sizes and forms. Bigger brands were also out in force, including , and .
Furniture highlights came in the way of ’s Series Three, a continuation of the Dorset brand’s contemporary craft ethos, reflecting a strong undercurrent of heritage and craft -led designs at this year's show. and new online brand were worth a look as well as Chilean brother-sister partnership the . Elsewhere, the entire ground floor of New Oxford Street’s former mail sorting office was dedicated to retail, widening the focus of the show towards consumers as well as trade. ’s stall was the undoubted highlight here – this year the research studio teamed up with Richard Brendon on a collection of striped bone china.
Flash Factories were a feature of this year’s Designjunction too, with a demonstration of , the first portable CNC router system drawing visitors’attention. Throughout the five days, Grow CNC routed out furniture designed by and from layers of birch ply.
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