Designjunction 2016, King’s Cross
Designjunction came to King’s Cross in 2016 and is set to remain as it takes up residence in partnership with the University of the Arts London. Running between 22-25 September, four distinct areas were established to bring this exhibition to life: Cubitt House – showcased over 100 leading design brands centred around cutting-edge furniture, accessories and contemporary lighting, The Canopy – a hive of pop-ups where retail brands across a diverse mix of fashion, textiles, stationery, ceramics and technology tempted punters, The Crossing – housed interactive installations and live demonstrations and finally Granary Square – focused on immersive design concepts, showcased in 7 custom built red monopoly houses.
A few that caught our attention were Zhiwen Tang’s “Chinese Dreams” (above image left). A graphical novel based on Tang’s father who invested more than 40 years in the construction industry, witnessing China’s transition from the post-Maoist era to ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’. It exams China’s complex evolution and that impact on individual autonomy through the personal story of one man and his family. Freya Morgan’s “Photosympathise” (above image right) asks participants to question what if people were like plants? Morgan has created an absurdist world in which houseplants and their owners swap lives. Human limbs sit in pots on the windowsill whilst plants watch television and luxuriate in bed. Designed to evoke a sense of equality, it does make you wonder if an alternative world does indeed exist, one where plants might be keeping us on their shelves!
Lucie Davis’ “Jewellery Undercover” looked at an entertaining collision between the precious and the mundane. From nail art that aids a commute on the underground to a ring made of ‘magic sponge’ that sets its stone during the process of washing up. Davis focuses on both material and function, asking the wearer to reconsider the value and interaction of contemporary jewellery.
And finally, technology manufacturer EIZO attempts to bring the infinite spectrum of endless colour variation, shifting hues, tones, depths and intensities to the next generation of monitors. Their mission; to capture every colour we see and experience and accurately reproduce them on screen in all their glorious wonder. They had a creative display of coloured bottles that accurately captured logo and brand colours of leading companies.