Designjunction in Kings Cross 2016

Posted on September 25, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Designjunction in Kings Cross's Granary Square

 

This year, Designjunction moved from Holborn to Kings Cross, and it was indeed a good move. Instead of cramming hundreds of stands and outlets into huge abandoned buildings, this year's show was split into four areas around the Granary Square. It was easier to navigate and more fun than the previous years.

 

dyslexic design  blackbody

transport for London collection

Vic Lee

Top left: Dyslexic design exhibition; Top right: Blackbody lighting; 2nd row: Transport for London's new Metroland collection; Bottom: Illustrator Vic Lee working on a mural

 

At the Granary Square, the Dyslexic design exhibition showcased a range of works created by dyslexic designers from different disciplines like fashion, product, illustration, fine art and architecture. Curated by one of the UK’s leading designers Jim Rokos, the exhibition challenged our perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating the positive effects of living with dyslexia and its close association with design.

 

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Johnston Twitter Machine by Florian Dussopt

 

I met and spoke to London-based French designer Florian Dussopt, the designer of a bespoke Twitter machine shaped like the TFL roundel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Johnston typeface commissioned by Transport for London and KK Outlet gallery. During the 5 days, the Twitter Machine used the Johnston typeface to print all tweets linked to the hashtag #inspiredby on twitter.

 

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Top: Cubitt House featured a 70 metre long by 7.5 metre GRID installation designed by Satellite Architects; Bottom: Cranes are ubiquitous in Kings Cross

 

img_8110-min  Greenhouse by Atelier 2+ for Designhouse Stockholm

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img_8127-min  isokan plus  channels design

Top right: Greenhouse by Atelier 2+ for Designhouse Stockholm; 2nd left & middle: Uruguay's Samago and its designer; 2nd right: 3Doodler Create; 3rd row: 'Who's Casper' project created by Modus to raise funds for the refugee crisis; Bottom left: Foldability; Bottom middle: Isokan Plus; Bottom right: Channels Design

 

For me, the most impressive and intriguing part of the show was Brain waves, an exhibition showcasing the work of Central Saint Martins’ leading design graduates from across a wide range of disciplines.

Biying Shi's 'Made in China' project interviews the craftsmen/makers behind the products, and examines our prejudices towards Chinese made goods; while Hanan Alkouh's 'Sea-Meat seaweed' looks at the industry behind pig meat, dissects it and replicates it with the Dulse seaweed.

I particularly liked Italian jewellery designer Giada Giachino's 'Per Inciso' – a upcycled jewellery collection made of shell-­lip waste. How sustainable and fun!

 

Made in China by biying shi  Made in China by biying shi

Library by Sarah Christie

Hanan Alkouh  photosympathise by Freya Morgan

per inciso by Giada Giachino  Digital Daiku by Mark Laban

Top: Made in China by Biying Shi; 2nd row: Library by Sarah Christie; 3rd left: Hanan Alkouh's Seameat seaweed; 3rd right: Photosympathise by Freya Morgan; bottom left: Per Inciso by Giada Giachino; bottom right: Digital Daiku by Mark Laban

 

 


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