Following the DesignJunction graphical arrows out of Victoria House lead us to the amazing old college of Central St Martins, which showcased the interior design brands of the event. Within seconds of entering we were introduced to an installation of gold leaves hanging by a delicate thread, creating a beautiful cloud above.
Several individual spaces stemmed out from each and every corridor of the historic building, from the ground floor to the forth. We thoroughly enjoyed the artistic vision of Swedish designer Niclas Hoflin, the man behind RUBN Lighting. His beautiful lighting came in all shapes and sizes from contemporary desk lamps to tall sculptural pieces. Mixing silhouettes and materials such as beautifully polished brass in clean lines and wire threads moulded into messy bundles, he created a modern take on lighting, whilst keeping a traditional Scandinavian approach. When chatting to Niclas he confirmed that the whole room was in fact all his work. This was quite a space to fill, so he was already showcasing that DesignJunction’s Lightjunction was not something to be missed. Throughout the show there was a great curation of lighting from several brands including LUUM, Brokis, and Joel Hoff.
Walking upstairs lead us to the new French furniture company La Chance Paris. Collaborating with a designer for each piece they create, La Chance Paris showcase individual work from a selection of cosmopolitan designers, that all embody a sophisticated design style.
We particularly liked ‘Salute’, an occasional table created by German designer Sebastian Herkner. Disc trays in a range of metals simply slotted onto a solid marble cylinder to create a simple yet stunning table. The rich tones of dark green marble against the warm copper was our personal favourite colour combination. Other favourites from La Chance Paris included The ‘Mewoma’ table by Jonah Takagi, and the small desk pots by Beaverhausen, a Belgian design studio.
Set in one of the old Central Saint Martins classrooms was Dyke & Deans workshop style room. They focused solely on the product, showcasing the unique shapes of bulbs, shades, and range of coloured cables, which can all be mix-and-matched by the customer. Their stand was awarded Best Trade Stand at DesignJunction, and it’s clear to see why.
There was definitely too much amazing work in the Old College of Central Saint Martins to see in our hours visit, but we left inspired, and have no doubt that all visitors would agree.