Words : Brittany Wilson
Photos : Brittany Wilson
It was a privilege to sit alongside some amazing brands in Victoria House for DesignJunction. The talent was exceptional and truly inspiring to be around.
Our stand neighbour was the talented textile designer Kangan Arora who specialises in creating Indian-inspired prints. Her new collection of cushions and rugs featured eye catching fluorescent pops of colour combined with a playful geometric print. All cushions are screen-printed, embroidered, woven and tufted by hand. We bought two cushions (Radium Forest & Radium Random Forest), for the AJOTO studio and they definitely haven’t gone unnoticed
Throughout DesignJunction we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the duo behind the Montpellier based brand Mr & Mr. The French designers create functional objects for the home with a quirky twist. Each product stands alone in style, highlighting that once an object has been perfected, they take a completely new take on the next. This approach of solving problems instead of following style is quite refreshing, especially with their added fun in their design. Their work features a multi-use mattress created from sandwiched bubble wrap and cardboard, and a wall mounted wooden lamp that can be adapted to its surroundings, creating a newly lit space with one movement.
Another favourite of ours from the event was eyewear brand Banton Frameworks. Jamie and Lucy from Glasgow create ‘build your own frames’, hand-making everything in their small studio in Scotland. This in fact makes them one of the few manufacturers of eyewear in Britain today. Their workshop style stand perfectly resembled this, showcasing them carefully building glasses together in front of the visitors. Their glasses come in a variety of styles and materials allowing you to choose each segment from the frame to the temple, ensuring you can have your perfect pair. The couple also kept us going through the long eventful days by providing us with coffee from their stand machine. Great guys!
Other highlights from Victoria House included the Eames Elephants, Not Another Bill, H Furniture, and the gorgeous cocktails from the London based collective The Drink Factory.