Highlights from Design Junction 2012

London Design Week

In only its 2nd year, Design Junction has become one of the best events during London Design Week for spotting up and coming independent design. This year the space moved into an abandoned Sorting Office from the 1960's to provide a modern industrial backdrop for over 100 international brands. Here are a few highlights from the event, which runs all weekend.1. Bernhardt Design: As it is also London fashion week, it is fitting that the fashion, art, and design based show "America Made Me" arrived on British soil. The exhibit serves to show Europe that there is sophisticated and relevant work designed and produced in the U.S.A.

2. Thonet: Guests can participate in a hands-on demonstration of how the Thonet's famous no. 214 chair is made and the process for creating the perfectly curved back structure.

3. Artek: The Artek sponsored cafe is furnished with the staples of this Finnish brand collection and shows just how modern design can go hand in hand with function.

4. Falcon Enamelware: The British enamelware makers has made a huge comeback and released several new colors to freshen up their range of dishes. With shipping to the U.S. recently added, the enamelware trend is sure to cross the pond this year.

5. Bocci: The Vancouver based lighting company featured their hand blown glass 28 pendant. Designed to be featured in clusters the 28 pendants filled the vast warehouse space with their unique beauty.

6. Bethan Gray: Welsh-born Gray showed off her line of carefully crafted tables that now include a leather table top. She is a rising star on England's furniture design scene and has been nominated for an Elle Decoration Design Award for 2012.

7. Content by Conran: It was a celebration of all things British at the Content by Conran booth as they debuted their collaboration with British based Moon fabrics for their upholstered furniture range.

8. Klaus Haapaniemi: Filling one of the best spots in the building was the Finnish inspired textiles of Klaus Haapaniemi. The space featured a bar and acted as a lounge in addition to showcase of the company's folklore and nature based designs.

9. Orla Kiely House: The Irish born, British based designer expanded her home ware collection to include some gorgeous pottery in a modern matte white finish.

(Images: Claire Bock)

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