designjunction: Granary Square
Posted on 29 September 2016
On the 22nd September, designjunction opened its doors to the masses at its brand new home in Kings Cross. Showcasing the very best in design, from the big name brands to the emerging designers, this is the exhibition that has something for everything. Divided into four sections; Granary Square, Cubitt House, The Canopy and The Crossing, I will spend each day focusing on one particular area of the site. On my first day, I decided to visit Granary Square.
Centrally located, Granary square is quite often the first area that visitors will experience when visiting designjunction. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by playful bright red monopoly houses (and a couple of green ones for the headline partner, Houzz!) Contained within these spaces are brands and products that relate to designjunction's central theme "Immersed in design"
Each Monopoly house contained a brand showcasing their own incredible designs or services. It was the Dyslexic Design house that was my personal favourite (images above). Showcasing ten dyslexic designers work, the aim of the exhibition is to challenge the perceptions of dyslexia. Seeing people's responses to this fantastic designs was just as thrilling as viewing them myself. There was such an excitement and passion about this stand, somthing that was present in every design on display. Other brands showcasing were Dornbracht, displaying their water inspired installation, Houzz who had set up an inspiration station and clinic for visitors, EIZO with their creative colour lab and three part film series and finally Four23 with their playful and interactive installation "A chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan"
Something that I love about designjunction is their ability to embrace and showcase new emerging designers. Whilst the Central St. Martins student display is not officially counted as Granary Square, I could not write up my first day's experiences without mentioning some of the incredible new talent on display in this space, including "Depth of Light" by Orla Lawn (featured in the top image above) and "Colour Ceramic City" by Maria Gasparian (featured in the lower images above)