MUST DO: Design Junction 2017

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Immersive installations, floating cocktail bars and tons of international brands, pop-ups and shops


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Adam Nathaniel Furman’s Gateways, an immersive installation. Photo: PR
Last year we had a ball at the inaugural outing in King’s Cross of this hip interior design and culturefest. Heck, they even bagged Hot Chip on DJing duties at the outdoor launch.

This week it returns as part of the annual London Design Festival, with a specially curated programme of international brands, striking installations, pop-up shops and more.

Highlights include artist Adam Nathaniel Furman’s Gateways, an immersive ceramic installation in Granary Square’s central fountain-spurting piazza (see above pic). A series of colourful tiled gates invites visitors to take a journey through the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. And as you can see below, it looks particularly moody in the evening light.

Gateways just before sunset. Photo: Stephen Emms

Also on Granary Square is “a whimsical walk” underneath a canopy of flowers, with a pastel coloured passageway. Covered in foliage inside and out, the tunnel will be closed at one end with a secret hidden door, behind which a flower-filled room will host intimate workshops and talks.

Other recommendations (for thirsty visitors)? Negroni fans will lap up the bittersweet aperitif Campari’s two-week pop-up bar in a customised narrowboat moored up alongside the southern side of the Regent’s Canal; while landlubbers can knock back a heady concoction of white ports and tonics from a vintage Mini Cooper. You’ll spot it by forest-like canopy of bulbs on its roof, parked right on the corner of Waitrose and Granary Square.

Negroni, please. The floating Campari bar. Photo: SE
Meanwhile, above the staircase in Cubitt House, Resident Studio will create an installation in which interconnected brass rings project a diffused warm LED light source outwards around a 360-degree plane.

Mesmerizing? We sure as hell hope so.

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Design Junction runs Thurs 21st – Sun 24th Sept. 1 Granary Square N1C 4AA. Tickets here

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