Want to see the latest and greatest in cutting edge contemporary design? Designjunction is where it’s at. With over 200 international brands under their built, this innovative trade show has returned to the UK for the London Design Festival 2015. Set within an industrial setting at the former Central Saint Martins College, Designjunction showed off fantastic furniture, lighting, and accessories that will shape home furnishing trends for years to come, such as Alex Asseily and Goodwin Hartshorn's brilliant 'DiscoDisco' sound responsive light sculpture. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sustainable finds, so keep reading to see them all.
British designer Louise Tucker showcased her new line of Pren Handwoven Lighting collection, which are made from woven sustainably sourced specialist wood. Inspired by traditional weaving techniques and organic forms, each lamp is unique and represents the time and care of the maker.
London-based Stephen Johnson unveiled Play, colorful seats created from the fun and freedom we had as kids. Designed for furniture brand Decode, the no-glue-no-screw and no-joints seat was quickly crafted from three wooden legs and a mix of synthetic dough.
Vezzini and Chen‘s striking Geo Light takes inspiration from forms and textures find in nature. While Cristina Vezzini individually hand carves the bone china core, Stan Chen hand blows the glass bubbly shell with stunning results.
Japanese designer Shinya Kobayashi from C-syoku crafts beautiful home ware using local humble materials. We loved the delicate containers, which come in a diversity of patterns and are made from a bamboo structure with a washi paper and lacquer skin.
Danish brand We Do Wood where also on the show exhibiting a new range of stunning furniture pieces like their ‘Octagon’ table/seat. Made from FSC bamboo from China and manufactured in Denmark, the line uses no-glue-no-screw and it’s completely flat pack.
Wrkbnch had on display a line of cool urban furniture including BOX*C, a stylish cabinet office that takes little space in the home. Crafted from Oak and Plywood, the desk is full of wonderful details to be discovered, which makes the piece unique and very functional.
Also on Wrkbnch’s space we spotted Polish studio Malafor’s cute half-burnt stool. Dubbed ‘Natural Full Trunk’ and made from solid Oak, the cylindrical piece brings a piece of forest to the home.
London-based Places and Spaces is a shop, agent, design library and gallery all in one. Among established and new designer’s products they sell Droogs‘ ‘Slow Glow’, a light filled with fat that gives off a subtle warm light as the substance gradually melts.
Another luminaries that caught our eye are Eoq’s zero-waste ‘Dub Pendant’ lamp by Matt Pepper. Made from anodized aluminum and a hand-blown glass shade, any excess from the manufacturing process gets recycled.
The original Isokon Penguin Donkey was designed in 1939 to accommodate Penguin paperback books among other small items. But recently, designer Azumi redesigned it using FSC birch and called it ‘Donket 3’.
Architect Jo Armitage‘s minimal hanging lamps are made from FSC Oak and a low-energy LED light bulb. For every 100 bulbs the lighting company sells, they plant 10 trees helping offsetting the carbon footprint.
The Knit by Curver collection includes poufs, tables, baskets and planters made from an innovative deep texture injection from recyclable polypropylene. Made in collaboration with designer Franklin Till, the durable items offer a contemporary interpretation of knitting in a beautiful subtle palette.
South African studio Mema Design exhibited their floating ‘Fan Lights’ made from lightweight anodized aluminum mesh. Their transparent quality allows the light to beautifully bounce creating a dreamy effect from standard material.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat