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Our designjunction Story
From leading brands and striking installations to food, food and more food, we take you through our highlights and recommendations from our designjunction experience.
Wrong for Hay at The College
With an impressive stand just by the main entrance at The College, it was impossible to miss Wrong for Hay’s eclectic new range of lighting products at designjunction, from the functional Rope Trick Floor Lamp to the Sinker Pendant Light.
Wrong for Hay Rope Trick Floor Lamp and Wrong for Hay Sinker Pendant Light.
The effortlessly simple Turn On Table Lamp from Joel Hoff has just made its way onto the Nest.co.uk website and with its low price-point and convenient size, it makes the perfect gender-neutral gift for Christmas.
A simple twist mechanism – the Wrong for Hay Turn On Table Lamp.
During our stay in London, we also took a trip to the Hay and Wrong for Hay showroom at St. James’s Park to experience their wonderful collections in a homely and vibrant setting.
Late night viewing at the Hay and Wrong for Hay showroom at St. James’s Park
Lighting Installations at The College
The impressive stairway at The College wouldn’t have been complete without a lighting installation on a grand scale. The Flame Lights by LUUM were suspended in succession all the way down the length of the stairway, providing the perfect Instagram opportunity for passers-by.
The Flame Light installation by LUUM at The College, designjunction
In one of the entrance ways at The College, a lighting installation from Blackbody made immediate impact as soon as visitors stepped through the door.
Talks to Inspire
"Design from reason. Experiences with meaning."
The main focus of Benjamin Hubert’s talk was on the evolution of his joint industrial design agency Layer, which will soon be launching a wearable carbon footprint detector named Worldbeing. We’re all for positive change and this talk left us feeling like we can all make a difference in our own small ways.
On Sunday 27 September 2015, we switched from the audience to the main stage where Christian Hawley and 2 Lovely Gays took to the front to talk about Gen Y/the ‘unicorn’ generation and how we design for ‘the generation that has it all’.
Left to right – ‘Interiors for Unicorns’ talk with the MD of Nest.co.uk Christian Hawley and Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2 Lovely Gays. Product designer Benjamin Hubert speaking at The College, designjunction.
Exploring Victoria House
As well as spending our time at the Nest.co.uk stands and exploring The College, there was plenty else to see and experience around the retail hub at Victoria House. Independent and established brands such as Native Union, BODIE and FOU* and Another Studio made up the vast selection of stands around the basement area where the retail hub was held.
Incredible illustrations from Vic Lee in Victoria House.
Food for Thought
With plenty of early starts and late evenings, we were in need of some good food to fuel our bellies and that’s certainly what we received!
The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch became our new home away from home, where we enjoyed delicious burgers, cooked breakfasts and refreshing cocktails. With exceptional food, friendly staff and a cosy, relaxed environment, we’d certainly recommend it as a place to spend the evening if you’re around the Shoreditch area.
For breakfast, we regularly treated ourselves to a hearty fry-up at the Hoxton Pastry Union in Shoreditch. Although we didn’t actually try one of their famous pies, we’ve heard that they’re to die for!
Left to right – The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch & The Hoxton Pastry Union in Shoreditch.
A Good Night’s Kip
If you’re looking for a hotel with a chilled-out and quirky vibe, then the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is the perfect place to enjoy good food, good décor and good music. The design-led hotel is home to the Miranda nightclub and also hosts an impressive restaurant and bar with plenty of choice on the menu. Warning: If you’re only feeling a little bit peckish, then maybe save the blueberry pancakes for another day!
The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. © The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.
Mammoth-sized portions at the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.
We ended our trip with one night’s stay at The Hoxton Hotel in Holborn, which boasts a cosy open-plan restaurant and bar area called the Hubbard and Bell. The beds are also ridiculously comfortable!
The Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. © The Hoxton Hotel Holborn.
And Last But Not Least… You
From catching up with our brands to meeting new customers, designers and influencers, the show wouldn’t have been complete without having such a fantastic response from our visitors. Thank you for visiting us at Victoria House and making the experience so enjoyable. See you next time!
Happy shoppers at the Nest.co.uk pop-up shop. © Megan Taylor.
Left: 2 lovely visitors at the Nest.co.uk pop-up shop, Right: Ed and Valentina from Anglepoise paid us a visit!
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