#djKX Talks Programme

21-22 September
Stanley Building, 1 Pancras Road, King’s Cross, N1C 4AG
Tickets: £6 per talk
For group bookings and discounts please contact info@thedesignjunction.co.uk

For 2017, designjunction presents a new talks programme with lively discussions and debates, engaging topical issues around the shows theme ‘Where Design Meets’. Held at The Office Group, designed by Studio Downie Architects, the two-day event includes sessions from high profile designers and creative brands.

Taking place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September, each session will focus on a different theme including architecture, colour, home, workspace and technology to suit a variety of interests. The 14 talks will welcome over 50 speakers in the format of a panel discussion allowing for exciting debate and conversation. Speakers include Rodney Kinsman of OMK, industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange, Julio Terra at Kickstarter, 2 Lovely Gays, Eric Parry and many more.

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Thursday 21 September

Where Design Meets Architecture

Arthur Mamou-Mani

Architecture Pioneer – designing beyond buildings

A CPD session with RIBA and renowned architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.

Award-winning architect, educator and digital design and fabrication technology expert, Arthur Mamou-Mani will share his knowledge of running an innovative architectural practice in a CPD session developed by RIBA.

Arthur is the founder of Mamou-Mani which provides architectural, industrial design and visual merchandising services as well as workshops and software classes. With clients across the world, Mamou-Mani creates inspiring spaces, products, visuals and websites. Open to architects, students and people with an interest in architecture, the session will delve into the fundamental principles of the practice and provide insights into how architects can use their design skills to diversify their business model.

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Where Design Meets Home

Chair: Claudia Baillie. Speakers: Jordan Cluroe & Russell Whitehead, Daniel Schofield & Jemma Ooi

A discussion on collaboration and the bespoke home

Join this lively panel to discover the secrets of turning a house into a bespoke home. Design and interiors journalist Claudia Baillie will direct the discussion with Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio, designer Daniel Schofield and Jemma Ooi from Custhom.

South East London based interior design practice 2LG work across residential, commercial and product design on top of running an award winning design blog. With a clean approach to his designs, Daniel Schofield pulls from his mixed background across graphics, construction and design to produce simplistically stunning work. Custhom is a research-based design practice working with handmade processes. This mix of minds, opinion and skill are sure to make an exciting panel.

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Where Design Meets Finland

Chair: Suzanne Trocmé. Speakers: Jeremiah Tesolin, Marianne Goebl, Sanna Annukka and Charlotte Fiell

Where Design Meets Finland, presented by Iittala

With Finland marking its centenary as an independent state in 2017, Iittala presents a talk that explores how design has been at the forefront of Finland’s identity in the last 100 years, and looks to the future of design from the Nordic nation. Chaired by Suzanne Trocmé, the panel discussion will explore the enduring appeal of a design tradition that has brought us the Aalto vase, the Moomins and Nokia. She will be joined by Creative Director of Iittala, Jeremiah Tesolin, Managing Director of Artek, Marianne Goebl, Sanna Annukka, Printmaker and Textile Designer for brands including Marimekko; and Charlotte Fiell, design historian and writer.

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Where Design Meets Materials

Chair: Tina Norden. Speakers: Seetal Solanki, Laetitia de Allegri & Ido Garini

A discussion on material processes and approaches to technique, sponsored by NKBA

Tina Norden, Director at Conran and Partners, chairs a panel exploring the diversity of materials and how design practices and research studios are experimenting with both technique and approach to design.

Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er – the research studio, platform and consultancy that explores the past, present and future of materials will share insights into her work both through industry and education. Designer and consultant Laetitia de Allegri has a design approach that considers honest, premium and unconventional materials as well as functionality and longevity of the products. She will share her understanding of materials and making techniques. Ido Garini of Studio Appétit will join to provide his experience of working with food as a material. Studio Appétit is a multidisciplinary experience design studio, specialising in Eating Design and culinary oriented projects. The studio utilises the uncharted territories of the power of food design to create and enhance multisensory experiences.

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Where Design Meets Digital

Chair: Kati Price. Speakers: Rose Etherington, Julio Terra, Kristian Snorre Andersen & Sarah Akwisombe

A discussion on digital platforms supporting the design industry

Digital platforms including Kickstarter and Clippings are changing the way we consume, design and support the creative industries. This panel questions how these sort of platforms will evolve over the next 10 years and what this will mean for the designer.

Kickstarter, the global platform for creative projects, enables creators to make their designs reality through the power of community. Director of Design and Technology at Kickstarter, Julio Terra, will discuss their goals and developments in this fast-moving sector. Rose Etherington will provide her perspective as Editor in Chief of Clippings, the next-generation furniture sourcing service that’s creating digital tools to ease the discovery and procurement of high-end design.. Kristian Snorre Andersen, CEO of recently launched Adorno will share his knowledge of setting up the curated global platform. Finally Sarah Akwisombe, Design Blogger and Content Creator will join the panel to provide an insights into how digital blogging has changed accessibility and understanding of design.

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Where Design Meets Workspace

Chair: Mark Eltringham Speakers: Charlie Green, Tom Lloyd & Jo Berryman

A panel exploring designing for the workspace, presented by TOG

Within a fast-paced evolving sector, this panel discussion explores how furniture and interior designers need to adapt when designing for the workspace. Looking to near future to a decade away – what will be the challenges and how might they be resolved?

Charlie Green, Co-CEO of The Office Group (TOG) will share his experiences of seeing how people have adapted to working. TOG challenges the traditional office market with a design led approach which reflects this change. They have worked with a diverse roster of architects across some 40 buildings in London, including The Stanley Building in which the talks will be held. Interior design company and design consultancy PearsonLloyd who will provide opinions on the industry from their perspectives. The panel will also include award-winning studio, Jo Berryman which is famed for its harmoniously mismatched interiors, witty design and intelligently curated art.

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Where Design Meets Approach

Chair: Deyan Sudjic. Speakers: Rodney Kinsman RDI & Sir Kenneth Grange

A discussion around the lives and work of Rodney Kinsman RDI and Sir Kenneth Grange, chaired by Deyan Sudjic

Join this prestigious panel for an insight into the lives and work of legendary designers Rodney Kinsman RDI and Sir Kenneth Grange. Director of London’s Design Museum Deyan Sudjic will lead the discussion around the British designers approach to their work over the last few decades.

Design Director and Founder of OMK, Rodney Kinsman RDI designed and manufactured much of the furniture sold through Sir Terence Conran’s Habitat stores in the 60s and 70s. A key figure in the High-Tech design movement, Kinsman’s products are regarded as icons of 20th century British design.

Sir Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.

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Friday 22 September

Where Design Meets King’s Cross

Chair: Johnny Tucker. Speakers: Robert Evans, Eric Parry, Sally Mackereth, Lisa Finlay & Jonathan Tuckey

Making a new Creative Quarter for London: an insight into the future of King’s Cross

This panel looks to the surrounding area for a lively and evoking discussion. The development at King’s Cross managed by Argent is one of the most significant recent developments in London. The panel, chaired by Johnny Tucker, Editor at Blueprint magazine, will draw from the expertise of different companies making an impact within the area.

Partner at Argent, Robert Evans has led the King’s Cross development since 2001 and will share his insights into the project’s progression. Eric Parry, founder of the award-winning practice Eric Parry Architects, will join the discussion to offer his knowledge and work on 4 Pancras Square. They will be joined by Lisa Finlay, Group Leader of the Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio who will share plans for the new 100,000 square feet public space and retail destination. Sally Mackereth, Principal at Studio Mackereth, a collective of architects and designers concentrating on luxury retail, commercial and high-end residential projects based in King’s Cross will provide her perspective. Jonathan Tuckey, Director of one of the UK’s leading advocates for remodelling and radically transforming old buildings for modern uses will join the panel.

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Where Design Meets Discipline

Chair: Patrick Burgoyne. Speakers: Gokhan Avcioglu, Mark Eley & Koray Malhan.

A cross-disciplinary debate across architecture, graphics, furniture, fashion and print. Supported by the GAD Foundation

Design is largely categorised through the consideration of form and function, problem solving and final realisation of the idea. Patrick Burgoyne, Editor at Creative Review will lead a discussion on design disciplines and how concept, approach and method change through different perspectives.

Supported by the GAD Foundation, Principal and Founder, Gokhan Avcioglu will discuss his point of view from an architectural practice which also has an investment in supporting and educating people. The Turkish architect has worked on projects including office buildings, public spaces, commercial spaces and residences around the world. Mark Eley, Co-founder of Eley Kishimoto will provide insights into his work across fashion and print design which is known for a unique creative flair that rejects passing trends and fads. As the Chief Design Officer, Koray Malhan currently manages the entire product portfolio of Koleksiyon’s office & contract division. In addition to creating his own designs, he works closely with Koleksiyon’s partners including international designers and design studios to ensure that a consistent approach is sustained in product design and development. Malhan will share his wealth of knowledge across product design with the talk.

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Where Design Meets Education

Chair: Sarah Dawood. Speakers: Prof. Daniel Charny, Matias Shortcook, Pip Jamieson & Sorrel Hershberg

Putting the “A” in STEAM – how we can encourage children to embrace creativity, presented by Design Week

Design Week presents a panel discussion on education and how bringing together creativity and science can provide a fulfilling and rounded learning experience. The panel will talk about their roles, Government focus and the concept of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) subjects vs STEM.

Sorrel Hershberg, Director at The Saturday Club Trust will discuss the independent charity’s work, which is dedicated to the growth and development of creative Saturday clubs for 13-16 year olds within the UK. Prof. Daniel Charny is Director of From Now On and Fixperts, the award-winning education programme that focuses on creative problem solving. Daniel will discuss FixEd, a new organisation connecting educators and supplying content to schools and universities. Pip Jamieson is the Founder of The Dots – a LinkedIn challenger designed around the networking needs of creators. Born out of a passion to make the creative industries more productive, open and diverse, Pip launched the platform in the UK in 2014. Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean of Pre-Degree at Plymouth College of Art runs the university’s art and design foundation course, and works to promote creative education from four-year-olds to postgraduate level. He will discuss his experiences across courses and with students.

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Where Design Meets Care

Laura Lee & Alex de Rijke

A conversation with Maggie’s and dRMM

Maggie’s is a charity which provides practical and emotional support for all those living with cancer through a network of 21 unique cancer caring centres across the UK and abroad. The Centres are designed by superstar architects such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers. For this panel, Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s will be joined by architect Alex de Rijke of dRMM.

dRMM are responsible for the design of the latest Maggie’s centre in Oldham. This centre is the first permanent building constructed from sustainable hardwood cross-laminated timber, following on from dRMM and AHEC’s development of this material. In wood there is hope and warmth, its use at Maggie’s Oldham is part of a bigger design intention to reverse the norms of hospital architecture, where institutionalised environments can leave patients dispirited.

All proceeds from this Talk will be donated to Maggie’s. Maggie’s is a registered charity supporting anyone affected by Cancer. Registered Charity Number: SC024414

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Where Design Meets Politics

Chair: Sarah Dawood. Speakers: Joe McCullagh, Jack Renwick, Pali Palavathanan & Sarah Weir

How can we make the design industry more accessible? Presented by Design Week

Unpaid internships, free pitching and nepotism coupled with a high number of graduates can all make design hard to break into. Design Week presents a panel discussion on social diversity and what can be done to open up job opportunities to people from different backgrounds and from outside of London.

Joe McCullagh is Head of Design at Manchester School of Art and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Joe sees his role as that of a pedagogic designer, having arrived in education circuitously after gaining a first-class degree in painting, drawing and print-making before focusing on graphic design and educational publishing. Jack Renwick is a multi-award winning designer with a strong passion for ideas. She works closely with clients, getting to the heart of their problem and showing how creative thinking can be the way forward. Jack will share her insights from running her creative branding agency, based in Whitechapel. TEMPLO’s Founder and Creative Director Pali Palavathanan has over ten years experience in the design industry. Pali has been working with some of the world’s biggest brands including Virgin Atlantic, Amnesty International, Disaster Emergency Committee and the Guggenheim Museum. Sarah Weir, was appointed Chief Executive at Design Council at the beginning of this year, she will join the panel to share her wealth of knowledge taken from her current role and past roles at Arts Council England, London Olympic Delivery Authority and London Legacy Development Corporation.

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Where Design Meets London presented by NLA

Chair: Catherine Staniland. Speakers: Julian Maynard, Lucy Kennedy, Orhan Ertughrul & Florence Lam

A discussion on non-architectural design presented by NLA

New London Architecture presents Where Design Meets London, exploring how new design concepts and smart ideas are transforming London’s urban environment, chaired by Director Catherine Staniland. As London becomes an increasingly 24-hour cultural city, how can new cutting edge smart technologies, lighting and infrastructure improve our interactions with the city?

Julian Maynard studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art and is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers. He is the founder of the design practice Maynard with studios in London, Melbourne and Auckland. They are currently working with TfL, Crossrail, JLR and City of Melbourne. Since January of this year, Orhan Ertughrul has been the driving force behind the formation of G-Smatt Europe. Working closely with the South Korean founders, G-Smatt Europe is bringing its innovative smart media glass to both the architecture and events industry. This is a product that is set to transform the digital city scape. Florence Lam is an Arup Fellow and leads Arup’s global lighting design practice. Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach play a key role in many of her projects, from museums to airports, bridges to city precincts all over the world. She has been responsible for a range of lighting projects including the London Olympic Games 2012, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and many more. Managing Director at Futurecity, Lucy Kennedy leads the London team of 20 staff in the development and delivery of culture-driven placemaking and regeneration, cultural masterplanning and world-class art commissioning. Lucy has spent over 15 years working in the art and design sector and is proud to head up an organisation with over 80% female staff.

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Where Design Meets Colour

Chair: Caroline Till. Speakers: Kim Boutin and David Broner, Fred Butler & Francesca Sarti

A panel discussion exploring the role of colour in design, curated by FranklinTill Studio, Editor of Viewpoint Colour Magazine

Kim Boutin and David Broner, co-founders of DVTK – the London-based creative studio creating immersive and playful digital experiences that push the boundaries of modern storytelling will join Francesca Sarti, Director of Arabeschi di Latte. Francesca blurs the boundaries between food and design working on interactive installations, exhibitions, pop ups and more. London based creative, Fred Butler will join the discussion. Fred is known for occupying the space between fashion, art and craft, her blog Fred Butler Style has become a spotlight into London’s creative community. A unique approach to colour and shape has lead to prop-styling and set design projects including Vogue Italia and The Sunday Times Style.

To conclude the programme this session will be followed by a colourful drinks reception, sponsored by:

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