Designjunction’s talks programme set to challenge, provoke and engage

This year designjunction, of whom Design Insider are a media partner, will launch a brand new talks programme at the Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross, in association with the UK’s leading online destination for sourcing furniture and lighting from premium design brands, Clippings.

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Set against the millennial-pink backdrop of the cinema and curated by design and architecture writer and commentator Grant Gibson, the two-day platform (Thursday 19 – Friday 20 September) is set to challenge, provoke and engage with an eclectic range of topical issues. For the full program of talks please visit the design Junction website, here are the talks we are most looking forward to!

Talks ProgrammeThursday 19 September, 11.00 – 11.45: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor – Ella Doran and the Circular Economy

Speaker: Ella Doran

The award-winning designer Ella Doran discusses her latest project with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park , Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor, where she took fleeces from the sheep grazing in the park’s grounds and turned them into a variety of products that were then sold in the park’s shop. The project involved a host of manufacturing companies including Camira , Coakley & Cox and Alternative Flooring . The talk promises to touch on subjects such as sustainability and the importance of the circular economy.


1564760781174Thursday 19 September, 14.00 – 14.45: Dyslexia and Design

A high powered panel including designer Ab Rogers of ARD, product designer James Rokos, metal artist Simone ten Hompel and Cambridge University Educational researcher Helen Taylor who are set to discuss their dyslexia, looking at the impact it has had on their lives, their experience of the education system, and, ultimately, how it has enabled – rather than hindered – their careers.


1565263830391Friday 20 September, 10.00 – 10.45: Britain Can (Still) Make It

Speakers: Emily Johnson, Founder of high end ceramics company 1882; Joni Steiner, Founder of hi-tech furniture firm Open Desk; Furniture and Product Designer, Matthew Hilton and Richard Blackwell, Executive Director at Bisley

A panel discussion that looks at the future of British manufacturing, seeking to unpick the problems and the benefits of making things in this country and asking what role design can play, as well as pondering how technology is likely to disrupt the traditional model. Expect Brexit to be mentioned on at least one occasion.


Talks ProgrammeFriday 20 September, 12.00 – 12.45: The Future – Design in Turbulent Times

Speakers: Central Saint Martins Graduates including Mael Henaff, Elissa Brunato, Benjamin Benmoyal and Graysha Audren

A session of rapid fire presentations from recent graduates of Central Saint Martins, tying in with its show at the nearby Lethaby Gallery. What will the future of design look like? And what materials will we be using? Can design help society become both more sustainable and equitable? This talk will be introduced by Carole Collet, Director at CSM LVMH Sustainable Innovation, and hosted by William Knight, former Deputy Director of the London Design Festival.

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Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 September 2019
King’s Cross Design District, London NC1
For tickets visit:
Public ticket price: £15
Platinum ticket price: £30
Trade registration: Free in advance (online booking)
£15 from 1 September
Press registration: Free entry now open
Press preview: Thursday 19 September 9:00 – 11:00
Register here:

Opening times:
Thursday 19 September 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 20 September 11:00 – 19:00
Saturday 21 September 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday 22 September 11:00 – 17:00

Designjunction Talks Programme
Thursday 19 – Friday 20 September 2019
Everyman King’s Cross | 14-18 Handyside Street | King’s Cross | London | N1C 4DN
Please ensure to arrive 15 minutes before the talk time. For further information about the designjunction talks programme and to book tickets at £10 per talk visit:

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