Designjunction is among the most popular off-site events of both London’s annual design week and Milan’s, where it returns for a second year. Presented under the moniker Edit, the six-day event, running April 9 to 16, will occupy La Pelota exhibition hall, which means you can expect the display to be large, sprawling and rich with innovations.
Dozens of familiar furniture brands, including Muuto, Kvadrat and Modus, will showcase new collections along with a stream of talented independent designers, some well known and some not. Here are a few of our favourite below-the-radar talents launching new products at the event.
1 Textile designer Oyuna Tserendorj
Based in London, Tserendorj has stayed close to her native Mongolia by working with cashmere from the northeast Asian country, produced in earthy tones of warm greys, charcoals and beiges. At Edit, Oyuna will launch Travel Collection, a range of cashmere throws. The display, in which her fabrics are suspended from strings, is an abstract interpretation of the Mongolian ger tent house. The designer’s work will also be on view at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi.
2 Furniture and accessories designer Per Stöderberg
In everything he makes, this Swede uses environmentally sensitive materials. His timeless and elegant furnishings include chairs, tables and three-legged stools, all of which are easy to assemble and rendered in locally sourced materials. His new accessories line features a candelabra and a series of solid brass dishware.
3 Vase designer Pia Wüstenberg
We’ve been fans of Wüstenberg’s mixed-media vessels ever since spotting them at London Design Week a few years ago. The designer-maker, who runs Utopia & Utility with her brother Morita, continues to find inspiring forms and material combinations to expand her line of colourful, handcrafted containers that can either be stacked into one unit or disassembled into a cluster of delicate objects and bowls.
4 Design team Studio Lievito
This three-designer team, founded in 2010 and based in Florence, is devoted to finding ways to enhance simple everyday gestures – like chopping vegetables – into rituals worthy of contemplation. Their slow design methodology isn’t just a return to exquisite craftsmanship. The studio explores how to integrate human skills with modern industrial production. At Edit, they will present an “à la carte” collection, which includes Type, a marble block designed for measuring spaghetti.
Edit runs April 9 to 14 at La Pelota, via Palermo 10.