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LDF19- Route three: DesignJunction

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Where to start... designjunction

Visit time: 2- 4 hours

Dates: 19th- 22nd September

Opening Times: Varies day to day but opens at 11 am. (Friday late-night till 8 pm)

Nearest Station: King's Cross and St.Pancreas

Address: King's Cross, London, N1C

Design District: King's Cross Design District

With over 200 design brands showing at designjunction, alongside an array of pop-up shops, it's a great place to find new exciting brands and forward-thinking established ones. Covering every area of interiors from furniture, lighting and accessories to the inclusion of jewellery and stationery, it's an event with a mixed bag of intriguingly creative products to enjoy.

The scenery also couldn't be better, with the newly established King's Cross Design District and Coal Drops Yard on its doorstep. As with most shows, there is also a comprehensive range of talks and discussions, this year held at the King's Cross Everyman Cinema, which provides an eye-popping millennial pink back-drop to proceedings.

Elle Decoration and Matteo Bianchi have also joined forces to create the café, it's bringing with it a sense of Moroccan chic to King's Cross, an ideal comfy space to rest your feet and enjoy the LILLA Rugs.

Not to be missed: 'Talk to me', is a powerful installation by Steuart Padwick in collaboration with mental health campaign Time to Change.

Steuart Padwick's Talk to Me installation.
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Steuart Padwick's Talk to Me installation.

Where next... Coal Drops Yard

Visit time: 1- 2 hours

Opening Times: 10 am- 6 pm

Nearest Station: King's Cross and St.Pancreas

Time from DesignJunction: 1-minute walk

Design District: King's Cross

That's right, just one minute away and you are in the heart of LDF's newest Design District. Coal Drops Yard is home to product showrooms, creative workshops and concept stores, you won't be stuck for things to do and see.

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Let's start with do- STORE Store is hosting After Work Club workshops throughout the week, where you get hands-on experience at being a maker. Wolf and Badger are also hosting a series of creative talks and workshops within their concept store to set off a creative spark.

Then it comes to see, and there's a lot to cast your eye over. Martino Gamper has taken inspiration from the cladding of houses found in the Italian Alps and combined it with the ultimate party, resulting in a temporary cladding at King's Cross called 'Disco Carbonara'. And why not view the handy work from a different vantage point with Samsung, their vantage point also the house's an exposition of Martino's work to date.

Render of Martino Gamper's Disco Carbonara at Coal Drops Yard.
Render of Martino Gamper's Disco Carbonara at Coal Drops Yard.

Not to miss: Never one to be left out Tom Dixon is launching an installation which puts all the senses used in the design process to the test with TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty.

Tom Dixon's exploratory exhibition: TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty.
Tom Dixon's exploratory exhibition: TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty.

Last stop... Clerkenwell Design District

Visit time: 1- 2 hours

Nearest Station: Farringdon/ Barbican

Time from Coal Drops Yard: 15 minutes on tube (Metropolitan, District, Circle Line) 35-minute walk

Brimming with design showrooms, particularly suited to commercial and hospitality projects, Clerkenwell Design District is a design hub throughout the year. However, one key thing to see is Viaduct. Their 'Waste not, want not' exhibition has pulled together five pioneers of sustainability, who understand that being good doesn't mean sacrificing looking good. We are particularly proud that several eporta suppliers are exhibiting here; Nikari and Mater.

Nikari's XL Chairs in a relaxed Scandinavian interior.
Mater Design chairs and tables, luxurious and ecological.
Nikari's XL Chairs in a relaxed Scandinavian interior.
Mater Design chairs and tables, luxurious and ecological.

This part of town has lot's to say for itself and is an excellent place to network with suppliers and clients alike, so why not relax for the evening and digest all you've seen you can head East next.

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