Amma is a New York based studio producing furniture sculptures from unlikely materials. It's the collaboration of interior designer Samuel Amoia and sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo who came together to express the symbolic side to furniture through a unique casting process combining natural materials such as rock salt and coffee with cements and plasters. The sculptures are cast as either drums, where the mix in texture and colour is beautifully unobstructed by a complicated form, or set as tables.


A ceramicist who uses her Tunisian heritage and her knowledge of contemporary British design to create beautiful copper infused ceramics. The beautifully shaped pots are made from Tunisian clay, which has a subtle pink tone that sets off the copper. Interestingly not only is the inspiration and materials from Tunisia but it also uses an ethical work force based in rural villages of Tunisia. This promotes the richness of not just the materials of Tunisia but also the craftsmanship.

Certain exhibitors at Design Junction this year enticed visitors with their exciting and unusual methods of display. We have selected a handful of the most memorable and inventive displays.


Soderlund Davidson's hand-made ceramic components were displayed by installation on a 10-metre moving conveyor belt. The conveyor belt began with a hole in the wall evoking an oven, which expands on the story of 'the makers'. The idea is to select your favourite pieces from the belt and create your own individual candle/ cake stand. The glazed stoneware pieces are based on vintage one off cast glass pieces that captivated the designers.


Dyke and Dean's lighting display was innovative yet nostalgic because of its alikeness to a pick n' mix stand. The mix of eclectic light designs, bulbs and bits were sure to coax visitors in, even without the fun-factor display. Dyke and Dean were showcasing their new lighting ranges made in the UK and Denmark. They encourage British manufacturing and small creative based industry.


Bert & May used an interactive studio space as one of their exhibits, enabling a demonstration of how their tiles are still made in the traditional method. They have reconditioned an original machine used to make encaustic tiles over 100 years ago. The designs aim to recreate original patterns from antique tiles across Europe. It is possible to buy the original salvaged tiles but also to create bespoke or individual designs. As seen in the making process, a mould is used to create the tiles, in which different liquid pigment cements are poured into different compartments. This is so the colours run through the whole tile, instead of just being printed as surface designs.


Kirstjana S Williams studio established a vibrant corner of stunningly beautiful illustrative textiles. The opposing patterns and colours worked well together alluring passers by with their energy. Kristjana's illustrative work often features magical lands and exotic creatures, sometimes using fragments of Victorian engravings but mixing it with contemporary illustrative styles. The onslaught of pattern in a living set up gave the exhibit a real sense of life.

Design Junction played host to many new designers and ideas but it also celebrated the legacy of designers who already shape our world. 'A child's dream' expressed the intimate imagination of designers such as Terence Conran and Tom Dixon who each put their own twist on iconic Anglepoise products. The display consisted of an array of white balloons with the new designs balancing playfully amidst the miraculous set, evocative of a thousand childhood dreams.