Designjunction wins Best Trade Show accolade

Designjunction has been named Best UK Trade Show (2,000 – 8,000sqm) at this year’s AEO Excellence Awards. Hosted by the Association of Event Organisers, the awards celebrate the best industry and business events held over the past 12 months.
Designjunction, which took place at King’s Cross last year and attracted more than 28,000 international visitors, won the gong for its “outstanding and unrivalled contribution to the exhibition industry.” The event was lauded for its cutting-edge contemporary design, the judging panel saying “Designjunction combines an innovative use of space with experiential activations and tailored channels of engagement for visitors which have all contributed to a unique experience.”

“This is a fantastic achievement for the show which couldn’t have happened without the support, energy and commitment from the team, our partners and exhibitors,” says founder Deborah Spencer. “We remain fully committed to breaking the mould of traditional trade shows to showcase world-class design within exciting and ambitious locations, creating a truly unique experience for visitors to the show.”
This year, Designjunction will take over the creative and cultural South Bank for the annual London Design Festival ( September 15-23) and will feature more than 200 global brands across multiple locations.
The event will occupy three key venues including the Doon Street site (furniture, lighting and retail), Riverside Walkway (outdoor installations) and Oxo Tower Wharf (exhibitions and experiential events).

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Toyota shows off G Super Sport Concept at Le Mans 24

Toyota has shown off the G Super Sport Concept next-generation Toyota super sports car at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The concept model, which was on public view in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Fan Village, is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and features a 1,000hp hybrid electric powertrain, shared with Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car.

The new super sports car, employs cutting-edge hybrid electric systems and fuel efficiency technologies, tested and refined during six years of competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Gazoo Racing President, says the maker started the project because it wanted to create a super sports car that delivers the same appeal as the TS050 Hybrid. “At some point in the near future, customers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of this incredible machine and experience its astonishing power and driving performance,” he says.

“As the automotive industry is approaching an era of big changes, we will continue our passion for making cars that are truly exciting. No matter how electronics and digital technology will continue to transform vehicles, we will make sure that our cars will not become just another commodity,” he continued.

Toyota Gazoo Racing won the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours, their cars taking first and second place on Sunday June m17. It was a historic first victory for Toyota in its twentieth entry in the world-famous race.

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FEST Camden transforms Camden Stables Market

Camden has an exciting new visitor attraction. The 200 year old horse hospital at Camden Stables Market has been transformed into a vibrant entertainment hub, dubbed FEST Camden. The newly designed space incorporates a nightclub and live music hall, rooftop garden with outdoor bar and pizza oven, themed party stables, a cabaret club and a pizza restaurant. The decor is unapologetically chic, the execution ambitious.

The Grade II listed facility now features a main room decked out with hanging surfboards and neon palm trees, skylights and a high end D&B audiotechnik sound system.  

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Available for event hire, the FEST Party Stables comprises a series of curated spaces, each with its own theme. These include Political Party, which has black and white portraits on the wall, green leather seating, wood panelling and a commons style bar, Garden Party with astro turf, poufs, climbing plants, hanging wisteria and quaint garden seating, and Cocktail Party which boasts 70s chic with a classic corner bar, bold wallpaper and retro furniture.  
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Meanwhile, the Birdcage Cabaret takes inspiration from ‘La Cage aux Folles.’ It’ll provide a home for musical theatre, drag, burlesque and comedy  acts.

Completing the complex is Pizza FEST is a separate pizza restaurant housed in FEST Camden’s south wing.

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Fabric launches bottomless drum and bass brunch

London’s Fabric nightclub is introducing the DNB Brunch, a bottomless drum and bass themed brunch with limitless fried chicken and rum cocktails, plus DJs such as Hype, Optical, Fabio, Grooverider, Randall and Doc Scott. Guests will be seated at long banqueting tables where mountains of BIRD Restaurant’s free-range fried chicken will be served to a classic drum and bass soundtrack. Not only are the crisp-skinned wings ‘bottomless’, there’s endless rum punch and brandy & cokes.

A comedian will host each brunch and curate the special entertainment including drum and bass ‘rave-offs’, MC Karaoke, themed prize draws and a hot-wing eating contest. A fully choreographed stage and light show will follow amongst other surprises on the day. Following the launch event, monthly dates have been announced on 28th July with Fabio, Grooverider and Randall and on 25th August with Commix, Doc Scott, Bailey and LSB. The dress code is ‘illegal rave.’

It opens Saturday June 30.

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