Big love for Tent London
They’ve got it all going on at Tent London. If you go to just one design event during the London Design Festival, then Tent has to be high up that list. Based in the Old Truman Brewery, along with sister show Superbrands, Tent showcases some of the most exciting and freshest design and interior products. We made two visits to Tent London, once on the first morning just to breathe in the creative buzz and get a quick peek at what was on offer, then again the following day for a mammoth 6 hour session and here is just some of what we discovered:
Fay McCaul knits with fibre optics (yes knits!) and other modern materials creating interior accessories, room dividers and installations that are limited only by your imagination. Her work is beautiful and I particularly loved the fibre optic light and could see a super-sized piece in a hotel, bar or restaurant. Fay’s work is extremely detailed and intricate and everything is bespoke and made by hand, including the insertion of the tiny perspex shapes that go into the knitted Italian yarn. Fay was lovely to chat with, extremely passionate about her work, and I think a little star in the making! Go visit her website here.
I’m already a big fan of Curiousa & Curiousa, so it was lovely to chat with Esther and hear more about her range of hand-blown bespoke lighting designs with twisted fabric flexes. The new designs- Orb Pendant, The Twist and Dine Light were launched at Tent London.
Sock alert! Can you believe these pendant lights by designer/maker Jay Watson are actually his own socks dipped in resin! (freshly laundered he assured me!). The eco resin used to treat the socks is derived from sunflowers, with recycled sockets and new ultra energy saving LED bulbs. And this credenza is made with out-of-date Corian samples over sustainably sourced birch. As you can see, Jay is very much into working with unusual and sustainable materials and recycling. I loved the newspaper light with its large dome shape and frilly paper edge, a real eye catcher. If you visited Jay’s stand he would show you how to make your own version via paper mache and recycled newspaper.
Mid century furniture is recycled with new hand printed surfaces along with cushions made from previously worn wedding dresses that are unpicked and hand dyed. The patterns and designs are inspired by Zoe Murphy’s seaside home town of Margate. Liberty of London are stockist of Zoe’s bespoke pieces and she will also take a piece of your own existing furniture and give it revamp with one of her designs.
The Muscar light is designed by Royal College of Arts student Lina Patsiou for Thomas & Vines, who are master flockers and can flock pretty much anything in any colour. Lina was given a brief to approach a London based manufacturer and design a new product and with her interest in flock fibre as a material decided to take the energy bulb one step further. I’d been in touch with Thomas & Vines recently for a flocking project I have waiting in the wings and seeing the Muscar light has inspired me even more.
The Furniture Magpies are recycling and regnerating experts designing and making furniture and accessories with previously used items including this wall light made from old chair legs and copper piping.
A retro style by Studio Jon Male who sources light components from Ebay and reworks them into a range of table and pendant lights. Each individual light is a combination of several different retro lights, mostly 50’s, 60’s and 70’s finds, and pieced together to make a brand new design.
Contemporary colours and geometric patterns for these chairs designed by W&Q who use traditional weaving technologies to create modern designs with bamboo.
What a great product – you choose your seat, leg, and back colours in whatever combination you like and assemble the chair (or table) with Anthony’s unique cable ties. Change the components around for a different look or flat-pack it and store away. Lots of other exciting furniture designs on Anythony’s website. Go visit here.
Pitfield London set up a pop-up restaurant for Tent London…delicious chicken and sweetcorn quiche and salad for me! Fun to watch the Global Colour Research ‘Bleep’ installation by artist Rafel Oliva and sponsored by Homebase. We loved TENT London, it was definitely a highlight for us during our 5 days at the London Design Festival. See you in 2013!