Tent London is a brilliant new design event held this year in the Truman Brewery at the heart of the creative hub of East London. This was the event’s second show and was a really inspiring visit. From vintage furniture and design classics to the most cutting edge young designers the show offered something for everyone from architects and interior designers to collectors and savvy shoppers.
I could have spent all day wandering around, taking in all the amazing exhibits and stands and so I’ve had trouble narrowing down what I wanted to write about from the show. BUT, I have picked out a few of my favourites and will probably feature more of the designers and products over the next few weeks.
Clare Willard Designs
Clare Willard has developed a unique design concept using plywood and high pressure laminate. The technique can be used to create a surface material from architectural projects such as a bar or hotel reception desk to small scale detailed decoration such as detailing on a cabinet or as a piece of art in itself. Using bright colours and organic or geometric shapes, the designs are visually stunning and have featured in several high profile magazines launching Clare as an upcoming talent on the UK design scene.
nobody&co + Timerous Beasties
This shelving system from Italian design outfit nobody&co caught my eye. The system comprises interchangeable pegs that allow you to change the colour combination to store books and other objects turning them into a style statement in themselves.
nobody&co have already been acclaimed for their Bibliochaise, a chair that allows you to store all your books handily in your reading chair so that you never have to reach that high shelf.
The piece that really caught my eye from this company was their scroll table. The table features a glass top beneath which are eye catching fabrics by Timorous Beasties. As you turn the handle, you can move the fabric motifs beneath the glass making this an ever changing piece of creative design.
Eva Menz designs the most incredible and imaginative chandeliers so I was really excited to see her work first hand at Tent. They resemble magical natural forms such as icicles or flocks of birds and are just beautiful to look at. Eva designed a chandelier for New York fashion week in 2005 that was made of ice that melted slowly onto the fashionistas below to reveal a crystal chandelier…