Tent London is a vibrant part of the London Design Festival that showcases a myriad of contemporary designs. For the eighth year Tent and its sister show Super Brands London will be taking over the Old Truman Brewery from September 18-21. As well as exhibitors, there is a also a seminar programme curated by Design Exchange themed on the future, which will focus on cities, design, architecture and technologies.
Jimmy MacDonald, founder and director of Tent London told us: ‘Tent London focuses on bringing all the diverse and exciting elements that make east London one of the most creative zones in the world together under one roof, creating a show that continues to lead the way. Tent provides a massive opportunity for designers to engage with an audience directly, bringing back the human aspect in an increasingly digital age. It presents real products to real visitors – people are dying to meet offline! This year we have over 280 exhibitors from 29 countries making it the most international show during the London Design Festival and it has now become the definitive barometer for where design is at and where it is going.’
We had a look through the exhibitors and picked out five that are giving London a big fat shout out:
Chisel and Mouse’s miniature architectural sculptures that include Trellick Tower, the Hoover Building, Centre Point and Broadcasting House make you feel like King Kong.
This wallpaper brand founded in 1946 champions British design and manufacture. Illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen has created a psychedelic black and white London wallpaper that you can colour in if you want. KEEP IN THE LINES, damn it.
Flock works with graduate designers to create textiles for interiors. If you want the London look, this print designed by Lucy Rainbow is called Aldgate East.
Surface View turns images into bespoke interiors including wall coverings, blinds, lampshades and ceramic tiles. Create your own design from their extensive collections of images that include works from the V&A, National Gallery and The British Library. This fabulous 1960s image of Piccadilly at night by Elmar Ludwig is from their John Hinde Archive.
Art prints, stationery and homeware inspired by the city. Seifert’s 1 Kemble Street, Lasdun’s Keeling House, Hackney Empire and Battersea Power Station all feature in colourful, shouty images.
By Jude Brosnan
Tent London September 18-21. Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR. Tickets £10.