Yesterday I went to Tent London with Michele, a friend who accompanies me on my trips to the London Design Shows. This was the first time we went to Tent London and I really enjoyed it. It is held in Shoreditch, a vibrant and up and coming area of East London, which is in the process of being “gentrified” but stills remains down-at-heel in parts (near Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper fame!). We usually go to 100% Design but I felt it had become too corporate recently, concentrating on just the big-name designers and brands so I decided to give it a miss this year.
Tent London showcased a mixture of “conceptual” design (weird,wonderful and not yet in production) with more commercial pieces, concentrating on new, emerging designers from all over the world, many from graduate design schools, and new design companies.
I noticed a few trends appearing:
- Unusual shaped, Sculptural furniture:
- Up-cycled products and the use of eco-friendly, sustainable materials were a recurring theme.
- Craft-based design. Embroidery, crochet, silk screen printed fabrics and knits were all used to create beautiful accessories.
- Vintage with a touch of Baroque.
60s style seems to be taking over from 50s as the popular “vintage” look.
- It wouldn’t be London if there wasn’t anything weird and wacky and these designers didn’t disappoint
Finally, a mention must go to this most beautifully designed stand ( and the photo doesn’t do it justice)
These are just a few of the things that caught my eye. Overall I thought the show was a great success and I will definitely be returning next year. Let me know what you think!