As another London Design Festival approaches, we’re eager to get out there and track down latest brands, emerging talent and forthcoming trends. East London has firmly established itself as the most creative and innovative design destination of all, with Tent London & Super Brands at its heart.
The 11-acre hub is known for presenting extraordinary interiors products from 290 established global brands, independents and undiscovered talents, and a collection of country showcases. The four-day event also includes a roster of inspiring talks, engaging installations and showcases from Heineken, Studio TILT, Afroditi Krassa & MG Motors. Livingetc readers can take advantage of a two for one ticket offer by using the promotion code LETC241 here.
We’ve picked our top five things to look out for at the show…
A new brand that’s central ethos is to make smart design accessible for small-space living, Ambrose has enlisted a line up of young talent to design its furniture, accessories and lighting. From Matthew Elton’s oak A-Frame range (above), to US based studio Blu Dot’s metal pieces, all of its designs are exclusive and carefully considered to suit smaller or urban homes. So good things can come in small packages after all.
Occupying the ground floor and terrance of the Old Truman Brewery, 100% Norway has been curated by the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and brings the best of Norwegian design to the UK. A selection of works from established Norwegian designers such as Andreas Engesvik (below) and emerging names including graduates of Bergen Academy Vera & Kyte (below), the exhibition showcases both designs already in production and prototypes, which will be divided into one of three groups; Experiments, Exploration, and Results.Say Duck
App-whizz Say Duck uses augmented reality to help you try out design classics for size in your home. Livingetc picked a selection of pieces from exhibitors at this year’s Tent to be Say Ducked including Tamma Design’s Solid Spin Lamps, and Ginger & Jagger’s Ananaz side tables, below. Visit the Say Duck stand to give them a whirl.
Leading hospitality design studio AfroditiKrassa has designed this year’s bar set within Super Brands London on the ground floor. The AfroditiKrassa Bar also showcases the studio’s debut collection of tiles, lighting and tables, AKollection. Expect bold monochrome tiles, smoked and bevelled mirrors, and Art Deco glamour with an edge.
Sebastian Cox for Benchmark
A name to watch for the future, Sebastian Cox has already made exclusive ranges for Heal’s, and his name is popping up in several locations this Design Festival. At Tent he’ll be exhibiting his new chestnut and ash pieces for Benchmark, one of which graced the cover of our Livingetc Agenda guide to the London Design Festival. We’ve fallen head over heels for them.
Tent London and Super Brands 18-21 September
Tickets: £10 on the door or £8 advance.
For tickets and opening hours, visit Tent