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FOUR DESIGN TRENDS TO FIND AT TENT LONDON

Tent London returns once again to the Old Truman Brewery from 18-21 September, running alongside London Design Festival, where forward-thinking and inspiring exhibitors offer up the latest trends – and here’s four key ones to watch

1 RAW

Four design trends to find at Tent London

This is a trend that relishes the power of process and embraces materials like concrete, wood and metal in their most honest, unrefined form. Texture is particularly celebrated with Setworkshop’s E3 dining table, in polished concrete, hand-made to order; Sebastian Cox for Benchmark’s Shake sideboard, made from coppiced chestnut; and Finnish designer By Jalmari’s Broken shelf and table, revealing the rough edges of wood when snapped in two.

2 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

Four design trends to find at Tent London

This story is a fitting and timely antidote against the ubiquity of grey – it’s time to stop playing safe and have a little fun with colour. So we see effervescent and powerful brights enliven everything from jewellery and ceramics to furniture and soft furnishings. Be inspired by Curiousa & Curiousa’s Gob Stopper lights, Parris Wakefield Additions’ almost luminous Zig Zag cushion and chromatic effect Spin jewellery by Ince Starzinksy.

3 FRAME

Four design trends to find at Tent London

Design reduced to simple lines, this trend looks at shapes that act as a shorthand pictogram for anything from a stool to a coat stand. These frames often appear in bold primaries or stark black, formed from tubular metal into shapes that resemble an exercise in geometry. Look no further than Studio Philipp Beisheim’s radically reduced dodecahedron-shaped Reorganised coat rack, the three intersecting tubular steel frames of the Olly stool from Junction Fifteen and Shane Holland’s Wilde Cage lamp.

4 REFRACTION

Four design trends to find at Tent London

When it comes to surface design, optical trickery is everywhere this season, with Pop Art brights adding a welcome shot of colour and an almost frenetic energy to wallpapers, picture and fabrics. For the best examples, see Helene Jellestad’s kaleidoscopic pictures in punchy brights, Sian Elin’s graphic modern take on an Ancient Eastern design for wallpaper called Tress and Northmore Major, printed linen designed by Rachel Parker at Flock.

Tent London will showcase all these and more – from Country Showcases to a new East London Design District – at the Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street E1 6QR; tentlondon.co.uk

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