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 â€“ and hereâ€™s four key ones to watch
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 Setworkshopâ€™s E3 dining table, in polished concrete, hand-made to order; Sebastian Cox for Benchmarkâ€™s Shake sideboard, made from coppiced chestnut; and Finnish designer By Jalmariâ€™s Broken shelf and table, revealing the rough edges of wood when snapped in two.
2 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL
This story is a fitting and timely antidote against the ubiquity of grey â€“ itâ€™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 & Curiousaâ€™s Gob Stopper lights, Parris Wakefield Additionsâ€™ almost luminous Zig Zag cushion and chromatic effect Spin jewellery by Ince Starzinksy.
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 Beisheimâ€™s radically reduced dodecahedron-shaped Reorganised coat rack, the three intersecting tubular steel frames of the Olly stool from Junction Fifteen and Shane Hollandâ€™s Wilde Cage lamp.
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 Jellestadâ€™s kaleidoscopic pictures in punchy brights, Sian Elinâ€™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 â€“ from Country Showcases to a new East London Design District â€“ at the Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street E1 6QR; tentlondon.co.uk