Tent London—and its sister event Superbrands—took over the long retired Truman Brewery (interestingly the old beer may be making something of a rival) once again for London Design Festival exhibiting creative furniture and design work from both big brands and smaller players.
Highlight of the show for us has to go to the mind boggling optical illusion mirrors on show at the Cascade stand. Although the guys wouldn't reveal to us quite how they had achieved this impressive effect, it seems that neon tubes are wedged between reflective plastic sheets giving this three dimensional tunnel effect shooting straight through a solid wall (there was a stand on the other side, we checked).
We couldn't help but be drawn in by the lovely crisp, clean kitchenwares on show as a collaboration between Sue Pryke and Wild and Wood, a range of crockery and chopping boards with subtle references to life in the great outdoors.
Dutch design studio Pepe Heykoop has been collaborating with charity 'Tiny Dreams Foundation' to enable a small community in a Mumbai slum to lift themselves out of poverty with the aid of design. The studio designs products—such as these simple lampshade and paper vases (slipping over a recycled bottle)—for the community to produce.
Fruit bowl meets Scalextric? Interesting stuff on show by Aparentment.
Korean designer Jeonghwa Seo creates a range of stool from contrasting materials including acrylic, metals, stone, cork as well as hard and soft woods.
British designer Jake Phipps makes extravagant, statement pieces (presumedly for the business tycoons currently buying up London's property) including a mirrored screen from his 'Stellar' collection and the golden barnacle encrusted console entitled 'Lost at Sea.'
Stay tuned for more from Tent and Superbrands in our London Design Festival 2014 gallery.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.