September is always a frenzy for all things design in London. Fashion’s finest pull out all the stops for the shows at London Fashion Week, while a flurry of interior design related trade shows, exhibitions and seminars keep us inspired throughout London Design Festival.
Whether designer or member of the public, it can always be a little overwhelming at the events, particularly if you don’t have a set agenda and merely plan on trawling the vast space for some sought-after inspiration, wherever it may be found.
As a Hackney resider, TENT London has always been exciting, relevant, inspiring and admired by me in its support of young, new designers in the field. With the 2014 event kicking off this Thursday, I’ve cherry-picked some of my not-to be-missed highlights:
Fred & Juul
Italian-Dutch duo Fred & Juul create stunning lighting and furniture from hardwearing materials, including iron and brass. Both having studied architecture in Tuscany, they became inspired to create their own furniture line using the skills of the local Tuscan artisans, by whom each piece is handcrafted. Their pieces have a sturdy, industrial appeal, softened through unexpected curves and pops of colour.
Lee’s work as an installation artist sees her creating natural, textural works for interiors and beyond that are inspired by the land, lakes and forests of Finland, where she studied. Combining these natural elements with hand crafting techniques, her pieces feature materials such as mirror and wood manipulated in unexpected ways, for visually a stimulating collection.
Otago is a design studio with a conscience, working with artisans in under-privileged global communities to create luxury, African-inspired interior homewares. Materials including recycled glass, linen and Ugandan horn are embellished with intricate beadwork, hammered brass and delicate embroidery to create an ethically beautiful collection.
Niki Moskofoglou embraces her fascination with the diverse properties of marble by creating modern, elegant lighting and furniture for On Entropy. She combines solid blocks of the material, free of any seams or joints, with solid bronze and wood in pieces that follow sharp, geometric forms. Her work evokes a timeless beauty, through clean lines and classic materials.
Sara’s adoration for the sea and the British coastline are the inspiration behind her beautiful homewares and textiles collection at Seascape Curiosities. Using a mix of digital and hand-printed processes, her delicate prints and textured wallpapers evoke a glorious sense of calm and a desired escapism to the sea.