Tent London: Dwelling fillers

Tent London: Dwelling fillers

If you like the idea of a chair that appears to teeter on the brink of collapse, a ‘broken’ wooden bench inspired by beavers, or a pencil lamp that encourages visitors to scribble on the walls, head over to the Tent London trade show later this month, where the world's top furniture and product designers are showcasing the latest in contemporary design. A key creative hub within the London Design Festival, alongside sister show Superbrands, the event will host 280 firms from 29 different countries, including global brands, recognised independents and undiscovered talents. TENT London takes place at the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street, off Brick Lane, from 18-21 September. Here are RIBAJ's top 10 products to look out for while you are there. Compiled by Stephen Cousins.

Trio Lamp by Louise Mengel. A single bent steel tube and lamp head made of smoked oak, this piece plays with ideas of industrialization and mass-produced furniture. www.louisemengel.dk
Knit by Aija Hannula & Begona Uribe Landeta. An innovative Danish hybrid of a Windsor chair and a stick chair, the oversized upholstery material weaves through the wooden spindles to add a new level comfort. http://www.morphology.dk
Imperfect Day Bed by Galvin Brothers. This solid oak bed with 100% wool upholstered mattress functions as a couch or seating bench, or a comfortable single bed. http://galvinbrothers.co.uk
E3 Dining Table by Setworkshop. Poised is the word for this steel legged table, whose polished concrete surface is available in shades of light grey, grey and dark grey. http://www.setworkshop.co.uk
Stanley Lounge Chair by Horizon Furniture. Designer Fergal O'Leary says his designs are inspired by everything from woodwork technique, to children, architecture, Hans Wegner, and funk music. We liked the chair's simple, solid oak and birch plywood frame and Irish Tweed upholstery. horizonfurniture.ie
HB Lamp by Michael & George. Ok, it's a lamp that looks like a big pencil, but we liked the playful idea of joining the cable at the tip, encouraging individuals to get creative and scribble over their walls and floors. http://www.michaelandgeorge.com
Broken Bench by byJalmari. An exploration into humans working with wood ‘as equals’, inspired by seeing a tree felled by a beaver. http://byjalmari.com
Argus Lamp by Of A Kind. An unusual take on the desk lamp featuring large glass domes, used to direct the light at any angle. Resembling a glass tumbler, the lamp head really encourages users to ‘drink in the light’. designofakind.no
60 Chair by XYZ Integrated Architecture. For people that want a thrill when they sit down, the 60 Chair slopes at an angle of 60° to the horizontal, challenging the notion of conventional furniture and giving the impression that it is about to collapse or fall apart. http://www.xyz.com.ge/

Stephen Cousins


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