A now familiar feature of London Design Festival, Tent & Super Brands London celebrate the very best of international design, from global super brands to emerging talent with a flair for creative experimentation.

Material appeared to be the topic of conversation this year – across both shows, with designers championing raw materials such as glass and ceramics, and shaping them into incredibly clean, modern designs. A far cry from their rustic origins.

The industry’s growing confidence with colour and pattern was particularly evident at Tent, with brands such as Sunny Todd Prints, Louise Gardiner and Charlotte Francis Textiles (see below) leading the way.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

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NUDE

Istanbul-based design brand Nude caught our eye at Super Brands with their latest glassware collections. Showcasing soft, simple and beautifully uncluttered designs, each wine glass, vase and tumbler was a piece of art in its own right.

 

zetteler_100norway2016_annkristineinarsen_rolla_05Rolla by Ann Kristin Einarsen

100% NORWAY

Now an annual feature at London Design Festival, 100% Norway brings together 17 artists from Norway’s contemporary design scene. As huge fans of Scandi-design this exhibition ticked all the right boxes for us. Performing the dual function of both showcasing and shaping the identity of Norwegian design, each artist is seen to explore the country’s ‘material heritage and creative legacy’.

 

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CHARLOTTE FRANCES TEXTILES

These bold prints from London-based textile brand Charlotte Francis immediately caught our eye. Fun and fabulous, they formed part of a wider celebration of pattern and colour across the board at Tent. Other highlights include Louise Gardener and Sunny Todd Prints.
BALLOON BY MATTEO GONETFrom left to right: Sunny Todd Prints, Louise Gardener

This impressive glass sculpture was designed and created by Basel-based artist Matteo Gonet. Featuring 40 mouth-blown glass balloons, this whimsical take on a classic chandelier was a must-see.

 

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BALLOON BY MATTEO GONET

This impressive glass sculpture was designed and created by Basel-based artist Matteo Gonet. Featuring 40 mouth-blown glass balloons, this whimsical take on a classic chandelier was a must-see.