Tent London is the east end hub for the London Design Festival. With over 200 exhibitors, there was much to be seen and it takes a sharp-eyed design junky to make sense of it all.
Good looking lighting, be it lamps, overhead, desk or wall lights, is always hard to find. There was a huge variety this year, made out of many different materials with much interesting innovation. Maybe it's because people are staying at home more...
1. Studio Jon Male
How could we resist: all the parts for these lights were purchased from ebay. They are shades from old lamps that have been discarded and cast off. There is a traditional feel to these, whilst the coloured ones on top are more Memphis. The designer spent eight months on the internet trying to find all the pieces.
The Arnolight is a set of three lamps made of turned waste wood and glued sawdust. The Polish designer is part of a group of students and graduates of two faculties of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw who are showing work here.
3. Studio Inbetween
These lights are so ethereal and delicate--they are floating away before your eyes. Made out of birch veneer which has been shaved and then cut on a mould, they shimmer in the air. The designer is Korean, but living in Finland.
The lights are re-issues of classics, including some nautical versions. The poster is made by a printer who uses a letter press from 1870. That's pre-digital, folks. The printer had never been asked to do words on an angle before this job, and he did it well.
First time for these Italian lights, inspired by an industrial ethos and the machinery used for factory yarn dying. The Italian designer has a factory with textile dying machines and these cones are remainders from the old machines. They have a rough but refined industrial feel to them.
6. Sara Kele
Hungary has a whole contingent of young designers from the Young Hungarian Designer’s Association who are here to showcase their quirky aesthetic. The Remiz lamps are made of cement and wood. The shade is a textile, mixed with cement for reinforcement. They have a raw beauty.
Birch bark lamps (dear to a Canadian heart) from Finland. Don't worry, the bark won't come off if you collect the logs in deepest winter. And it's covered with a protective resin, so no fires either.
8. Jay Watson
Save your old socks...this designer is making lighting (and furniture) out of reclaimed items, including battered old jeans as a vase, and lost socks for lights.
9. The Gravity Workshop Limited
It's the Canadian contingent: these lights are made by a Canadian architect, living in London. VeVe, a reading light, has flexible mechanical articulation so that it can be pointed in any direction.