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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Mr. Bazaar Explores TENT At London Design Festival

For anyone who loves design and interior accessories, TENT London is akin to an Aladdin's cave of stylish and inspiring designs. This year's expanded show proved to be no different, so let's dive in with my favourite finds, shall we? First up is ercol who were showing a recreation of their 203 Windsor armchair. Originally designed in the 1950s by ercol’s founder, Lucian Ercolani, it's a new addition to the their ercol Originals range, which features the company's favourite pieces from their back-catalogue. The upholstery fabric used was designed and hand-printed by Tamasyn Gambell and you can see more of her work further down this post.
The AB Desk was designed by Michael Armstrong as a nod to the traditional school desk but with an added bit's and bob's trough and tray, both made from hand cast concrete - I love how an iPad perfectly fits the tray... a school desk for the 21st century!
Katie Mawson's 100% Lambswool knitted felted cushions are strikingly simple in their design and beautifully soft to touch. I think I'd like to pair the yellow and grey designs together on my sofa at home.
Zoe Murphy's stand launched her new furniture and textiles range, Brilliant Print. I love how Zoe combines recycled furniture and bright colours to create updated, intriguing and unique designs. I chatted for Zoe about the process she went through in creating her new collection and she explained how she has placed a real emphasis on sustainable, ethical design. As a result the collection uses recycled timbers, fairtrade and organic cottons, and 'low impact' inks and paints. Bravo, Zoe!
Roussel was founded in 2010 by brothers Anthony and Benjamin Roussel and all their designs are British made. Whilst the brand's debut collection includes seating and tables, it was their lighting offering that caught my eye, especially the surprise colour interiors of the Marie-Lousie pendant.
Petra Green founded Room39 to try and bring more ‘democratic’ design to the market that would appeal to men and women alike, regardless of age. I'm a big fan of her colourful, graphic pieces like the  Marmo/Granit cushion shown here.
Regular readers will know how much I admire the work of Mini Moderns. In fact, Keith, one half of the creative duo behind the brand, said to me during the show that I had almost grown up alongside the brand, which is sort of true! They've just launched their environmentally responsible paint range (Mr. Bazaar would like a room in every colour, please) as well as a range of 100% handwoven Indian Dhurries in their Backgammon and Zag designs.
Having featured Tamasyn Gambell's work on Bright.Bazaar before, it was a pleasure to meet the designer in person. The Bauhaus-meets-Modernist fabric designs looked stunning on the group of lampshades that hung on her stand.
It's always good to find a product that makes you smile when at a show and in this case it was the Coat Eggs hooks. Designed by Daniel Schofield, the product is meant to be used to hang coats without leaving a dent in the material - clever, right? Also, I love the packaging!
The Owls of the British Isles wallpaper by Abigail Edwards was a big hit when I blogged about it last year. Well, I'm predicting that her new Brambleweb design is going to be equally as popular; there is a sense of timeless beauty to the design that I like.
To round out my review of TENT London I thought I would share my snaps from Sian Elin's (she's just up there next to Mr. B!) debut homeware collection because it was like being at a colour candy store! Sian and I discussed her inspirations for the first collection and she explained that it reflects the Islamic and Moorish architecture she saw on her travels through Israel, India and the Mediterranean. For me the marriage of colour and pattern in her Tress pillow is spot on! Tell me, friends, which of the designs I've shown appeal to you?
// Photography by Will Taylor, exhibitors & Boscolo


  1. Oh I just adore these colours. Thank you for sharing Will. Amy x

  2. wow...some delicious eye candy here. I bet you were inspired to bits!

  3. The egg coat hooks are fantastic! you're right! the packaging is fantastic!

  4. great finds, but wow - Zoe murphy = IN LOVE!!!!

  5. Lots of design talent in London! I love those colourful pendants too!

  6. Love all these colors and patterns! And the details like the fabric inside the drawers!
    A crush on all the vintage style furniture ♥

  7. I love the egg hooks. CUTE and incredible branding. I love the Roussel light fixtures!

  8. wow. .. so much to love and where do I start? Love the gorgeous pendants by Roussel, the pink pillow by zoe M., the nesting tables by Ercol! And those egg hooks are such thoughtful design ... and yes, totally love the packaging as well.

    Sian Elin: love your pattern and soft pastel colors!

  9. Oh wow! So much eye candy! I've adore Zoe Murphy's furniture but the egg coat hooks by Daniel Schofield, the wallpaper by Abigail Edwards and Sian Elin's beautiful goodies really stood out for me. Thanks for the introduction to these fab designers! x

  10. well so many cool brands and so many inspiration!!thank you Will!!you make us feel like we were here!!zoe murphy & ercol ->my favourite!!!
    big hugs!

  11. Great post, Will! I was really disappointed not to visit tent but having read this post I feel a bit better. So much talent in the country I love it! It's so inspiring and really spurs me on to be the best I can be too. xx

  12. Looove those Roussel lights!

  13. What a brilliant post! We have an ercol Windsor sofa and chairs that we are restoring. The beautiful bright fabric is a great source of inspiration. Also great to see the original ercol pebble tables in colour after seeing so many knock offs of this style.

  14. Gosh Will, you must have been overwhelmed by all the fabulous finds! I just love the zoe murphy cushions and those roussel pendants!

    Abbey x

  15. loving Tamasyn Gambell cushions, perfect for my living room and Zoe Murphy's colours palette is so refreshing!
    tx u for the tour



  16. Everything is incredibly bright and beautiful, but those Roussel lightings caught my eyes.
    Have a nice day.

  17. I've really enjoyed reading this post. So many lovely designs to choose from - all really exciting stuff. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Wasn't it a wonderful show! I'm still recovering from my week and I did half as much as you!! Great report as always Will :-)

  19. I want Zoe Murphy to reside in my home!
    And I am a sucker for orange and blue together.
    Thanks for re-capping!

  20. Love all the bold prints of those mini modern dinnerware pieces.

  21. I heart Zoe Murphy's stunning furniture anyway, but loved discovering Sian Elin's bright cheery patterns - thanks for sharing for those of us who weren't able to make TENT London!

  22. What a marvelous collection of items/brands! The Sian Elin pieces put a big smile on my face.

  23. Thank you so much for sharing! This was a dicovery as I wasn' t able to come along this year myself. I' m always keen to find new trends and designer makers for my gallery in Hamburg/ Germany. Amazing textile designs everywhere!

  24. Looks like you had an amazing time at tent. Those finds are amazing. I especially like the desk with the ipad holder. It's the perfect office modern furniture with a bit of a school-style going on.

  25. Awesome recap (and nice blazer jacket!). I absolutely love those color-lined pendants.

  26. This post has just confirmed me that I love geometric patterns....and I want it all over my place.


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