Composite Imaging visit Tent and Design Junction: September 2013



is widely considered a cutting-edge and progressive trade exhibition held during the London Design Festival, now into its 8th year bringing together over 200 companies plus sister-show Super Brands London under one roof. There was a wide-ranging mix of stands and installations ranging from lighting & furniture to many other different interior products, even bike stands! It is a great place for architects and designers to both specify and source products for design schemes.

The Old Truman Brewery is now an established venue for this progressive trade exhibition which has always been a show about ideas. Our expectations were to find inspiration and innovation and we were not disappointed. The founders of the show, Jimmy and Rachel MacDonald try to curate a show that has a balance between Creativity and commerce. Many design trends emerge from the show and my stand-out observations were the flora and woodland themes, but all the new trends emerging from the show can be found on the Tent London website and Pinterest.


Design Junction
was a first for us this year and had a more edgy feel to it that was different to Tent helped by the warehouse-feel to its venue at centrally-located 1960s Sorting Office, New Oxford St. The show was created by Deborah Spencer and Michael Sodeau and has established itself as a definite London Design Festival destination and is now part of the west end design district.

 It is a non-stop shop for renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops plus plenty of places to eat and drink on your route around the show. Again a great place to pick up ideas and products for designers and a retail section to shop. Many new UK products are launched here and the general atmosphere on the evening we were there felt quirky, busy, creative and exciting. Well worth a visit next year if you haven’t been.



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