The first day at this year’s Tent at the Old Truman Brewery (E1) was packed, initimate and fun.
More than 200 exhibitors from around the world showed everything from 3D-printing to wormeries, with plenty of furniture, fabrics and accessories in between.
Four trends emerged (or to a certain extent, re-emerged): retro modern, wood, 3D/geometrics and playful…
(Pictured) Escape from Sofa, Longneck bookshelf
We liked how James Uren's Luso lounger managed to look cool and comfy at the same time, while the furniture from, Escape from Sofa, from Istanbul borrowed lines from Danish teak masters but had an added spikiness.
(Pictured) Short Tail rocking chair, Escape from Sofa
Great craftmanship was shown at Stephen Obriain Furniture (part of the Irish Design Island event), whose Bone chair was as strokeably smooth as driftwood or polished horn.
The sliding, extending bench Raskl from Designed & Made was both clever and beautifully executed, while the Shed sideboard with its clunky lock from Liquidesign was lovingly created for and inspired by designer Cameron Fry's granddad, Cyril (pictured).
Donya Coward's mix of textile and taxidermy was a humorous take on a trend that has intermittently become downright spooky, and the Whisk-y lights from Cypriotic Seks managed to both raise a smile and cast beautiful shadows.
Anna Viktorsson's London 2012 tray for Åry also had an attractive childlike quality.
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