Trade Show Report: Tent and Origin Sept 2010

Written by trendbible

30 November 2010

Back in September 2010 we visited the London Design Festival and flagged up our key trends from the 100% Design show. We also attended the Tent and Origin shows which are peripheral to 100% Design but are growing in importance each year. Origin is the Crafts Council’s annual showcase of original contemporary craft, bringing together 220 of the most innovative UK and international makers for 1 week. Trend Bible work closely with the Craft’s Council to deliver Future Consumer Insight seminars to its members. Tent London 2010 saw its largest visitor attendance yet, as much of the London Design Festival action came east to the city’s creative heart. In recent years, Tent London has established itself as the event to spot trends, unearth emerging talent and discover forward-thinking design. This year Tent drew a massive 19,000 visitors from 44 different countries. Here we share our top finds from both shows, broken down – as always – into the key trends. We sent our Home Trends Editor, Anri Moolman and Stylist Naomi Shedden to report back on the key looks at the shows. Enjoy!

Figuratively Speaking

Whether it was intricate wirework, sculpture or painting, figurative characters made an appearance at the Tent and Origin shows this year. Watch out for watercolour quality prints, string-art and embroidery as important applications for wall art and decorative accessories.

White Textured Ceramics

The trend for white porcelain continues but the key message is texture. Vases and receptacles that were deliberately mis-shapen and natural in form and were given a tactile quality with textured surfaces.

Above images, left to right: Tina Vlassopulos, Andrea Walsh, bottom right Timea Sido.

Watch the Birdy

Birds were still prevalent at the Tent and Origin shows, and are still hugely popular as print motifs. This season, it’s all about bird sculptures and ornaments, made from wire, paper, coloured feathers, vintage maps, felt and fabric remnants. The pigeon lamps by Ed Carpenter, below, are still a Trend Bible favourite- a design classic!

Above images left to right; Cathy Miles, Frieda Munro, Claire Brewster, bottom right Abigail Brown.


We loved the recycled lampshades by Wola Nani, below.

Fan Tango

Subtle use of strong colour was a key theme at the Tent show – our particular favourite was a dash of orange from soft tangerine shades through to neon, set against charcoal grey or milky white. This was evident in ceramics, textiles and furniture.

Above right blanket by Ekta Kaul

Above belt by Tania Clarke Hall.

Above image; James and Tilla Waters, Clare Crouchman.

Natural Neon

We saw a few examples of mixing bold or neon colours with natural elements like wood and wood laminates, as below. Watch out for geometric colours being used as a colour vehicle too.

In The Fold

As flagged up in our Autumn Winter 2011/12 forecast in our Epicurean story, we noticed part of an unfolding (‘scuse the pun) trend for origami inspired ceramics and lighting.

This trend was spotted several times at Tent and Origin.

Lean Times

We’ve mentioned this a few times but we love the concept of leaning furniture – and in this case clocks – as a space saving concept  for today’s cluttered homes!

Crafty Business

Products that have a hand-crafted appeal are core business at the Origin show, from beautifully irregular glazes on ceramics to repurposed tableware, the celebration of the artisan was everywhere. We loved the  string-art inspired lettering below which we thought was brilliant inspiration for wall art, and of course anything by Trend Bible favourite Zoe Murphy, bottom image, who was featured in our Autumn Winter 2010 Home Trends Forecast published back in June 2008.

Above right recycled jugs by Virginia Graham.

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