I popped down to the Truman Brewery to visit Tent London, a show which celebrates and sells the best in design. Now in its second year Tent has earned its reputation of a not-to-be-missed destination on the London Design Festival circuit. From the contemporary furniture and lighting at Content, to the 20 exhibits by 20 different design teams at Your Space, to the array of vintage design at Circa, I loved the eclecticism and imagination that this year’s exhibitors brought to Tent. One of my favourites was ‘Neo Neon’, high-gloss mahogany furniture adorned in neon by Lee Broom.
100% Design, the UK’s leading contemporary interiors event took place at Earl’s Court this September. Attracting key manufacturers and designers from the UK and overseas, there is no show quite like 100% for connecting the worlds of architecture and design. The show stopping piece which really caught our attention was The ‘Lomme Bed’. A bed of the future which provides a unique sleep experience using light, sound and massage therapies to remove all outside disturbances. Other impressive exhibitors included Tom Dixon, Bob Crooks Glass Design and Graham and Brown, one of Camron’s clients.
We love David Adjaye’s stunning pavilion, created for the London Design Festival, which is drawing admiring crowds to its Southbank location. Made of American tulipwood, the pavilion, entitled Sclera, consists of two circular chambers. First of all, you enter into a small round chamber and then pass through into the wider space which gradually opens up to frame a wonderful view of the Hayward Gallery. During the day, the sunlight streams in through the gaps in the roof while at night, interior lighting causes the whole structure to glow. Sclera is at the Southbank until mid-October.
After attending Sotheby‘s pioneering two-day auction of new Damien Hirst works “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" one thing became very clear – the sale was a spectacular success. Against a backdrop of carnage in the global financial markets Hirst walked away with £95.7 million this week for two years’ worth of manufactured diamond displays, pickled animals, spot paintings and dead butterfly collages. But what the sale means for other artists and the art market in general is yet to be seen. However this offered a unique opportunity to see Hirst’s works, though the only thing we did go away with was the catalogue!
I went to the Design Museum this week and was totally blown away by the Tim Walker exhibition which is on until the 28th of September. I will admit that I had never come across him before, but seeing the photographs left me totally mesmerized. Walker is based in London and works only with the best around the world from Vogue to Vanity Fair. It is no surprise that he set up a Cecil Beaton archive when we were at Conde Nast early in his career. His work is both whimsical and captivating. I plan to go back before it closes at the end of the month.