Group shows Tent and Super Brands bring hot design talent to East London. Here are our eight FizzPicks...
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
London Design Festival 2015 is in full swing, but there's still time to cut a slice of the action. Twin shows Tent and Super Brands are at East London's cavernous Truman Brewery until Sunday 27 September, offering a smorgasbord of talent just a skip from Shoreditch Design Triangle.
Featuring more than 440 designers, from crafts names to bold brands from 29 countries, there's a bewildering amount to see. The exhibition is divided into independent, emerging talents at Tent, more established global labels at Super Brands, and national and craft exhibitions at Galleries and Country Showcases, from the Australian International Pavilion to Etsy UK: Four Corners of Craft. There's also a compact tech zone, Techable, and Super Talks 2015, including debates on colour trends and 2016's World Design Capital Taipei.
So, grab your pals, some comfy trainers and our guide to eight must-sees for design hunters...
&New, Super Brands (S48, Hall SBL)
UK/Finnish contemporary furniture duo &New – aka Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn – design vibrant, skinny steel furniture that throws great shapes. Think side tables, desks, consoles and clothes rails in pretty pastels and punchy primaries, manufactured in Blighty in small batches.
Glassmania Bohemian Glass Masters, Gallery Events (SC10, Hall T2 2nd Floor)
We're taken with these reinvented tiffin containers in cut crystal with leather straps by Daniela Chodilova for Astera Glass, adding a luxurious touch to an everyday item. Czech glass is rightly famous, so swing by 'Glassmania' for a showcase of true Bohemian talent.
Poiat, Super Brands (S16)
When it comes to sleek wooden seating, you've got to hand it to the Finns. Poiat is sharing its award-winning, shapely, moulded plywood 'Lavitta' chair collection, designed to slot into each other for striking storage. Also look out for group show 'Finnish Form', which presents 18 of the country's future-forward designers, brands and manufacturers, including the vibrant modern textiles and tableware of Jonna Saarinen (Hall T1, First Floor, Tent main building).
Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft, Gallery Events (T4, Hall A)
There's something strangely irresistible about these tactile paper vases by Lee Young Soon. Part of the 'Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft' exhibit, presented by KCDF (Korean Craft and Design Foundation), they embody the theme of 'Su-Su, Deom-Deom, Eun-Eun' or 'Simple, Calm, Subtle.' There's 193 pieces of work by 23 artists in six craft categories covering metal, ceramics. lacquer, bamboo, paper and textiles, teaming tradition with modern grace.
100% Norway, Gallery Events (Hall G4, Ground Floor)
100% Norway has added a twist to its curation, selecting prototypes and contemporary products from young Norwegian designers set against iconic mid-century and classic designs. We like the graphic 'Fauna' bookends by Hallgeir Homstvedt, formed from Nordic rock in the shape of a native fox, bullfinch, puffin and hedgehog. Slimline 'Duplé' tables and seats from Alexander Åsgård also get our vote, along with Siv Lier's oak-and-brass 'Spring' trays with arty disc-shaped mirrors and Andreas Bergsaker's covetable 'Blossom' accessories trays including two mirrors and a light. From the classics, don't miss the graphic 'Dokka' pendants by Birger Dahl for Northern Lighting and the white and sky-blue 'Hold' pots by Kristine Bjaadal for Magnor Glassverk. Touchy-feely treats.
What Goes Behind... Contemporary Polish Ceramic Design, Gallery Events (C21, Hall T2)
Last year we were impressed by Tent's round-up of Polish graphic and product design, including retro-font-toting 'Mamsam' cups by Full Metal Jacket; this year, Contemporary Polish Ceramic Design is enjoying exposure. There's kooky, graphic work by Magdalena Lapinska, dreamy aqua 'Weeds' plates by Karina Marusinska and striking blue squiggly 'Oko' vases by Malwina Konopacka.
Maoli, Super Brands (S15)
Madagascan brand Maoli is showing off its architectural 'inConcrete' collection, including super-thin tables. Available in white, grey, rust and charcoal, the furniture and accessories can be used inside or out. Legs for the tall 'Jòto Bè' table detach for easier transport.
Sue Pryke, Tent London (F08, Hall T1)
Simple, contemporary and oh-so-shapely, the handcrafted ceramic tableware on Sue Pryke's stall will have you reaching for your chequebook at 'Hello!' Her slipcase terracotta cups and jugs may be familiar, combining white tin glaze over red earth clay, but there are some seductive new colours and forms on offer too, including gorgeous charcoal-grey vases. We love the indigo milk pourer and 'Mr & Mrs' water carafe, both in vitrified earthenware, and the 'Mr & Mrs' teaspoons.
Lead photo and select others for 100% Norway by Siren Lauvdal.
Tent London and Super Brands London run until Sunday 27 September 2015 at Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1. Open 10am to 8pm; 11am to 6pm Sunday. Last entry 45 minutes before closing. Tickets available online or on the door; tentlondon.co.uk