Eco-friendly designers at Tent London, part of London Design Festival

Eco-friendly designers at Tent London, part of London Design Festival

The Tent London design exhibition should definitely be on your LDF circuit if you like contemporary design. And this year's exhibitors include plenty of designer-makers with an environmental conscience - and an abhorrence for landfill.

By Hari Alexander
Barnby Design of Hereford

Barnby Design, based in Hereford, makes fine furniture using wood and sustainable fabrics including felt. Galapagos uses superb quality fabrics from companies including Bute. Tent London 2017 (21-24 September) has some 200 exhibitors from 25 countries.

Tent London showcases the work of new designers as well as established independent brands, and it's a good place to find innovative products across furniture, lighting and accessories.

This year's event (21-24 September) is open to trade and public, and you'll find some products are available to buy at the show. 

It's encouraging to see that plenty of designers at Tent are very eco-conscious, putting a lot of emphasis on reusing materials or upcycling products. 

Here are a few to look out for: 

Barnby Design, see above.

Y-Studio celebrates products often considered as outdated by giving them new uses - such as the Re-born lights made using old film cameras. The practice makes products that incorporate seemingly redundant items so they have a place in our lives today, with a stylish new aesthetic. 

Re-born light by Y-Studio from Fresh Taiwan turns an old film camera into a task lamp
Upcycled sideboard by Kate Noakes. Surface is covered with metal and inlaid with gesso and pigment
Homebrew by grande dame of upcycling Madeleine Boulesteix
Cola 10 light by  Sarah Turner is made from 10 Coca Cola bottles

Cola 10 by Sarah Turner  is a striking, hand-made lampshade made from 10 empty Coca Cola bottles. They're cleaned and sandblasted to turn the plastic from transparent to opaque. The bottles are then dyed vibrant colours before skillful cutting and sculpting transforms them into stunning lights. Each bottle is secured to a polypropylene base and secured with its own bottle top.

HomeBrew by Madeleine Boulesteix. The designer has been at the forefront of upcycing: she uses everyday objects such as kitchen utensils and glassware to make idiosyncratic and and very lovely chandeliers. Her new Homebrew pendant light is made from some of her favourite objects such as tarnished metal funnels, rusty  cake moulds, pieces of clay pipe from the Thames beach and other oddments. 
Kate Noakes recycles, re-designs and re-conditions furniture that's in a state beyond worn - she likes the challenge of seeing a piece transformed into something functional and desirable. The character of each piece is reinvented using metal inlaid with gesso and pigments, as is demonstrated in her sideboard pictured above.
Pipedream sideboard by London designer Nic Parnell
Printed sideboard by Zoe Murphy
Demodé chairs by Chile's Bernardita Marambio Design Studio

Zoe Murphy is showing her Margate Collection of recycled furniture that she reinvigorates by printing imagery onto pieces that is inspired by her seaside home town. Murphy says she wants to promote the idea of 'loving what belongs to you'.

Bernardita Marambio Design is a Chilean studio that has developed Demodé, a clever and potentially very versatile new material made from waste textiles from Santiago factories that would usually end up in landfill sites.

A mix of shredded fabricsplastics and natural materials are pressed together with a 100 per cent biodegradable adhesive, making for a strong product that can be made into furniture and wall tiles.
And last but by no means least, London designer Nic Parnell will be showing Pipe Dream, a collection of modular cabinets made using panels of reclaimed plywood connected using British Mueller gas pipe fittings. The range is essentially about resourcefulness and creating awareness of industrial products which can be re-used in design.
Tent takes place at the Old Truman Brewery near Brick Lane. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Children over five - £5