Tent London and Superbrands

Saturday seemed to have snuck up on us on Blogtour. How did the time pass so fast?  With the morning free to do as we pleased, Corey Klassen and I hopped on the Tube and headed to Westminster Abbey. After waiting in the que for a while we had jus enough time to make a quick run through before we needed to meet up with the group. Too bad photos aren’t allowed to be taken inside.

Westminster Abbey is a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artifacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation’s history are buried or commemorated.

My visit to Westminster Abbey | KitchAnn Style

We made our way to the Old Truman Brewery at 91 Brick Lane, Spitafields, where we were confidant we would be able to find good food for lunch. I selected Pad Thai and it was just what I needed after my breakfast on the go. Along the way we collected some photos of great graffiti work.

Graffiti Collage | KitchAnn Style

The Old Truman Brewery houses more than 200 small, creative businesses and a bar. It encompasses 19 buildings, linked by a series of alleyways and courtyards, but the main area – the Boiler House – is easily identified by its 160 foot chimney with ‘Truman’ written up the side.

We met our BlogTour group at Tent London and sister show Super Brands, part of the London Design Festival, in its seventh year at the Old Truman Brewery.

Tent London and Super Brands are often described as one of the most creative parts of the London Design Festival. It’s a place where you can see smaller one-off designers who are creators showing their best in contemporary design next to temporary showrooms for big names like Jacuzzi and Ligne Roset.

Super Design Gallery | KitchAnn Style

Tent London also contained smaller shows within the show itself such as 100% Norway, Super Design Gallery, Brink, Vernacular by The Crafts Council of Ireland and The Craft Market.

This is another show where I gravitated toward lighting  – especially the hand-made fixtures. A few show stand-outs included Welsh weave designer Louise Tucker‘s hand-woven lighting collection from sustainable veneer, Eco artist Sarah Turner who makes incredible lighting from recycled plastic bottles and Glass artist Péter Borkovics.

Tent London Lighting | KichAnn Style

Our design filled day was capped off with a quick walk to a Electra House, famed designer Lee Broom‘s first dedicated retail space. We were graciously welcomed to the showroom by Broom who shared his adjacent design studio with us. The design boards were incredible – especially the one for Christian Louboutin’s posh new boutique at Harrods.

Lee Broom | KitchAnn Style

During last year’s London Design Festival Lee Broom launched his Crystal Bulb Shop – a general store complete with a sawdust floor. This year the Crystal Bulb Collection includes a frosted version, a table lamp, and a cluster chandelier that features varying bulbs suspended at different heights. A new wooden pendant and table lamp are slated to launch soon.

“The shop is actually in my own studio and it’s become a tradition now to totally transform the space each year. The building’s called Electra House and it used to be an electro-plating factory where they used to do a lot of the Corbusier pieces.”

Lee Broom Crystal Bulb | KitchAnn Style

55 Downing Street

Lamps Plus is one of America’s largest lighting retailers and a sponsor of the BlogTour London Trip I recently went on. For more than 30 years they have been building their business to offer nationwide customers the largest collection of function and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. The Lamps Plus collection of websites includes Lighting Luxury Style, Builders Discount Lighting, Lamps Plus Open Box and 55 Downing Street.

If you are unfamiliar with 55 Downing Street, it launched in May 2012 in the flash sales arena.

“Over the last year, we’ve discovered what designs truly excite our customers most. So we
now scour all corners of the globe to source the latest styles,” says Manja Swanson, Chief
Creative Officer for 55 Downing Street and Lamps Plus. “From handmade Indian rugs
and pillows to furniture produced right here in California, each design on 55 Downing
Street has been hand selected on the basis of quality, value and, of course, style.”

Starting early next year, 55 Downing Street will launch the first of three exclusive house brands. The brands – Dahlia Studios, Chateau Lux and Cinnabar Road – will feature artisan soft lines, continental inspired furniture, and globally-inspired imported furnishings, respectively.

The new brand offering will coincide with a re-launch of 55DowningStreet.com. The new site will feature a new blog team and contributors to offer readers a fresh voice and insights into the latest design trends.

I’ve paired items from the Lamps Plus website and 55 Downing Street with images from the London Design Festival to demonstrate how trendy their product selection actually is.

Cox London at Decorex and Irondale Helena Bookcase | KitchAnn Style

Cox London at Decorex | Irondale Helena Reclaimed Bookcase

Brokis and Possini Euro Engels | KitchAnn Style

Brokis Pendants at Design Junction | Possini Euro Engels

Paris Wakefield Additions at tent London and Flame Chair and Flame lamp | KitchAnn Style

Paris Wakefield Additions at Tent London | Annabelle Modern Flame Chair and Flame Zig Zag lamp

Foldability and Possini Euro White Cloud Pendant | KitchAnn Style

Foldability at DesignJunction | Possini Euro White Cloud Pendant

Tony Miles mid century modern at design junction | KitchAnn Style

Tony Miles Designs at DesignJunction | Telestar Lamp

(Lamps Plus is a sponsor for BlogTour London 2013, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share.)