Old Truman Brewery
22-25 September 2016

Four days of topical debates discussing industry, ethics, futures and economies, presented by industry leaders, curatorial collectives, researchers and designers… in ways that make you think.

Curated by: Tent London 

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All talks are free to attend; however, they booked out fast last year, so be sure to book online in advance as not to miss out. 

Thursday, 24 September

11:00 - 12:30hrs Thursday 24, September

Oslo: The New Nordic Design Capital?
A 100% Norway debate

The last 70 years of Scandinanvian design have been dominated by Denmark, Sweden and Finland; Norway has always been the underdog. Despite the country’s remarkable output in the 50s and 60s, there was little awareness of this abroad and Norway and Oslo remained in the shadows. Now, however, the world is starting to take notice of the forgotten past, evolving present and the exciting future of Norwegian design and Oslo is increasingly being recognised as a New Nordic design capital.

For more than a decade, 100% Norway has been bringing the best of Norwegian design to the international market at LDF; now the newly minted Oslo Design Fair is bringing that market directly to Norway, showcasing the Norwegian and Nordic design scene to an ever-growing global audience.

For 2015, 100% Norway presents a discussion of the past, present and future of Norwegian design, featuring some of the leading participants in its resurgence: DogA, Norwegian Icons, Oslo Design Fair, Klubben and more. The panel will explore the relationship between Norway’s culture and socio-economic structure and its design environment, considering how the national ethos of collaboration, transparency and mutuality contributes to a thriving design culture. With awareness of Norwegian design continuing to spread around the world, the panel will consider contemporary developments in Oslo and why the city is now, at long last, taking its place alongside Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki as one of the important capitals of Scandinavian design.

Moderated by MONOCLE Design editor Josh Fehnert :

We in Monocle are proud to be moderating the talk on Oslo, the new Nordic design Capital?  at this years TENT SUPERTALKS.
Our design editor Josh Fehnert who was also the editor for last years Monocle Oslo City Survey is questioning the panel of Norwegian design affilitaes if this remark is actually true, and if why is this happening now.

Join us for a LDF talk on design, and we recommend to pass by the 100% Norway with Norwegian exhibition if you have time.

The panel  for the discussion will be.

From: Klubben, (Norwegian Designers Union) Runa Klock
From : Norwegian Icons, Einar Kleppe Holthe
From : Oslo Design Fair, Andreas Engesvik
From : DogA (Norwegian Center for Archetechture and Design)  Jan Stavik and Benedicte Sunde

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13:00 - 14:30hrs Thursday, 24 September

Meet The Makers
Etsy in the UK: Four Corners of Craft

Etsy unites the best of UK craft with an exhibition in partnership with London Design Festival, Tent London, the Crafts Council and arts organisations in England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales. A diverse and exciting selection of contemporary craft from the four corners our country, tied together by the quality of making.

From Inverness to Sussex, Belfast to Cardigan, the Etsy community is a highly talented group of designer-makers, creating beautiful contemporary craft across all areas of the UK. This exhibition is the culmination of a maker development project, where selected makers have been supported with professional development from The Design Trust. It will showcase their work and tell their stories.

This talk is a chance to meet exhibiting designer-makers from each region - hear about their craft practice, how they're inspired by their location and running their creative business on the global marketplace of Etsy. Speakers include Etsy sellers Heather McDermott from the Isle of Skye and Benjamin Cramp of JAM Furniture from Cardigan in Wales.

Lead partners include: Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, The Design Trust, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Helfa Gelf. With support from: Arts Council of Wales, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Makers’ Guild in Wales and many more incredible creative organisations around the UK.

Speakers: Ted Jefferis of TedWood Design from England, Heather McDermott from Scotland, Alison Lowry from N. Ireland and Benjamin Cramp of JAM Furniture from Wales.

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15:00 to 16:30hrs Thursday, 24 September

Irish Design 2015 – Bringing Irish design to the world

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a major initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design in just about every form. The talk will explore the ambitious programme of events being staged at the London Design Festival, and reveal how the year is showcasing the very best of Irish design nationally and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness.

Organised by: Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Speaker: Alex Milton in conversation with Steven McNamara and Jonathan Legge.
Alex Milton is the Programme Director of Irish Design 2015, a major government initiative that seeks to increase the awareness, understanding and use of design in Irish society and industry. He is a visiting professor at Manchester School of Art, Aston University and the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and his books include ‘Product Design’ and ‘Research Methods for Product Design’.

Steven McNamara is the founder of award-winning studio, ROJI.  He has curated and designed Ó – design & craft from Ireland for Tent London 2015, marking the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s 3rd year to exhibit at Tent London.  Ó features beautifully designed products from 30 designers who are passionate about materials and production. Jonathan Legge is co-founder and creative director of Makers & Brothers. He has curated and creatively directed The Souvenir Project, specially commissioned by Irish Design 2015 and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to inspire innovation and promote collaborations between designers and makers in Ireland.

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16:30 - 17:30hrs Thursday, 24 September

Va Bene: Patrizia Moroso in discussion with Ron Arad.

At their first meeting,  as he debuted his works in Milan, Ron Arad offered to design an entire collection exclusively for Patrizia Moroso. After a moment’s thought, Moroso simply replied va bene, beginning one of the industry's bravest and most successful collaborations. A radical change in direction from anything Moroso had done in the past, Arad's collection overcame widespread scepticism to become a celebrated milestone in design history. At Tent 2015, the two pioneers discuss the origins of  their partnership - from its first collection in 1991 to its latest in 2015. Jonn Elledge is a journalist and editor of CityMetric, the New Statesman's sister site which focuses on architecture, infrastructure and the urban world.

Chair: Jonn Elledge editor of CityMetric


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18:00 - 19:30hrs Thursday 24, September

Tapio Wirkkala - Eyes at the Finger Tips

Finnish Form

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) is a legendary Finnish artist, craftsman and designer, who worked in various materials and media from the scale of a postage stamp or a piece of jewelry, to household and art objects, all the way to architecture and a piece of land art the size of a Lapland field. He worked for numerous Finnish companies as well as in Italy (Venice), Germany and Mexico. His designs were often inspired by nature, but his work is also frequently based on geometry.

The lecturer, a close friend of Wirkkala’s, analyses his personality, design themes and sources of inspiration, and presents his exceptionally wide and varied production.

Speaker - Juhani Pallasmaa.
Architect, professor, writer (b.1936), has been active in architecture, exhibition, product and graphic design, as well as education and writing. He is former Rector of the Institute of Crafts and Design Helsinki, Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture Helsinki. He has held a number of visiting professorships abroad, mostly in the USA, and lectured and taught around the world. His fifty books include The Eyes of the Skin, The Thinking Hand, and The Embodied Image. He is recipient of several prizes and awards in Finland and abroad, and has five honorary doctorates in art, architecture and technology.

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Friday, 25 September 

9:30 to 10:30 Friday 25, September

Finding design in action: Claudia Baillie in conversation with Jo Sampson

Sunday Times Style Interiors Editor Claudia Baillie talks to leading British designer Jo Sampson, uncovering a unique approach to creativity that has won the designer the trust of global super-brands. Taking examples from throughout Sampson's career, the discussion will explore the relationship between “design" and “action”, whether in the tireless pursuit of research and experience to design intelligently, in the strategic journey to push an idea into reality, or in the action of the end user that gives design its function.

Co-founding design agency BlackSheep in 2002, Jo Sampson began her independent creative studio in 2011, recently working as artistic director in the design and implementation of the World of Wedgwood visitor experience which opened this summer. Claudia Baillie has been one of London’s leading design journalist for over a decade, working as a features editor for Livingetc before becoming Interiors Editor for Sunday Times Style in 2013.


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11:00 to 12:30 Friday, 25 September

What does it mean to publish a design magazine today?

What does it mean to publish a design magazine today? There’s a wealth of design information and inspiration available for free online, and yet a host of design magazines crowd the shelves. This panel brings together the people behind some of Britain’s best independent design magazines to find out why they do what they do, and how they differentiate themselves in a crowded market.

Katie Treggiden, editor of Fiera
John L Walters, editor of Eye
Anna Bates, editor of Dirty Furniture
Steven Watson, director of Stack



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13:00 - 14:30hrs Friday, 25 September

Wise Hands


This is a live demonstration

The Danish furniture tradition, in particular Danish chairs from the mid 20th century, are characterized by their exquisite materiality, simple design and beautiful connections. These series of furniture became famous worldwide, but were often produced by skilled craftsmen in small production workshops.

How can we transform this knowledge and tradition into the demands of contemporary furniture, without its qualities being lost?
And how can design education support this?


Nicolai de Gier
Associate professor, head of The Furniture masters program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, is trained as a Cabinetmaker and architect. He now teaches and researches within the field of furniture. He also has his own practice and has written a number of articles and books on Danish furniture.

Petra Dalström
Swedish born ceramist, she graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, department of Crafts on Bornholm. "The coffee machine shown at Tent is despite its inconvenience, very much functional, and I would like to invite the audience to see it in use. With a starting point in the Danish ceramics- and crafts field, I will talk about my thoughts behind the object and how the process for me is characterized by being in touch with the material through all steps in the development."

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15:00 - 16:30hrs Friday, 25 September

The Global Trends Forecast for 2016

Dulux Presents Colour Futures

Dulux is excited to make its first appearance at London Design Festival at Tent this year. The talk will introduce the 2016 Colour of the Year and key design trends with real insight behind the forecasting process from Dulux trend experts. Anthony Roussel, Kit Miles, Jessica Light, Mark McClure & Zoe Murphy will then take to the stage to introduce their unique interpretation of the Colour Futures 2016 trends, which will be showcased in the Dulux gallery.

The five prestigious designers will be speaking about their interpretations in more detail including how the Dulux Colour Futures 2016 trends influenced their own designs in a unique way.

The talk will be chaired by a member of the Dulux Colour & Design team who will introduce the trends forecasting process and context behind ‘Colour Futures’.

Speakers: Anthony Roussel, Kit Miles, Jessica Light, Mark McClure & Zoe Murphy


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17:00 - 18:30hrs Friday, 25 September

Explore the World Design Capital 2016


Next year will be an important milestone for Taipei to present its World Design Capital 2016 programmes. Several signature design events and transforming projects will be held during the year. Welcome to join us to take a look at our exciting programmes. The curators of EATAIPEI, Shikai Tseng and Rain Wu, will also share their creative idea that introducing Taipei City’s history, landscape, people, lifestyle and Future through food design.

Chair: Han Wu
CEO of WDC Taipei 2016
Han Wu is CEO of World Design Capital Taipei 2016. As a social design evangelist, he leads design transformation in Taiwan. Prior to joining WDC, he is an innovation consultant for corporates and social entrepreneurs.

Han writes the best-selling book “ The Power of Design,” required reading for MBAs, and is an invited speaker at TEDxTaipei. Han holds MBA from Duke University, and MSc in Urban Planning from National Taiwan University.

Shikai Tseng

Founder of Studio Shikai - Shikai Tseng is a multi-discipline Taiwanese designer based in London and Taipei. He laid his design on exploring materials, processes, stories, and transforms concept into objects with poetry. After graduating from Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art in 2011, he founded the London-based design studios Poetic Lab and Beyond Object and claimed multi international awards. He now returns to his solo practice.

Rain Wu
Rain Wu is a Taiwanese-born British architect based in London, her work ranges from drawings, set design, art installations to building design. She previously worked in practices around the world including Carmody Groarke and Sou Fujimoto Architects. Since her graduation from the Royal College of Art, she has lectured and exhibited widely, as well as collaborated with designers from different disciplines to continuously explore architecture's versatility in art and design.


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19:00 - 20:30hrs Friday, 25 September

Matera2019 The European Capital Of Culture “The Heritage For Creative Industry”
Organised by: Matera

Matera, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata has been awarded the title of the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy. Why would the city of Matera want to represent European culture in 2019? From the ‘50s onwards Matera has been an important place for experimentation and innovation. It has attracted great filmmakers and artists, and it has been a fertile ground for successful collaboration between locals and those from outside the community.

Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 is the place of beauty and heritage

Matera has assumed a challenging commitment: to create and share new cultural, social and economic models for the Southern Mediterranean regions, Italy and Europe dwelling on its vast cultural and historical heritage. The goal of Matera as European Capital of Culture in 2019 is to show its values worldwide. These include: collective intelligence as a potential resource for development, sustainable and innovative use of cultural and natural assets; reconnecting art, science and technology; people and ideas’ mobility and the relationship between participation, culture and citizenship.

Matera represents the “City of creativity” ,  where “wherever you look.. beauty is all around". It s a land of stories  where the ancient past  has left an indelible sign .

From industry to leisure , Matera , “Città dei Sassi” is an "open minded workshop where ideas and projects can flourish”

The goal is to develop, within the framework of  the  local crafts,  the creative industry that encapsulates the essence of Basilicata Region , an ancient territory full of heritage and beauty.

Starting from www.mappingbasilicata.it ,the project financed by the Region and implemented by Sviluppo Basilicata, three  Brand , CASAMATERA, B-WEAR & BASILICATA FINEFOODS has been launched worldwide.

We want to became a drive for thinkers and visioners,a bridge for Northern and Southern regions of Europe.

7.00 Creative industry and internationalization: the strategic role of Basilicata Region. Speaker Giandomenico Marchese, Head of Regional Development policies, training and research

7.15 The role of Italian Trade Promotion Agency. Speaker Fortunato Celi Zullo, Director ICE London

7.25 The role of the cultural education, Speaker Aurelia Sole, Magnificent Rector University of Potenza, Basilicata

7.40 MIRABILIA, a Project for Italian Cities of UNESCO, Speaker Luigi Bodrin, Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce of Matera

7.55 Matera 2019, the importance of communication Speaker Rosella Tosto, Responsible Director TRM Network

8.10 MappingBasilicata, a project for branding SMEs, Speaker Elisabetta Vignando, UN Advisor.

8.20 Craftsmanship and design, the excellencies of the territory, MIM and CASAMATERA, Speaker Paolo Rigamonti, NABA -New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan

8.30 Testimonials Francesco Paolicelli, Managing Director Lady Cucine Srl Gio Tirotto and Studio  John Pepe, Designer CASAMATERA

  Moderator: Rossella Tosto , broadcaster TRM network Matera.


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Saturday, 26 September

09:00 - 10:30hrs Saturday, 26 September

Is Design Council Spark for me?

Design Council Spark run as a pilot this year with the aim is to uncover the UK’s next great product inventions. If you have an idea or a prototype for a product but don’t know what to do with it, come and meet Haidee Bell and Marion Gillet, from the Design Council. They will give a short presentation about the organisation and the Spark programme before answering your questions.

Haidee Bell Bio
As Head of Design Programmes at the Design Council, Haidee Bell supports the organisation’s Design Challenges work which explores how design and behavioural research can create new solutions for the UK’s big issues. She also led the design of Design Council Spark which aims to take more UK based physical product ideas to market. 
She has experience in setting up programme that use a creative approach to innovate across industry and public services.

Marion Gillet

Marion Gillet is Programme Lead ad Product Development Manager for Spark. She has a product design background and over 10 years’ experience in providing advice and managing unprecedented product collaborations between international brands (Longchamp, Clairefontaine) and small design companies (The Heatherwick Studio, Device ltd). She really knows what it takes to take a product to market when you are a small business.



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15:00 - 16:30hrs Saturday, 26 September

Making It Work

Making It Work: How Foreign Design Students Can Develop a Career in London

London is a global centre for design, attracting students and professionals from all over the world seeking a position in one of the city's many leading studios. Competition is stiff so it helps if students know what they can expect both before they apply for positions and once they start work. Our expert panel discusses the opportunities and pitfalls for foreign nationals looking to pursue a design career in London.

Chair: Kate Burnett - Editor, Studio.
Kate is one of the UK’s most experienced design journalists.  She was editor of idfx for over four years and has been a regular contributor to London’s Evening Standard as well as writing for the Financial Times, Blueprint and Elle Decoration. She is also a consultant to several leading design brands. Kate launched Studio. magazine for residential design professionals at the beginning of 2015.

Fiona Naylor - Partner at Johnson Naylor
Johnson Naylor is an interior architecture and design practice based in Clerkenwell, London. Founded in 1990 by Brian Johnson and Fiona Naylor, it has developed a reputation for delivering inventive, contextual and elegant design.  Johnson Naylor employs over 40 professional design staff from a range of disciplines – architects, interior designers, furniture designers and graphic designers. The practice aims to nurture talent, champion appropriate design and create commercially successful spaces.

Iris Dunbar - Director, Interior Design School
A pioneer of interior design in its modern form, Iris Dunbar's career ambition is to promote interior design by inspiring clients and designers to create environments that lift the spirits. As practitioner, educator and President of IFI (International Federation of Interior Designers and Architects) and former President of the British Institute of Interior Design, her aim is to establish interior design as an essential discipline within the built environment industry.

Anna Kealey - Creative Opportunities Department, University of the Arts, London
With an expansive background in design, education, writing and the arts, Anna Kealey enjoys collaborating with people across all disciplines. She manages the Creative Opportunities department at UAL where she oversees the Graduate Internship program, the online jobs board, the industry portfolio sessions (in collaboration with The Dots) and works across all six universities on various issues of professional development.

Linda Boronkay - Senior Designer, Tara Bernerd & Partners
Tara Bernerd & Partners’ designs reflect intelligent space planning and layouts with a strong use of texture and colour which typify their projects. With a more edgy approach, Bernerd’s work is renowned for creating warmth and atmosphere. Linda is from Hungary and is now based in London.  She was a winner of the idfx Up-And-Coming Designer Award and has previously worked as a designer in Sydney.


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13:00 - 14:30hrs Saturday, 26 September

Migrating Studios: The Future of Creative Spaces

Design Museum

What is the future of the Design Studio? As artists and designers migrate from London, do incubators, co-working spaces and accelerators offer a viable alternative? To coincide with the opening of Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, Blueprint editor Johnny Tucker chairs a discussion with invited guests and residents at this year’s Super Talks at Tent London.

Chair - Herbert Wright

Herbert Wright a Contributing Editor of Blueprint magazine,as well as editor-at-large for the Journal of Wild Culture, contributor to Architecture d'Aujourd'hui and others.

He is a non-fiction author and his books include London High (about the past present and future of London's skyscrapers) and Instant Cities. He instigated and curated Lisbon Open House 2012, and had a year's residency as columnist on Royal institute of British Architects Journal to 2014.

Herbert graduated from the University of London in Physics and Astrophysics.

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17:00 - 18:30 Saturday, 26 September

Invisible Spaces: Annabel Karim Kassar

French-born architect, Annabel Karim Kassar, has been credited with breathing new life into the Middle East’s most creative capital, Beirut.  Annabel has developed international expertise in Architecture and Interior Design since founding her Parisian architectural practice in 1994. AKK now has offices in Beirut, Dubai and more recently London.

Annabel is recognised for her winning architectural projects in Beirut and in the UAE, her bespoke craft London house interiors as well as for her work on venues such as Momo’s Beirut and  Almaz Dubai.

Talib Choudhry, Interiors Editor of The Telegraph will talk with Annabel about her recent projects; the transformation of a North London house and Almaz by Momo, located at The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Resort (JBR), Dubai.

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Sunday, 27 September

11:00 - 12:30hrs Sunday, 27 September

Isolation and Innovation – have you seen a Hills Hoist?

Through Australia’s past isolation we have been able to innovate and invent products and do things a little bit differently.  As we become less isolated, we have become influenced more and more by the rest of the world. Today we are so connected to each other on a national and individual level, that innovative and new ideas are uncommon.   Do we need to isolate in order to innovate?

Organised by:
Australian Furniture Association
Bryan Furtado

Speaker Dylan Falecki:
Dylan Falecki is an award winning Australian furniture designer with a background in residential construction and design. Dylan has adapted his traditional carpentry skills to the fast paced world of television.  Dylan is currently in the fifth season as the builder and project manager on the Australian prime-time lifestyle show The Living Room for Network 10. Alongside his TV commitments, he runs a successful building and design company.

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15:00 - 16:30hrs Sunday, 27 September 

The Designer Maker, Britain 2015

‘This is your life’

What does it entail to become a successful designer maker in Britain in 2015? Does our education system do a good job in preparing young people? Does the design world welcome newcomers whether they are graduates or apprentices? What is the advice for the upcoming generations? What could be done better to create more opportunities?

Jade-Ilke, creative solutions are really excited to be proud partners of Tent London & Super Brands; such a beacon in the design world, Tent London is creating 12 positions for young people to learn work and business skills during the setup and throughout the show.

In line with their passion in supporting future generations, Jade-Ilke is also organising and chairing a panel discussion on what it means to be a designer in Britain in 2015; this is going to be an inspiring discussion, that will of course be honest about the current state of affairs, but will also try to come up with ideas to solve the problems emerging designers might be facing, creatively!

Chair: Jade-Ilke - Founder of jade-ilke, creative solutions
Speakers: Dr Lynn Jones - ex Bucks New Uni, George Hardin - Benchmark, Emile Jones & Tortie Hoare

Jade Ilke
With her previous role in Out of the Dark, Jade worked with a large number of leading designers, retail brands and manufacturers to support young people in gaining skills in craft, design, work and business.

Jade-ilke is her new social enterprise that offers companies, charities and the public sector 'creative problem solving' as a means to train, empower and employ young people.


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