Alongside all the exciting stands, Tent London showcased a selection of different installations and events dotted around the Old Truman Brewery.
Superblue’s Giant Knitting Nancy occupied the entrance area, giving people a chance to have a go at the knitting by entwining blue rope around an oversize wooden French knitting hoop that became longer and longer and filled with beach balls, thus becoming an impromptu seating area.
Kingston University took space to promote the work of its MA creative graduates of 2010, with course involvement from product design, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation and many more.
Tent Digital featured six installation pieces that explored how technology can create interaction between the product and the viewer. Highlights included Graffito by BigDog Interactive that allows anyone with an iPhone, iPod or iPad to scribble graffiti onto the screen, alongside other people who could be anywhere in the world. A Little Life by Kantandesign Ltd features interactive blades of grass inside abandoned tree trunks.
Lab Craft, sub-titled Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft, is a touring Craft Council exhibition that features 26 designers who combine the hand-made with technology such as CAM/CAD software, laser-cutting, digital printing and rapid prototyping. QR Coding next to the exhibits allowed visitors to pick up information on each piece on their phone.
Tent Selects is a showcase of eight graduates hand-picked by the show as talents to look out for. Picked above is Trapped Vase by Andrew Beaumont.