‘Tenda’ is a series of textile lamps launching at the London Design Festival as a result of Benjamin Hubert’s materials driven research. ‘Tenda’ Italian for tent is comprised of materials from a diverse mix of industries: Fibre glass rods from the kite manufacturing industry, Lycra from the sports industry, stretch mesh from the underwear industry and a construction technique from the tent industry.
“The primary component of the lamp series is a multi layered construction of textile. The exterior is covered by a quad-directional high stretch micro mesh. The internal layers are constructed from Lycra which diffuses the light source. The interplay between external stretched convex curves and internal concave forms creates a dynamic typology of components and progressive design language. These layers of textile are supported by flexible fibre glass rods held in tension by textile and brass connectors.The technical textile system has been developed in house over a period of 12 months after several iterations of prototyping and testing”.
The use of textile in a new context is a growing trend at the moment. Textiles add warmth and character to the space, which is important during austere times. Also new techniques can open avenues to product development. Process driven design is getting more popular with the new generation of designers, who are confident with technology and see it as an important embedded part of the creative process.