Top Drawer 2016
When a friend recently said that she was planning on visiting Top Drawer London and would I like to join her I leapt at the chance; a child free day of discovery! Brilliant!
I will start by telling you that I am absolutely over the moon that British textile brand Wallace & Sewell have launched a new upholstery fabric collection, in collaboration with DesignTex and sold via Vescom. Not only is it suitable for domestic use but my contract readers will be thrilled to hear that it meets UK contract specification.
Wallace & Sewell are not the only textile brand to get excited about at Top Drawer. British brand Thornback & Peel have launched several new screen printed designs including the charming Peas collection.
I was pleased to see Oral Kiely Home move some of their new designs away from her extremely successful Stem motif, her new animals are friendly and I especially like the ear shape on her elephant.
Away from textiles there are many ceramic brands bringing colour into the home. The new Joules Home collection, exhibited by Bliss Home has the colour pallet, imagery and playfulness that you would expect from the leading high street brand.
Last year I reviewed one of the bright and cheeky designs by Isak, their new collection has a much more muted colour pallet and features new joyful characters.
There was very little furniture to get excited about which was a shame, however, the work displayed by Danish brand Skagerak, which is distributed through Skandium, has a lovely attention to detail and contemporary simplicity. I will be putting their Norr tray firmly at the top of my wishlist! I am also charmed by their marketing which features images taken of their products being used in their customers home.
The two stands which amused me the most were Oliver Harvey who produce elegant chefs wear, including aprons, beautifully in the UK and whose helpful sales rep happily posed for my photograph, and Denmark based Krea Funk who had a stand in a rather dark corner but produced very neat music equipment and whose sales rep looked rather moody until he smiled for my shot.
I found several lovely new brands in the event’s ‘Spotted’ area including Aimee Bollu who produces very neat ceramic vessels which are modified by existing components in order to perform their task.
I also loved the illustrations produced by Ben Rothery, they are smart and neat and many of his designs buck the trend for whimsical feminine hand drawings which is now a rather saturated market.
Also my visit was rather whirlwind, 3 hours is not long enough to visit this event, I did manage to find time to listen to Alex O’Byrne, directer of We Make Websites, explain his 11 secrets to growing your business using e-commerce, I am already benefiting from his advice.
If you have time to visit Top Drawer there will be plenty to enjoy, I would love to hear which new brands you discover.