Look Out For These Exciting New International Designers
The Autumn / Winter edition of trade show Top Drawer revealed lots of amazing products in the world of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. The show also played host to a number of new international designers that were bringing their stylish products to the UK for the first time.
Top Drawer’s UK Debut trail showcased 30 exhibitors that were taking part in their very first trade show. From greeting cards and gifts to fashion and homewares, the new international designers brought a host of design-led, innovative products.
In today’s post were taking a look at my top 12 picks, designers from across the globe that you should definitely keep on your radar in the future.
A Closer Look at 12 Top International Designers
The Burel Factory was created with the purpose of giving a new life to Portuguese traditions and develop the rural industries of the mountain of Serra da Estrela in Portugal. Owners, Isabel and João, use a traditional wool fabric, Burel, in a variety of colours and textures applied to accessories and homewares. Alongside their own range, Burel Factory also works with Portuguese designers, to create surprising pieces full of colour and contemporary style.
Greek srtist Chrysa Koukoura works in fine-line pen on paper, creating detailed black and white drawings that pull the viewer in for a closer look. The current collection includes a range of hand screen-printed prints, alongside a set of greeting cards adorned with her artwork.
Sweden’s Eduards Accessories is all about bags, bracelets and purses. The work of architect and designer Cecilia Eduards, the range is inspired by Swedish nature and traditional Nordic craft and building techniques. Each of the finished pieces is made out of fine vegetable tanned leather, to create long-lasting items that will last for years.
Designers Erstwhile publish a range of exclusively licensed reproductions of mid-century wall maps, and rare vintage botanical and zoological charts; aiming to preserve the beauty of imperfection and decay that comes with age and use. Their artworks are lovingly restored to their original beauty, or preserved in their found state to retain vintage character.
French brand GAB&LOU is a young company who aim to make children and their family happy with original, personal presents. The adventure started with La Chouette Famille, a group of handmade owls that represent a family. Their current range has branched out to incorporate more colours and characters across a variety of homewares.
MOR strives to be a leading creator of bath, body and lifestyle products. The result is special ranges that are admired globally by consumers and the beauty insiders alike. MOR’s philosophy is to provide a unique sensory journey, where an everyday practice turns into an indulgent daily ritual.
Nadja Wedin Design
Swedish artist and designer Nadja Wedin creates products such as fabrics, cushion covers, trays, trivets, cutting boards and coasters. Made in Sweden the collection focuses on quality. Each product is decorated with a vivid, artistic world, which sees all of nature in a truly unique style.
Estonia’s Nufnuf is a brand that offers smart and stylish products for dogs. The Nufnuf range aims to improve the lives of dogs and dog lovers by making cosy, safe products. In Autumn 2016 they will launch a new product line, Nufnuf Natural, for dogs allergic to man made materials, and for dogs owners who want a healthy lifestyle.
Hartovasilion – Paperkingdom
Hartovasilion – Paperkingdom is a band of creative brothers – Christos, Lefteris and Antonis – who have brought a family legacy of design into the modern era. Uniting with the best graphic designers in Greece, Hartovasilion – Paperkingdom create paper products that elevate a humble material to objects with unique designer status.
SOPHIA is a brand which strives to evoke Greek heritage and culture, through modern design, ethical trade and collaboration. From stationery to homewares, almost all SOPHIA’s products are handmade in Greece. Their range combines, colour, type and graphics for a unique style.
Swedish ceramics brand Sthål AB founders Susanna Theander and Helena Åkesson-Liedberg are two international designers and stylists with a passion for food and good company. Their unique collection of ceramics finds inspiration in oriental pattern and ornament. Today the range includes: bowls, plates and platters; available in a selection of Scandi-influenced hues that add style and beauty to any home.
VanillaFly is a fresh interior decoration and gift brand. Based just outside Copenhagen, VanillaFly is the brainchild of Helle Dittler and Merethe Lyck. A brand with edge, VanillaFly has a wide range of cool products from jewellery to homewares, each with a distinct style which aims to inspire people.