Don’t Miss These New Designers at Top Drawer
Now firmly fixed as one of Top Drawer’s main draws, the new designers showcase ‘Spotted’ has helped over 80 up-and-coming businesses make their all-important trade show debut.
Building on its growing success, this Autumn’s Spotted unites a rare and exciting collection of new design talent. Featuring 40 hand-picked new businesses, Spotted will be the best place to discover new products made with skill and originality.
Curator Charlotte Abrahams said of this Autumn’s pick:
“Spotted just goes from strength to strength. I am constantly amazed by how much creative talent there is in the UK and I’m delighted to be able to introduce some of that talent to an international retail audience.”
While I’d love to show you all 40 of the new designers chosen for Spotted, that would take a while. Instead I’ve picked a favourite dozen to preview; new designers with distinct style and exciting products that are well worth seeking out if you’re visiting Olympia this weekend.
New Designers to Seek Out
Bobbie Print – Stand SP214
Founded by designer Victoria Oatway, Bobbie Print create hand-pulled, screen prints and home accessories. Bringing together the authenticity of traditional hand screen printing techniques with a playful design aesthetic. Bobbie Print’s products appeal to those looking for a unique and more personal interior style.
Dedal – Stand SP111
Dedal makes homeware that aims to bring charisma to every home. Inspired by traditional Portuguese roots, each of their products is ‘carefully handled by happy hands’. They create amazing homeware products which are unique and practical, yet designed to make daily routines simpler and happier.
DesignK – Stand SP211
DesignK features graphical and artful objects created by Byung, a London based designer. Geometrical forms and shapes define each of the objects, with designs bringing tradition to modern styles. Each of the products are crafted by hand in small batches, creating a limited edition every time.
Forever Funny – Stand: SP203
Forever Funny is home to lovely greeting cards designed by Gloucestershire-based artist and illustrator Anastassia Neislotova. With a passion for drawing and making people smile, Forever Funny believes every single card they make has got a little soul and comes alive with the love they add.
History Heroes – Stand SP217
History Heroes are award winning card games that entertain and educate all ages about a variety of topics. Winners of Junior Magazine’s Best Toy Design award (and many others) the games are a great way of having fun and learning along the way. The newest History Heroes game will launch in September, just in time for Top Drawer.
JOLT – Stand SP117
JOLT is a new homeware brand with products from social enterprise, Designs in Mind. The products are created by a diverse group of makers referred through mental health services. JOLT challenges the low expectations which surround their makers and ask us all to take another look. 100% of sales revenue goes towards continuing the work of Designs in Mind.
Kate Slater – Stand SP204
Kate Slater designs rich stationery, gift wrap and homewares with wildlife themes. Working in collage, Kate repurposes paper, magazines and anything else she can snip up. All of the designs are made here in the UK, with paper goods using either recycled or FSC certified paper.
Lara Görlach – Stand Sp101
Printed textile designer Lara Görlach runs her London design studio with 10 years industry experience. Originally offering a bespoke screen-printing service, the studio has evolved to create its own home and lifestyle brand. Lara’s designs draw from both organic and natural forms, set side by side with solid lines and clever repeat shapes.
Lauren Dickinson Clarke – Stand SP219
Lauren Dickinson Clarke is a surrealist illustrator who believes she is both blessed and cursed with an overactive imagination. With a dream-like collection of illustrated tableware; Lauren aims to elevate every room into a whimsical, artistic experience. Each piece is made in Stoke-on-Trent, at the heart of the UK ceramics industry.
One & Eight – Stand SP222
One & Eight is an indie Jewellery Company. From their studio in Devon they design jewellery that is unique, elegant and ‘just a little bit different’. Their pieces include a mix of porcelain and fine metals. One & Eight believe jewellery is a little luxury so every element of their designs (right down to the quirky packaging) is made to be extra special.
Papio Press – Stand SP213
Papio Press is an online business that creates illustrated gifts and stationery. Each of the products is designed by Harry and Zanna Goldhawk and printed in the UK by other small firms. With a background in illustration Papio Press ensure their products capture the imagination and tell a magical story.
Tabitha Mary – Stand SP220
Tabitha May is a Graphic Designer creating prints inspired by the old Railway Posters and the shipping forecast. Her niche is in places of local interest and adventure. With a hint of nostalgia, Tabitha’s prints are a lovely way to decorate any space.
How to See these New Designers
This year’s Top Drawer Autumn runs from the 11th – 13th of September at London’s Olympia. Find out more and register for tickets at the Top Drawer website.