Top Drawer Autumn 2016 Arrives in Style
This weekend sees the arrival of Top Drawer Autumn 2016 at London’s Olympia. Over 700 exhibitors with a passion for design and quality, will showcase their latest products in 4 distinct show sectors.
From the quintessentially British to Europe’s most directional labels, each of Top Drawer’s exhibitors has been chosen for their outstanding design and originality.
With an expertly curated pick of the very best products and brands, Top Drawer Autumn 2016 is a space for creative retailers. A place to see and source the very best designs for the season ahead.
There will be lots to see and just 3 days to see it all, so today’s post is a sneak peek of the show’s must-see sectors and features; with a few must-see exhibitors thrown in for good luck.
The Show Sectors
Exceptional UK and international brands will be split into 4 main areas: Home, Gift, Fashion, and for the first time at the Autumn show, Craft.
For 2016 the Home arena will be 30% bigger than last autumn. Making good use of the extra space, we can expect to see exciting new homewares, furniture and lighting from leading brands and independent designers and makers.
Make International – Stand H-E29
Seletti – Stand H-F29a
Iris Hantverk AB – Stand H-B19
As always for the Autumn show, the Gifts sector has serious seasonal appeal. Top Drawer organisers have curated an exceptional choice of leading, design-led brands across the Gifts area; which comprises Giftware, Children’s, Wellbeing and Greetings & Stationery sections. Each of the areas will offer a diverse and innovative choice of new products for a sophisticated store offer.
Caroline Gardner Publishing – Stand F19
Pennychoo – Stand ZC11
Chase and Wonder – Stand L24
Top Drawer Autumn 2016 will also feature an entire floor dedicated to Fashion. A world class edit of design-led fashion, accessories and jewellery, ranging from cutting-edge to classic looks. This year, new features include a trend-led runway Fashion Show and a Jewellery UK Collections zone, which is sure to impress and inspire visitors.
Bcharmd – Stand 219
Helen Moore – Stand 303
Rachel Jackson – Stand 451
Responding to the increasing demand for high quality artisanal items, Craft makes its debut this year at Top Drawer’s autumn edition. Following a successful introduction and three year run at the spring shows, this curated showcase of handmade products will become a bi-annual feature going forward.
The Craft sector brings together talented makers from a broad range of disciplines carefully selected to show their wares; objects with heart, soul and individuality. Covering ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles, woodwork, prints, fashion and jewellery, there will be a wide array of unique and beautiful handmade pieces on offer.
Look out for:
Terri Leahy – Stand CR202
Rosa Pietsch – Stand CR302
Miranda Berrow – Stand CR205
Alongside the traditional exhibitor stands the show also has a number of extra features from speakers to trails. Here’s a quick look at some of Top Drawer Autumn 2016’s special features.
For the first time Top Drawer Autumn 2016 will incorporate PaperFest into its popular Greetings & Stationery section. Already attracting the very best brands, PaperFest adds another dimension of creativity to the mix; uniting inspiring designers, printers and makers alongside expert speakers, panel discussions and interviews.
Top Drawer Autumn 2016 will also host the very first PaperAwards, supported by paper manufacturer, G.F. Smith. Come back to the blog on Wednesday to find out more about the PaperAwards shortlist and winners.
New Design Talent
Spotted makes a welcome return to Top Drawer Autumn 2016. Curated by design journalist Charlotte Abrahams, this section introduces visitors to specially selected fresh new talent, whose market-ready products are on show for the first time. Come back later in the week to see my pick of must-see stands in the Spotted sector.
A firm show favourite, the Product GB Trail is organised by David Nicholls, Features Director at House & Garden magazine. Each of the products featured uses materials sourced in the UK, as well as being designed and produced locally.
Directed by Architect, Designer and TV presenter Oliver Heath, the ECO Trail enables buyers to seek out products with strong ethical and eco credentials.
Men Only (New for Autumn 2016)
Men Only is a skilful edit of products just for Him. This new Trail aims to help buyers pinpoint great, original men’s gifts and accessories at a range of price points across the show. Encompassing fashion, interiors, gifts, jewellery and stationery, the Men Only Trail will include stylish and quirky products designed to appeal to the modern man.
UK Only (New for Autumn 2016)
UK Debut will showcase Top Drawer’s commitment to introducing its visitors to the best of new design talent. In this brand new trail visitors will discover exciting international names who haven’t shown in the UK before.
Visiting Top Drawer Autumn 2016
With expertly curated exclusive brands and new products across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft makes Top Drawer Autumn 2016 one not to miss. The show runs from the 11th – 13th of September at London’s Olympia. Find out more and register for tickets at the Top Drawer website.