Keith Brymer Jones, judge of BBC2’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’, will return to Top Drawer next month, with live action at the wheel creating his signature ceramics.
During the Spring/Summer edition of the trade show, he drew huge crowds at the entrance to the Home section of the event, and later spoke about his life as a potter and how the television programme has changed the ceramics industry.
Organised by Clarion Events, the Autumn/Winter edition of Top Drawer will be held at London Olympia from September 11 to September 13,
Billed as ‘the world’s only curated lifestyle show,’ Top Drawer encompasses four sections featuring the latest products from hundreds of UK and international brands: Home, Gift, Fashion, and – for the first time at the Autumn/Winter edition – Craft.
The Home arena is 30% bigger than last autumn and includes homewares, furniture and lighting products from exhibitors such as Alessi, Also Home, Au Maison, Black+Blum, Canvas Home, Forma House, Garden Trading, Leonardo, Makers & Merchants, Make International, Stelton, Skandium and Umbra – plus first time exhibitors Bed & Philosophy, Edito, Erstwhile, Nuf Nuf, Vanilla Fly and Yod & Co.
The Gift section comprises Giftware, Children’s, Wellbeing and Greetings & Stationery. Key giftware brands include Rice, Cubic, Chase & Wonder, Caroline Gardner, Kikkerland, Nkuku, Miss Etolie, Phaidon, Rice, Scandi Chic and Wild & Wolf.
With an entire floor dedicated to Fashion, Top Drawer will present design-led fashion, accessories and jewellery, alongside a runway fashion show.
Responding to increasing demand for high quality artisanal items with provenance, Craft will make its debut at the autumn edition. Following its three-year run at the spring edition of Top Drawer, this curated showcase of handmade products will become a bi-annual feature of the autumn event.
Covering ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles, woodwork, prints, fashion and jewellery, there will be a wide array of handmade pieces on offer.
Also new for Autumn/Winter will be the introduction of Men Only and UK Debut trails.
Men Only is an edit of products exclusively for Him. This trail aims to help visitors pinpoint original men’s gifts and accessories at a range of price points across the show.
UK Debut will showcase Top Drawer’s commitment to introducing visitors to international names who haven’t shown in the UK.
Established features the Product GB Trial and ECO Trail will also return, led respectively by ‘House & Garden’ features director David Nicholls and architect, designer and TV presenter Oliver Heath.
These trials enable buyers to seek out products made using materials sourced in the UK, which are designed and produced locally – and those with strong ethical and eco credentials.
‘Spotted’ also makes a revisit to Top Drawer. Curated by design journalist Charlotte Abrahams, this section introduces buyers to specially selected fresh new talent, whose market-ready products are on show for the first time.
Buyers can register for a free pass to the Autumn/Winter 2016 edition of Top Drawer, and find full event information at www.topdrawer.co.uk
Keith Brymer Jones in action at the Spring/Summer edition of the Top Drawer show