Organised by Clarion Events, the London exhibition was held at Olympia from May 14 to May 16. It featured giftware, ‘modern living’ and fashion accessories’, with a strong emphasis on emerging designer-makers and new launches.
The Awards were judged by a panel of experts comprising Kirsty Whyte, product and design manager of homeware chain Heal’s; Rebecca Hossain, head of retail and publishing of The Design Museum; Katie Law, deputy literary editor and writer (features and homes & property) of regional newspaper ‘The London Evening Standard’; Christina Schmidt, owner and co-founder of christinasinteriors.com and homeware retailer Skandium; and Geraldine Wharry, fashion forecaster and designer.
Best Newcomer Award
Judge: Christina Schmidt
Winner: Gift and wellbeing brand Liten Jizo for ‘great graphics, clean presentation and great brand values’.
Runner up: Kotten pine cone firelighters
Best Brand Presentation Award
Judge: Rebecca Hossain
Winner: Home interiors brand Jen Rowland ‘for a clear, cohesive offer which really stood out amongst others’
Runner up: Accessories by Acorn and Will
Best New Product – Living – Award
Judge: Kirsty Whyte
Winner: Yod & Co’s Salad Bowl – ‘for its simple yet innovative design’
Runner up: Block’s Calendar
Best New Product – Fashion – Award
Judge: Geraldine Wharry
Winner: Ziko Africa ‘for the use of both modern and traditional jewellery techniques and celebration of Masai jewellery’
Runner up: Giada Giachino
Best New Product – Makers – Award
Judge: by Katie Law
Winner: Stationery and greetings cards by A L’aise
Runner up: Interiors and greetings brand Zeal Illustration
People’s Choice Award
Judge: Six finalists were nominated for the People’s Choice Award, and the voting was done via social media #LiketoVote.
Winner: hand-painted Bowie Doorstop from Wedgi
Runner up: Lucy Tiffney’s hand painted wallpaper design
Pulse returns next year from May 15 to May 18 at Olympia London. www.pulse-london.com
Yod and Co’s salad bowl won the Best Product Living Pulse Award