Trade fair Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2017 has revealed a preview of its Spotted feature area.
Organised by Clarion Events, the event will be held from January 15 to January 17 at London’s Olympia, and will include Spotted: a hand-picked showcases of businesses new to the exhibition.
Spotted is curated by journalist Charlotte Abrahams, who aims to highlight buyers with brands that tap into key design trends. Forty companies have been selected for their originality, quality and the commercial viability of their products.
Charlotte said: “Spotted just goes from strength to strength and this edition promises to be the most exciting yet. There’s something for every Top Drawer sector from chic, modernist homewares and letterpress stationery, to delicate filigree jewellery, hand-made candles and fabulous floral shirts. There is so much creative talent in this country and I’m delighted to be working with Clarion Events to bring the best of that talent to Top Drawer.”
She said ‘ones to watch’ in the housewares sector include:
* ANIMACONTEMPORANEA: a new brand that will debut its collection of giftware. An Italian-based company producing hand-crafted accessories in wood and glass, Charlotte said its “appealing collection is minimal and functional, with an emphasis on the strength and beauty of the natural materials it works with”.
*Duck Ceramics: an independent pottery studio in Brighton that will present its collection of “delicate craftsmanship, which features simplicity and function at its core”. Alice Duck hand-makes porcelain tableware by slip casting from bespoke moulds that she has designed, giving each piece its own unique character.
*Libby Ballard Ceramics: ceramicist Libby Ballard will showcase her range of coastal inspired vessels. All her work is hand-thrown in speckled stoneware clay and finished with a blend of mixed glazes in blue and green tones “creating a collection that is a pleasure to both look at and use”.
*Laura Knight Studio: Laura Knight is a pattern maker and designer of stationery and art prints who draws inspiration from graphic contrasts in pattern, colour and raw materials. Inspired by post-war brutalist British architecture in her home town of Sheffield, Laura will launch a homewares range inspired by images of the lost playgrounds of the social housing blocks.
Trade buyers and press are invited to register online for the show at www.topdrawer.co.uk