The only good thing to come out of January – Top Drawer and Home London have been on (woo hoo!). I flew down first thing on Sunday with the lovely Holly (aka Holly Brown designs) and what a day we had. Olympia was the new venue for the design show this year, a much better venue in my opinion. The stands were well laid out and there was a great feeling of space with the spectacular domed ceilings. I was excited to look for some new talent for the SOOuK shop and I was not disappointed. Over 700 hand selected Iconic designers and manufacturers of lifestyle and fashion products, many new and exclusive to Top Drawer. One of my new favourites includes Above and Beyond founded in 2011 by Claudia Pape. A Graphic Designer by trade, she has a simple monochrome pallet throughout, (are you surprised I like it?!), prints, plates and bedding – all gorgeous. She creates ideas and concepts that go beyond simply applying a graphic or pattern to an item. Whether it is to connect two pillow cases to form a unit, or turn two plates into a set telling the time, there is always a reason behind what she does, her stand really stood out above (and beyond) the rest.
Another stand that I was completely blown away by was Skagerk. The styling on this stand was phenomenal with modern white tiles grouted in black, succulents and brass accessories made this one a clear winner for me. Is it natural to get this excited about furniture? This Danish company famous for many pieces, but more recently Skagerak’s prizewinning Georg series. I fell madly in love with Christina Liljenberg Halstrom’s console table and stool a while back. It was quite a moment being able to see and touch it. This season Skagerak has extended the series with three new items in untreated oak. But it’s the black one for me.
International had a very striking lighting display again this year – I went looking for it as it was a real highlight last time! I actually NEED their industrial apollo white lights in my life. So beautiful and I love the idea of mixing and matching to get a different effect, just a brilliant design.
We spent 5 hours walking round, meeting companies and seeing all of their new ideas. I would highly recommend any design lover a visit to Top Drawer and Home London when it next comes round in September. I am over whelmed by the wealth of design talent at top drawer this year. A little look in side the best Top Drawer ever.