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Top Drawer Trade Show

On the 12th January I went to Top Drawer, a trade show which showcases ‘design-led gifts, lifestyle and fashion accessories’. It was the first time I’d been to something like this and it was really inspiring! I made some notes and took some photos of the stands that I particularly liked and I thought I would share them with you! I definitely felt like I wanted to be a designer-maker after I’d been.

Atomic Soda do 60s style homeware, which I really like.

P1030263IMAG1334(I’m pretty sure this is Atomic Soda – I didn’t label my photos from the day)

Broste Copenhagen had a really nice display on one end of their ends

IMAG1332Akin and Suri do really nice textiles.

Akin & Suri(image source)

Wild and Wolf, which my old shop used to stock, do some cool retro-style phones and other gifty type things.


Magpie seem to have a collection called Jay, which I really liked – it reminded me of Charley Harper, who I love. I especially love the colour palette here.

IMAG1348Zoe Attwell has some lovely, lovely textiles.

Zoe AttwellZoe Attwell 2
(images source)

Gail Bryson has some lovely textiles and prints, and look at her flyer! So cute!


Orla Kiely had a stand. I love Orla Kiely.

IMAG1344No prizes for guessing why I liked Poppy Treffry’s products…..

Poppy Treffry(image source)

One of the best discoveries I made was Dassie, who make eco-friendly and fair trade homewares which are beautiful as well as functional. And look how many people are in their stand!

IMAG1351Anna Jacobs has some amazing cushions and lampshades – especially the flamingo ones, and I love the lamps with the clear bases and the visible wires!

Anna Jacobs 2Anna Jacobs(images source)

Annabel Perrin has some really cool designs – and check out her business card!

I was really pleased to see Noodoll there because they have done a collaboration with The Boyfriend’s dad. They make some cute monsters:

P1030272And there are these artist bookmarks (on the right hand page), designed by Clifford Richards (The Boyfriend’s dad)

There are so many more I could mention, but this is already a super long post! A lot of these are ceramics designers – I found myself equally drawn to ceramics and textiles.
Ola Stationery
Mini Moderns

Heather Alstead
Hannah Turner
Layla Faye
Grace and Favour
Laura Slater
Olivia McGill
Rachel Dormor
Emma Lacey

I don’t think I would have come across most of these designers/companies if I hadn’t gone to Top Drawer, so it was well worth going! Plus I got a day out of the shop and got to look at pretty things for a whole day – that can’t be a bad thing!