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Spotted at Top Drawer

By EM on January 16, 2015 in Exhibitions, Industry Approved

Earlier this week we headed over to Top Drawer to check out the talent at Spotted, a section of the show curated by Charlotte Abrahams. Charlotte seeks out new, original and market-ready designers who have never shown before; Spotted gives them their first taste of a trade show with an international audience. Here are our favourites.

Would you know your octahedron from your icosahedron?  These gorgeous bone china and 9ct gold mugs are made in Stoke-on-Trent; their geometric patterns are based on the Platonic Solids, a series of five solid shapes named after the Ancient Greek thinker Plato. There are five mugs in the series; the designs represent the elements earth, air, fire, water, and a mysterious fifth element.  Educational AND beautiful.

Platonic Solids mugs by Alfred & Wilde; £16 each or £80 for a set of 5.

Its about time the humble tissue box got a radical makeover, and that’s exactly what Samantha Dumont has done with her brand Atissu.  Working with Ali Loopz (who created the cute Animal faces) and Emily Naismith (the Stripe and Chevron graphics), Atissu has made the practical desirable, and what’s more, it is all made in the UK.

Atissu boxes from £4.50 each, available HERE from 20th January 2015.

We loved the detail and precision of illustrator Josie Shenoy’s work. Her intricate cards, prints and textiles in a subtle palette of vintage tones really caught our eye.  Josie is based at Cockpit Arts, and her work has been commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, the Design Museum, Somerset House, and Made.com amongst others.


We are stationery addicts over here at Industry towers, so when we saw the fresh graphics and pretty florals from Berinmade we were smitten.  The husband and wife team behind this new paper goods company are soon to launch their wedding stationery range – watch this space!


Stationery brand i am a made us smile with their cheerful products and fun attitude. Fresh from their Christmas pop-up at Old Street, they showed cockney rhyming slang and biscuit themed pencils alongside cute metallic badges and supermarket-themed totes.


Pops of opaque colour on natural linen made these textiles from designer Gail Bryson satisfyingly ‘contrasty’.  Gail explained that she preferred the way the ink sits on the surface of the linen, preventing it from becoming too floppy.  As well as the cushions, we loved the zippered pouches and lavender bags.


We are partial to a bit of embroidery, and Nancy Nicholson’s designs pick up on a contemporary folk trend that is happening right now.  In addition to her embroidery kits, there are colouring cards and 3D card designs.  Flat-packed and perfectly postable, they make great gifts for kids of all ages. Nancy’s blog also has some great tutorials and ideas.


We got serious pinboard envy looking at Heidi Nicole Design’s stand!  Beautiful stationery, lovely script and a touch of copper here and there really appealed to us. We can’t wait for the online shop to open!