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Finalists announced for PaperAwards

Top Drawer announces the finalists of the prestigious PaperAwards, supported by G.F Smith, ahead of their September show

With five finalists selected in each of the three categories – Exciting use of Colour, Engaging Print and Emotive Design – the retail industry are now asked to vote for their favourites, with winners to be announced on 4 September.

As this season’s PaperAwards received more submissions than ever before; the judging panel, formed by industry experts including Hazel Walker from Paperchase, Emma Hawkins from Fortnum & Mason, Carly Pearson from Sainsburys, Holly Tucker, Co-Founder of and Holly & Co, Cara Wyatt at Selfridges, Lucy Edmonds, Founder of Quill London, Audrey Woollen from Urbanic, Neal Whittington of Present & Correct, David Hicks of Really Good and Janet Stevens and Mark Jessett, Paper Consultants for G.F Smith, reported on the high-quality of entries. The finalists are:

Exciting use of colour
Rhombus & Pineapple
The Completist
Scout Editions
Emily Brooks (shown)
Lorna Syson

Engaging print
Wanderlust Paper Co.
1973 LTD
UWP Luxe
Studio Wald

Emotive design
Small World
Pressed and Folded
Petra Boase
Stormy Knight
Katie Leamon

Judge and Top Drawer Event Director, Alejandra Campos says: 'The PaperAwards were created to celebrate creativity, design and innovation within the Greetings & Stationery industry, and this season's submissions certainly delivered on all three. The quality of entries has been exceptional, so I'm sure I can speak for all of the judges when I say that I'm thankful that it is the industry's vote that will decide the winners, and not us.'

All finalists will have their work featured at the heart of the Greetings & Stationery area. Each winner will receive a prize worth £1000.

Over 90 carefully curated designers and publishers will showcase their new ranges in Greeting & Stationery at Top Drawer this September, names include All the Ways to Say, Apple & Clover, Art Angels, Katie Leamon, Bexy Boo, Caroline Gardner, Cath Tate Cards, Dicky Bird, Earlybird Designs, Emily Brooks, Five Dollar Shake, Hex & Ginger, Hunky Dory Designs, Hotchpotch, Imogen Owen, Portico Designs, 1973, Jade Fisher, Kate Guest, Le Typography, Linen Prints, Moggymeg, Old English Company, Pavilion, Pieskot, Rifle Paper Co, Roger La Borde, Wrap, and Rhombus & Pineapple.

Held at Olympia London from 9-11 September, Top Drawer presents an exclusive curated selection of over 1000 international design-led brands across nine curated disciplines. Buyers are now invited to register online.

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