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Spotted at Top Drawer

Curated by Charlotte Abrahams, this is the favourite hunting ground of style scouts with an eye for the most dynamic rising stars

Designed to provide buyers with innovative, market ready brands that tap into key design trends, Spotted presents the most exciting names across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. Featuring 48 budding innovators that are making their debut at a trade show for the very first time and selected for their originality, quality and the commercial viability of their products; Spotted is where adventure in design really begins.

'Curating the biannual Spotted section at Top Drawer is both a joy and a privilege as it brings me into contact with so many talented designers. I am looking for well made, considered products that combine freshness and innovation with a commercial edge and I was spoiled for choice when selecting for this edition. There will 48 brands showing under the Spotted umbrella in September, none of whom have been seen at a trade fair before, making this an unrivalled celebration of the new.' Charlotte Abrahams, Spotted Curator.

Ones to watch include:
alijoedesigns | SP223
alijoedesigns arrives in Spotted, best known for its playful collections of contemporary fine bone china tableware that are as functional as they are beautiful. Often surreal, sometimes kitsch and always witty, the original, whimsical designs give a sought after contemporary twist to the classic, decorative plate. By using a variety of images juxtaposed with the original designs, the plates are designed to work individually or in pairs. Some are matched, others are mismatched adding to the charm of this upcycled décor, but all are guaranteed to be a talking point and to raise a smile when displayed on a wall. Every piece is unique, defining this collectable, decorative range.

Plane | SP100
Using authentic reclaimed aircraft parts, from both military and civilian aircraft steeped in history, ultra innovative brand Plane takes pride in exploring the most creative ways to breathe new life into these remarkable feats of engineering to design and create pieces that will stand the test of time. Introducing its luggage range at Top Drawer AW17, including ‘The Weekender’ which incorporates up-cycled aircraft seating fabric into its stylish design. Perfect for a few nights away, work or play, it is spacious and practical. Sporting a padded pocket for your laptop and zippered compartments to stow valuables, the fully lined Weekender is quilted for luxury and added protection and durability. The luggage line also includes ‘The Rucksack’ and ‘The Messenger’ to accommodate the daily demands of a hectic lifestyle.

Too Many PJs | SP99
Too Many PJs is an innovative children’s brand created for expectant and new parents with an eye for style, offering their little one’s playtime accessories of a quality and design level to match the rest of their home that are ethically made using environmentally friendly materials. The AW17 collection is inspired by leading a slow lifestyle with a colour palette based on natural elements and the added ‘fun factor’ is influenced by the founder’s own son’s evolving interests; be it trains, cars or animals.

Coggle and Bear | SP024
Combining a love of handmade images with a bespoke digital twist, Coggle and Bear was founded in 2016 by award-winning Royal Academy of Art graduate Lucy Coggle. Her work is held in the Royal Collection as well as numerous private collections around the world. Lucy’s trademark baby footprint animal designs which make the perfect keepsake will be showcased alongside a new and exciting collection of fine art prints, greeting cards, tea towels and printing kits for children. A varied offering that is all linked by high quality, original artwork, and a strong sense of purpose behind each product.

Yogibeings | SP104
Yogibeings is a wellness brand that is set to launch a product range including stylish copper water bottles that will be the envy of any fellow yogi. Aside from tapping into a key trend, copper promotes many health benefits as it is naturally antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The supercharged copper ions engage your digestion, joint health and red blood cells, so this really is the ultimate must-have water bottle to aid wellness and style simultaneously.

In addition to Spotted, Top Drawer encompasses the beautifully curated worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion, Craft and Food, with the AW17 edition offering extraordinary scope for buyers across all lifestyle sectors. From gifts to interior accessories, lighting to stationery, furniture to fashion accessories, Top Drawer is where the best brands launch their new ranges in the UK ensuring the most exclusive design-led destination for successful lifestyle buyers.

Top Drawer will be held on 10-12 September 2017 at London Olympia. Trade buyers and press are now invited to register online at www.topdrawer.co.uk.


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