Lane's favourite finds from Top Drawer
On Tuesday we spent the day at Top Drawer, the homeware, gift and fashion trade show held at Kensington's Olympia. We had a very busy day of showroom and workshop visits, so couldn't get around all of the stands, but here are a few of our design highlights. It was great to find brands who are focused on the provenance of their materials and committed to expert craftsmanship.
Oliver Harvey Ltd
Chefswear company Oliver Harvey design and make these sturdy, well designed aprons in their factory in Manchester. We loved how they came wrapped in tissue paper in their display tins.
It was great to meet Leicester-based ceramicist Sue Pryke and see her beautiful collection of earthenware and terracotta accessories. Perfect colours, feel and shape.
Printmaker and textile artist The Owlery designs his animal themed homeware and gift collection not far from us in Sheffield. He designs and prints his own screen prints in his studio too!
Feldspar is a new homeware accessories company based in Devon that creates thoughtfully designed objects. The couple select expert craftsmen from around Britain to make their fine bona china mugs, cups and candles. Check out their Moor Candles which use 100% soy wax and natural essential oil and are hand dipped in Devon. They come in beautiful boxes made with GF Smith paper, too!
We had to spend quite a lot of time looking at the wooden accessories from Skagerak. The Scandinavian interiors and furniture company uses a variety of different wood. All of their objects have a lovely smooth finish and are paired with other subtle and high quality materials.
We must also mention the accessories at Stelton, a Scandinavian homeware company that built itself on Arne Jacobsen's 'Cylinda-line' and Erik Magnussen's coffee vaccuum jug. We liked their new designs too - stylish colourways and sleek form. We wanted it all.
We also had our eyes peeled for Top Drawer's 'Product GB' sticker that recognised the 'GB Trail' of all of the brands with designs made using UK sourced materials awarded by House & Gardens' Features Director David Nicholls.