Top Drawer: my picks
September show time is now firmly upon us and the London Design Festival kicks off on the 17th of September. As an gentle introduction to the show season I started yesterday by attending Top Drawer over in Olympia. Thankfully this show is a few days before the main rush of shows when design folk often don’t have time to draw breath. I actually haven’t attended the show for a few years but it seemed to be promising a good offering in the Home section this year.
I’m featuring three of my favourite suppliers here, all new to me and offering perfect products for modern interiors. As I attend the other shows throughout LDF this month I’ll be featuring products from each show.
First off, as I’m naturally drawn to anything from Scandinavia, and even more so if it’s glassware I literally ran towards the Lyngby Porcelain stand. The exquisite colours of the glass and the simple design pulled me in. The Lyngby vase was originally introduced in 1936 in porcelain and is influenced by the Bauhaus movement. Since 2011 it has been available in coloured glass. I’m a huge fan of the blue and green version of the vases, and also the new dusky pink one. Little Green have just launched a new Pink collection of paint colours and a Lyngby vase in soft pink would be a perfect accent accessory. Head over to their website to see more, their products have gone straight on my wish list and are now available in the UK for the first time.
We have another Scandinavian offering for my second choice, A.U Maison. Based in Denmark the brand has all the home accessories you could ever want. It was this set of three nesting tables that immediately drew me to their stand. Over the last couple of years we have been including more metallics in our interiors with copper and brass coming into favour again. You can find the full range of products on their website.
My final choice is closer to home. Up in the “Spotted” section of the show I found Lara Gorlach, a print textile designer based in London. After originally offering bespoke screen-printing the studio now offers products featuring a wide range of textile products using luxury linens and cottons. I loved the variety in the colourful patterns on display on this stand. The good news is that all the products are designed, printed and made in the UK.
I tried to restrict this post to just three suppliers but I found so many others that deserve a brief mention. Other exhibitors to seek out include GillmoreSpace (great furniture), Cozy Living Copenhagen (everything for perfect hygge), Stuart Gardiner (fun tea towels – I want the cheese lovers one) and Bungalow Denmark (yes, more amazing glassware). Finally, the cutest product without a doubt was the solar wooden nightlights from Lumilight. Their founder Chris Champion made the first Lumilight for his daughter and there are now fifteen designs in their collection. Arriving flatpacked they are made in the UK and can be assembled in minutes. The solar powered light comes on at dusk – and who says they are only for children ….?
Next week the fun starts with Focus, Decorex, 100% Design, Design Junction and the London Design Fair. To keep up to date with our show discoveries throughout September subscribe to all our blog updates now by clicking this link.