Top Drawer 2016 – Olympia
I love days like today. No deadlines. No rushing. Nothing but a whole load of interior inspiration with some really lovely company. Top Drawer is a mecca for retailers to come and see what’s new for Spring and Summer 2016 from homewares and fashions to crafter’s wares and gifting. If you buy cards for a shop this is the place you need to come. There’s tons of talent to choose from.
As an Interior Stylist I get to come and see what wholesalers are going to be selling and therefore what products I can shoot in the coming months. It’s a great place to source new furniture, accessories and news-page worthy items and make new contacts at the same time.
The event which was at Olympia was larger this year than last and the look of the stand designs were fantastic – lots of peeling wood- my fave, scaffolding planks and large wooden shelving units. I could have shopped till I dropped. Luckily wholesale purchases only were the name of the game or I might have had to re-mortgage!
There were a lot of companies I was really impressed with but here in no particular order are some.
Helaina Sharpley’s wirework art is just incredible. What looks like a fine drawing in pen is actually thin wire bent and twisted into a design. On display were large pieces including a large landscape of Scarboro and 3D tea cups hanging on hooks – all made with intricate wire detailing. Helaina was there and was all smiles. It was lovely to meet her. I think she’ll be featured a lot in 2016. So original and unless you are seriously talented and patient un-copyable. www.helainasharpley-wirework-artist.co.uk/
There’s something about Rice.dk that just keeps me coming back for more. I don’t know whether it’s the pretty designs, the fact that they can introduce yet another cake stand that I just have to add to my obsessive collection or that they keep adding new unexpected items to their range – like wallpapers coming to the UK soon. Contact Eijffinger.com for more details about UK Stockists.
When it came to the stationary there were so many to choose from. I don’t have a huge amount of call for cards unless it’s Christmas but as I was reading some of them I was literally laughing out loud. They are hysterical. Faves included Doodles from Allihopatrade.co.uk and Ruth Jackson‘s pencil shaving cards as seen above.
So, I’m feeling all inspired and looking forward to sharing with you all the new fabrics and wallpapers I discovered today, but till then I hope this has inspired you.
p.s- See Mr Achica I do talk about Interiors as well as Cake!EmmaMT