Top Drawer, Olympia

Top Drawer, Olympia

Eco-friendly and fair trade homewares by Dassie, handcrafted by artisans in the developing world.

I hope that your month of March started nicely friends; I spent shy of a week back home in Provence for my Dad’s birthday and when I got back to London this week we were graced by the timid arrival of Spring, which has been lovely. Of course I had a couple of shoots planned today and did a double-take when I woke up bright and early only to realise that the London weather thought differently!

Forecast all grey today and for a few days to come, but at least I’m working from home on Monday and Tuesday so I hope to catch a little bit of light in the morning and lunchtime hours, we’ll see. If so, I have a few nice projects coming up on the blog that I know you will enjoy. Other than that, these last few days I’ve been mostly catching up with work and life admin and tackled a much needed cleanup of my laptop folders, which is how I unearthed this photo-diary from my visit to Top Drawer earlier in the year.

Truth is, I had such a great time at this Spring/Summer Home and Design Trade Show and met a number of interesting brands who were showcasing their product range but the lighting at the venue was very challenging and it made it hard to grab some good shots, so please excuse the shadows and lesser quality of the pictures below, I promise this is actually the half-decent part of the bunch that I could wrestle with.

Maria Allen Top Drawer

Handmade jewellery by British label Maria Allen, using reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood.

Mini Moderns Top Drawer

Bit of a fan-girl moment with the design duo behind Mini Moderns, whom I saw speak at Blogtacular last year.

Sewlomax Top Drawer

Explosion of colours and wonderfully whimsical accessories at the Sewlomax stall.

Alfred & Wilde Top Drawer

I loved the prints, patterns and textures at the heart of the Alfred & Wilde product range.

Jansen + co Top Drawer

I chatted with Dutch brand Jansen + Co, whose pieces combine classic shapes and a modern colour palette.

Otago Designs Top Drawer

Ethical label Otago Design had a beautiful range of interior accessories produced with artisans from East Africa.

Furniture Finds Top Drawer

And finally, my two furniture crushes were for the contemporary pieces of Universo Positivo and Skagerak.

If you’re interested in discovering new and established talents in the world of interiors, home and design, I would recommend having a browse at the directory from the January show, keeping an eye on Twitter as they announce participating brands to the next edition in September and booking your ticket in advance. I stayed for about six hours on the day and would have liked to have a whole other day to chat to more makers; that’s how good the selection was.

Top Drawer: Autumn / Winter ’15
Next edition: September 13th to 15th
Olympia, London

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March 18, 2015

Oh my Gosh everything is so pretty - I'm lusting over the yellow & grey combinations of Mini Moderns and I LOVE the Alfred Wilde mugs! x

Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

March 18, 2015

Thank you for this post, I found myself wishing there were more photos of the furniture you liked !
To give me some ideas for my new apartment !

March 24, 2015

Thank you for commenting Jasiminne and Meli, so glad you liked the post. Always happy to spot lovely pieces for readers, and I hope you will have a great time furnishing and decorating your new apartment, that's exactly what made me so addicted to homewares!

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