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Top Drawer Spring 2018: Show Highlights – Porter and Brawn

Top Drawer Spring 2018: Show Highlights

Top Drawer Spring 2018: Show Highlights
1Chive at Top Drawer Spring/ Summer 2018

After Heimtexil the next trade show in our calendar is Top Drawer Spring/Summer 18.  This is an event for UK and International lifestyle brands which are curated into different categories – Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.

Unlike Heimtextil, Top Drawer does not present trends in a physical display however the team do create some trend collections which they present online and in publications – check them out here.  Top Drawer is a great place to see new product launches and get a good feel for new trends soon to hit the high street as there is a varied selection of larger and smaller brands. Because of the diversity of brands on show, there is a broad mix of product. One of the key highlights of Top Drawer is the new designer’s section of the show called Spotted.

Spotted showcases 40 handpicked new business and their aim is to create a ‘rare and exciting collection of extraordinary new talent’.

Mind the Gap wallpaper from Pad Home
Charlotte Jade cushions
Fern & Palm shades - Light & Living

One of the key trends, we spotted at Top Drawer was ’Tropical jungle’. We reported in our Heimtextil blog post that lush plant life and greenery continues to be an important lifestyle as well as interior trend. ‘Tropical jungle’ is still heavily influenced by palm and fern prints but they have been rejuvenated to included exotic animals (monkeys, zebras, toucans, tigers, leopard) along with brighter and more vivid tropical leafy prints which helps to move the look on from last summer. The colour palette has expanded and is moving away from just greens to encompass – burnt oranges, rich reds, ochre, deep blues and black. Black will certainly be a dominant trend colour this year and into 2019.

Hanging planters - Nkuku
Plant stands - Living & Light
Wire plant stand - Bloomingville

There was an abundance of foliage, plants and plant accessories at Topdrawer this year, almost every stand had some form of foliage.  We posted on Instagram a few examples but there were hanging pots, plant stands, oversized pots in varying materials and even ceramic options evident throughout the show. One our favourite displays was from Chive who specialise in ceramic succulents and flowers. See the feature image above for the showstopping wall they created that grabbed everyone’s attention!

Cane occasional furniture - Coach House
Cane pendants - Broste Copenhagen
Woven plant pots - Living & Light

The importance of palm and fern prints coming to market has heavily influenced furniture and accessories. Cane, wicker and jute were all evident at Top Drawer. Natural materials were used for occasional furniture as well as floor standing and pendant lighting….. and of course, as pots for the all-important planting!!

Did you make it to Top Drawer this year? If the answer is no and you would like a more detailed report on Top Drawer , you will love our 2018 Spring Trade Fair report – please get in contact and pre-order your copy now.


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