We kicked off this week with a trip to Pulse London at Kensington Olympia, and although a small show in comparison to Top drawer and Spring Fair, we came away inspired.
At Pulse, you can find something different, unique and invaluable.
Pulse has a heavy focus on designer-makers and new talent; the show covered varied product categories and had been divided into Brands, Living, Fashion and lastly, FOUND (international brands new to the UK). The feature image above is from one of the show highlights – Lucy Tiffney, whose designs captured the attention of almost every visitor and whose recognisable, vibrant illustrations currently have many people talking.
What interested us the most about Pulse this year was some of the very inspiring and compelling stories behind the brands showcased so for this round-up of our visit to Pulse, we thought we would focus on some brands that were new to us.
ARTHOUSE Meath really captured our attention. Firstly, we loved the product range but what really stood out was their illustrative designs. We had a good chat to ARTHOUSE Meath and they explained more about their story. All of the work had been designed by a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities who require varying levels of support. ARTHOUSE Meath strives to break down preconceptions and create inclusivity through the work produced. The design work created at ARTHOUSE Meath has been found to help with self-confidence, respect from others and in turn, improves the health and well-being of the artist themselves.
We also got to meet Box of Prints who ‘specialises in creating unique printed fabrics’ and they stood out amongst the crowd thanks to their unique philosophy and ethos. Box of Prints was set up by Zara Afflick a textile designer who had the ambition to engage people and gather interest in the world of textile printing. She firmly believes this can be achieved by ensuring there is a story behind each design that is “a real part of history, culture, life experiences and day-to-day inspirations.” The collection that was presented at Pulse was based on real experiences with alzheimers and in particular, Grandma Taylor Ivy who is from the Caribbean. The range was designed to capture the memories in Grandma Ivy’s mind by using colour, shape and imagery.
To finish off our short round-up of Pulse we couldn’t not mention The Recycled Candle Company whose candles are made from 100% recycled candle wax – this concept stopped us in our tracks. So simple. The candles are hand poured by Richard, one of the founders of the business. He is a self-proclaimed eco-warrior whose passion is candle making. Every year tons of candle wax ends up in landfill as candle wax is currently not classified as a recyclable material. The company collects waste wax from hotels, restaurants, pubs and even Catherals. The Recycled Candle Company filter, purify and create new candles that are scented and hand poured. They even recycle their own waste. Any wax that cannot be purifed is recyled into beautiful firelighters – almost too pretty burn.
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