Top Drawer and Home London may not be the edgiest of the September design events, but they’re ones that we always love to attend. Filled with beautiful homewares, gift ideas, stationery and accessories, they’re great for scouting out High Street trends and previewing the work of new and noteworthy designers.

Below we’ve rounded up some of our favourite trends from the show along with a couple of brands that caught our eye.


Shades of Green

Greens played a big role in summer’s botanical trend and it looks as if they’re here to stay.  From deep emerald to dusky sage, the shades we noted were more muted than those we’ve seen before but were seriously sophisticated. Paired with brass or gold accents they really come into their own.


Natural Materials

Natural materials and craftsmanship are having a bit of an industry-wide renaissance. They made their debut at big design shows such as London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week and are now trickling down to the High Street. Featuring wood, marble, wool and cork (to name but a few), these pieces are understated, long-lasting and lovingly made. Evidence, if ever it was needed, that there’s beauty in simplicity.


Brand of Note: Block

There’s something about beautiful storage that we just can’t resist and Block offered this in abundance. From wire mesh peg boards to neon hued desk organisers, we wanted practically everything on their stand.


Designer of Note: Anna Jacobs

We were enchanted by these stunning lamps created courtesy of artist Anna Jacobs as part of her first collection of homewares. Featuring handmade shades and blown-glass bases made on the Norfolk coast, these distinctive pieces will brighten up any room.

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