Still a fledgling in the tradeshow calendar Home at Earls Court London offers a contemporary mix of small-medium established companies to recent graduates. Perfect for finding unusual designs to buy or aspiring talent to commission. Plus it's always good to keep an eye out for emerging trends for 2013.
The Home show is twinned with Top Drawer and more gift and jewellery focused buyers fair and the companions work well. Home is quite small so had plenty of space to leisurely view each stand rather than being squeezed between narrow walkways. Moustaches, bikes, quirkiness and owls ruled this year; below are some of the key products that caught my eye this year.
New innovative pendant lights by Luminosity inspired from sculptural forms in the natural world, the Banksia (below) and Rosa (above) are great complimentary additions to the Aperture light.
Outline Works Ltd presented Trophy – mixing the wild with urban living with their Trophy bike holders. Minimal, quirky and practical.
A bike can be easily hooked on the animal horns to be placed tidily away. Currently in the Bull and Dear designs and in a mix of colours. My personal favorite is the flocked ‘soft fur’ in purple.
The UK representative for Scandinavian brand Ferm Living , I’ve been an avid admirer of their textiles for some time, but I love their geometry cups. Check out their new SS13 catalogue, for inspiring lifestyle photography, and a long ‘wish list’.
The House of Hemmingway, build a micro home exhibiting products across their retro inspired collection, from G-Plan Sofas, mid-century wall paper and some great ceramic tiles.
Another Country have extended their accessory collection to the office, above with “Desk top Series two', the simplicity of line and being true to the materials of Maple and Brass work effortlessly together.
The talented Lindsey Lang presented some new patterns; an evolution from her previous work but still has her distinct balance of shape and colour.
All Lovely Stuff’s stand gets bigger every year and their ethos of designing things that make you smile and work well continues. Their MMM Doughnuts are a great example of this. Made from solid beech and ‘iced; in 3 colours.
Even the doughnut packaging (below) continue the foody pun.
The Belle and Bespoke light boxes caught my eye.
Owls are all over the place but these little fellows by Catherine Tough would add a smile and colour to any room.
Collective Nouns in Pictures by Woop Studios, is such a great idea; who would have known that a flock of Canaries is an “Opera” .
Then my favourite discovery of the whole show was Custhom. I’m a sucker for graphic patterns, shiny surfaces and textured textiles; I have my eye on their Goldsmiths Embroidered Jersey quilt – beautiful and all all designed in Peckham.
All in all I think Home would be a great source for buyers trying to find new small Spring summer products; plus it doesn’t take more than a few hours get get around.