TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Dedicated to emerging design and new talent, Spotted will once again present visitors to Top Drawer with the very best market-ready brands that buyers will have never seen before.

As the S/S20 edition of the show promises to be one on the most inspiring yet, the Spotted Award returns to recognise commerciality, design and innovation across all product categories seen at the show.

After much deliberation, the Spotted Award’s panel of judges, comprising of leading industry professionals from the likes of Tate Enterprises, The Conran Shop, Habitat and Wolf & Badger, have chosen their winner and runner-ups. Based on the following criteria: originality and innovation, commercial viability, clarity of brand and communication of message, and quality of the design.

WINNER

Batch.works

Batch.works aim to make 3D printed products part of people’s everyday lives. They believe in making the right product for the right person, in the right place by using the latest technology to make local design and manufacturing globally available. They use 3D printing to produce at a batch scale, working with local makers to create pieces on demand; eliminating supply chain waste. They use recycled and responsibly sourced material to make their products.

Batch Works

RUNNER-UP

The Kindness Co-op

The Kindness Co-Op, an online clothing and gift store for children aged 0-14 years started in 2014 as The Wee Store. It was re-launched and re-branded by Lucie Carr and her business partner Charlie in September 2018 in an effort to become more socially responsible, for example sourcing organic clothing that has been locally screen printed with their own designs. The brand makes a donation to the charity YoungMinds for every piece of own brand merchandise sold.

kindness

RUNNER-UP

Katie Putt Illustrations

Katie Putt is an artist and illustrator who works with watercolours, pen and ink. Her collection of nature-inspired wall hangings is a relaxed, modern take on a traditional style, reminiscent of precious childhood picture books.
Katie Putt

RUNNER-UP

Luana Asiata

Luana Asiata creates abstract prints and original paintings inspired by nature, created in her little studio in South London. An “avid doodler”, Asiata combines her love of graphic shapes with the organic natural forms found in nature to create dynamic abstract landscapes filled with intuitive marks, texture and strong colours.

Luana Asiata

SHORTLIST

lllustrated Stories by Kay van Bellen

Netherlands-based ceramics brand, Illustrated Stories, was founded by British-born artist and illustrator Kay van Bellen in 2019. The brand story emerged from her Dutch heritage and her love of Delft Blue ceramics and the stories that unfold behind each delicately painted image. The pieces in the inaugural collection are made from old, found objects which Van Bellen screen prints and hand decorates to create new narratives.

Kay Van Bellen

SHORTLIST

Rediscovered By

Charlotte Gaunt launched Rediscovered By as a way of pushing the boundaries of screen printing, using cloth (particularly linen) as paper to recreate ‘drawings on fabric’. All the linens are sourced from a single mill in Northern Ireland, with the flax grown in the nearby fields. Gaunt also makes wallpaper and will launch a collection of fabrics, lampshades and papers at Spotted in January.

rediscovered

SHORTLIST

Sukun

Textile brand, Sukun—meaning tranquillity—launched in November 2019.  Inspired by countless stays in boutique hotels around the world, founder Fatima Khan embarked on a journey to bring a little bit of that holiday luxury back into our homes. The first range of products is a selection of 300 thread count, 100% pure cotton sateen sheets, sustainably sourced from select textile manufactures in Faisalabad, Pakistan; adhering to strict international quality standards. “Textiles are my passion, Pakistan is my hometown and I am the third generation of a textile family,” says Khan.

sukun

SHORTLIST

Dearest Fannie

Dearest Fannie was founded by two sisters looking to make sustainability fashionable for a young market. They believe that reusable, ethical, cruelty free and sustainable products don’t have to be boring and that it’s cool to care. Dearest Fannie brings a refreshing approach, injecting colour and eye-catching illustrations into a traditionally organic-looking sector.

Dearest Fannie

MEET OUR JUDGES & MENTORS

All spotted participants are automatically entered into the Spotted Award which is judged by an expert panels of retailers, designers, manufactures and media. The award provides a great opportunity for new brands to gain invaluable industry exposure.

After much deliberation, the Spotted Award's panel of judges, comprising of leading industry professionals, has chosen the winner of the coveted Spotted Award based on the following criteria: originality and innovation, commercial viability, clarity of brand and communication of message, and quality of the design.

Dedicated to emerging design and new talent, Spotted will once again present visitors to Top Drawer with the very best market-ready brands that buyers will have never seen before.

S/S20 JUDGES

Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams

Spotted Curator
Marius Thies

Marius Thies

Trends Editor of Clippings
Keith Stephenson & Mark Hampshire

Keith Stephenson & Mark Hampshire

Founders of Mini Moderns
Rosey Blackmore

Rosey Blackmore

Merchandise Director for Tate

Emily Cuthbert

Emily Cuthbert

Head of Product for Wolf&Badger
Henrietta Klug

Henrietta Klug

Buying & Merchandising Director at The Conran Shop
Siobhan McMillan

Siobhan McMillan

Head of Buying for Habitat
Alejandra Campos

Alejandra Campos

Show Director of Top Drawer

S/S20 MENTORS

Andrew Tanner

Andrew Tanner

British Designer
Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker

Director of The Design Trust
Jamie Watkins & Tom Kennedy

Jamie Watkins & Tom Kennedy

Divine Savages
Nicola Snell

Nicola Snell

Founder of the Press Loft

TAKE A LOOK AT LAST SEASON'S WINNER- Be for Change

Following the maxim that 'Waste is a Failure in Creativity', Ana Catarina Ferreira Carneiro set up Be for Change (BFC) to tackle the growing resources problem, sourcing materials wasted at industrial level and creating goods made to last. Her first product was a bag of fabric offcuts, designed to be large and sturdy - it lifts 60kg without breaking a thread. More bags followed; each a never repeated limited edition. Ana then applied the same approach to other materials while working with clients, and in 2019, BFC launched its leather collection. All upcycled leather goods are made in London, which allows the company to reduce its carbon footprint while ensuring the ethical treatment of workers.

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