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06 Aug 2019

Finalists for prestigious PaperAwards AW19 announced

Finalists for prestigious PaperAwards AW19 announced
Image: Ola, stand T22

Celebrating design, creativity and innovation within the Greetings & Stationery industry, Top Drawer is thrilled to announce the finalists for this season’s PaperAwards, supported by G.F Smith, with winners to be on display at the September edition of the show.

Taking place for the 7th time, the PaperAwards entries once again impressed the prestigious list of judges—that included the likes of Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, The Design Museum, Waterstones, Paperchase, Heals, Oliver Bonas and Not on the High Street—so much so, that it was decided to increase the number of shortlisted entries per category from six to seven.

paperAwards Judging

Top Drawer Show Director, Alejandra Campos said, “The PaperAwards have become a highly respected and effective initiative to recognise and support incredible publishers and designers, giving them exposure to the very best retailers at the show, as well as through our marketing and communication channels. The entries this season were some of our most exciting yet and I’m thrilled for retailers to see the exciting Greetings & Stationery offer at the show this September.”

The PaperAwards includes four categories: Exciting Use of Colour, Emotive Design, Engaging Print and, for the first time this season, Best Stationery Design.

The shortlists for the A/W19 edition are:

Exciting Use of Colour

  • 1973
  • Archivist
  • Ola
  • Alphablots
  • Paper Plane
  • Stormy Knight
  • Poet & Painter

Emotive Design

  • Artcadia
  • 1973
  • Rifle Paper Co.
  • Stormy Knight
  • Old English Co.
  • Cut & Make
  • Deadpan

Engaging Print

  • Cut & Make
  • 1973
  • Pavillion
  • Ola
  • Wanderlust
  • UWP
  • Made by Shannon

Best Stationery Design

  • Ola
  • Text from a Friend
  • UWP
  • Rifle Paper Co.
  • RAMA
  • Paper Plane
  • Portico Design

Members from the retail industry are now asked to vote for their favourites on the Top Drawer website, with winners to be announced prior to the show. All finalists will have their work showcased in the Greetings & Stationery area at Top Drawer SS19, and each winner will receive a prize worth more than £1000.

Representing the best in retails across department stores, high street staples and indies, this season’s panel comprised of:

  • Emma Hawkins, Fortnum & Mason
  • Sidonie Warren, PaperSmiths
  • Preena Patel, Design Museum
  • David Hicks, Really Good
  • Jenny Wingfield, Search & Rescue
  • Olivia Davies, Search & Rescue
  • Fran Webberley, Five & Dime
  • Craig Kilmartin, Five & Dime
  • Linda Hamrin Tait, Other Letters
  • Deborah Belton, Other Letters
  • Henri Davis, Independent Retail Advisor
  • Claire Quinn, Waterstones
  • Jenna Brasier, Waterstones
  • Samantha Gibbs, Nest
  • Rheanna Lingham, Luna & Curious
  • Sarah Holmes, Pencil Me In
  • Emma Clooney, Paperchase
  • Lucy Sumner, Paperchase
  • Emily Dunstan, Heal’s
  • Eleanor Gregory, Selfridges
  • Tiffa Easmon George, Gift
  • Molly Park, Oliver Bonas
  • Audrey Woollen, Urbanic
  • Holly Tucker, Not on the High Street and Holly & Co
  • Mark Janson Smith, Postmark Online
  • Lisa Valentine, Lisa Valentine Home


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