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26 Nov 2019

Finalists for prestigious PaperAwards S/S20 announced—with voting now open for the industry to select the winners

Finalists for prestigious PaperAwards S/S20 announced—with voting now open for the industry to select the winners
Image Credit: Brogan Davison Photography

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 January S/S20 edition of the show.

Taking place for the 8th time, the PaperAwards entries once again impressed the prestigious list of judges, which included the likes of the Design Museum, Fortnum & Mason, Heal’s, the V&A, Papersmiths, Paperchase, Five & Dime, The Hambledon and Postmark Online.

Top Drawer Show Director, Alejandra Campos said, “This season has seen the highest number of entries for the PaperAwards yet, not to mention the most incredible quality. The awards continue to be a highly respected and effective initiative to recognise and support the work of publishers and designers, giving them added exposure to the very best retailers at our show and the judging day, as well as promotion through our expansive marketing and communication channels. From this early glimpse of what’s to come, I’m thrilled for visitors to Top Drawer S/S20 to see the exciting product offering in January.”  

The PaperAwards includes four categories: Exciting Use of Colour, Emotive Design, Engaging Print and Best Stationery Design.

The shortlists for the S/S20 edition are:

Engaging Print

  • Lagom Design
  • Meraki
  • Hotchpotch
  • Type and Story
  • 1 Tree Cards
  • Sadler Jones

Exciting use of colour

  • Lagom Design
  • Earlybird Designs
  • Raspberry Blossom
  • Crispin Finn
  • Elvira Van Vredenburgh Designs
  • Type and Story

Emotive Design

  • ola
  • Sadler Jones
  • Wanderlust Paper Co.
  • Raspberry Blossom
  • Dicky Bird
  • Kinshipped

Best Stationery Design

  • ola
  • The Completist
  • Crispin Finn
  • Sleepy Bee Studio
  • The’Room’Alive
  • Block Design

Members of the retail and design industry are now asked to vote for their favourites on the Top Drawer website, with winners to be announced prior to the show. Winners and runners up will have their work showcased in the Greetings & Stationery area at Top Drawer S/S20, and each winner will receive a prize worth more than £2,500. This includes free paper from GF Smith, a 6 month membership with PressLoft, a one hour brand consultation with The Bespoke Brand Designer, and a product shoot with Katherine Larcombe. 

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

  • Sarah Holmes, Pencil Me In 
  • Preena Patel, the Design Museum
  • Sidonie Warren, Papersmiths 
  • Emma Hawkins, Fortnum & Mason 
  • Emily Dunstan, Heal’s 
  • Fran Webberley, Five & Dime 
  • Craig Kilmartin, Five & Dime 
  • Jenny Wingfield, Search & Rescue    
  • Olivia Davies, Search & Rescue    
  • Samantha Gibbs, Nest
  • Victoria Suffield, The Hambledon  
  • Mark Janson-Smith, Postmark Online 
  • Sarah Sevier, V&A 
  • Lucy Sticka, Little Paperie  
  • Heidi Richardson, Little Paperie
  • Emma Clooney, Paperchase    
  • Joe Guest, Paperchase  
  • Audrey Woollen, Urbanic


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