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21 Aug 2019

Rising Stars In Design: Top Drawer partners with University of Arts London (UAL:) to help new designers access the trade market

Rising Stars In Design: Top Drawer partners with University of Arts London (UAL:) to help new designers access the trade market
Images L-R: Kindred + Wild, Porter + Trundle, Joanna Vanderpuije, Nottene,heimdesign, Camilla Quintero, Njeri Illustration, Zoe Sherwood, Memories of Green

Top Drawer is thrilled to announce their partnership with the University of Arts London (UAL:), Europe’s largest art and design university. Nine selected students and alumni will present their designs/work to the retail industry in PULSE, a show area dedicated to new designers and emerging talent. This exciting collaboration places the spotlight on innovation, emerging design and creativity. Visitors attending Top Drawer will discover a diverse range of products from furniture and home accessories to skincare and fashion accessories. 

The businesses/designers selected are Camila Quintero, heimdesign, Joanna Vanderpuije, Kindred + Wild, Memories of Green, Njeri illustrated, Nottene, Porter + Trundle and Zoe Sherwood. These were sourced through an open-call based on the commercial viability and creativity of their products.

Each is part of UAL’s prestigious network of alumni, which includes Terence Conran, Stella McCartney, James Dyson, Margaret Calvert, Neville Brody, Susan Williams-Ellis, Tatty Devine’s Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, to name just a few.

Of the partnership, Top Drawer’s show director, Alejandra Campos said: “At Top Drawer we’re as committed to nurturing emerging design and new names as we are to providing a platform for leading and establish brands. We’re so thrilled for our visiting buyers to discover the incredible work from this inspiring, vivacious group of UAL: alumni and students. The quality and design of their products is astounding, and the UAL stand really does add something special to the show.”

Organised by UAL:’s Careers and Employability team and supported by Clarion Events, the organisers of Top Drawer, this is the 13th year of UAL’s partnership with PULSE—which will be collocated with Top Drawer for the first time this season—providing newcomers with a supportive, natural step into trade show environments. Exhibitors are offered a full professional development programme in the lead-up to the show to prepare them for the experience, as well as PR and marketing support through the university.

Vicky Fabbri, Enterprise & Events Manager, Careers and Employability at UAL said:

“Our partnership with Top Drawer provides UAL students and graduates with a platform to launch their businesses to the world, making our stand the place to discover exciting up-and-coming designers. We support our students and graduates with business guidance throughout the process, so taking part is an important learning curve that prepares them for trade and retail.”


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Opening Hours: Sunday 8 September: 09.30-18.00, Monday 9 September: 09.30-18.00, Tuesday 15 September: 09.30-17.00

Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
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About the University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts and is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include:

  • Over half of all Turner Prize winners and nominees since its inception
  • 37 of the 80 Royal Academicians - a further 17 are serving or former staff
  • Over half of the recipients of British Designer of the Year
  • 10 current Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design
  • Over half of the fashion designers that show at London Fashion Week
  • Multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards: from the BP Portrait Award; Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars.

Careers and Employability empowers UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love. From the moment students arrive, they can access: one-to-one advice, job opportunities, paid internships, mentoring, funding, student-led initiatives, and opportunities to showcase and exhibit work.

About Top Drawer

The UK’s leading design-led lifestyle and interiors trade show, returns to Olympia London from 8-10 September, bringing an unmissable, unique edit of over 1,000 carefully curated brands.

Showcasing everything from cutting-edge to classic design and firm favourites to undiscovered names—creative retailers and interior professionals will have access to the very best and newest design-led homeware and lifestyle products at the A/W19 edition of Top Drawer.

PULSE, now co-located with Top Drawer for the very first time and joined with Spotted, will give those visitors looking for emerging talent and new names access to original and innovative brands.

Built on over 30 years of success, Top Drawer is constantly evolving to ensure we remain the destination of choice for design-led brands.

About Clarion Events

Clarion has outstanding expertise in retail industry with well-established shows including Top Drawer, Pulse, Home & Gift, Scotland Trade Fair, January Furniture Show, Manchester Furniture Show, Internet Retail Expo, Internet Retail Conference in the UK. Premium Fashion Shows Berlin, and Global Sources, Hong Kong.

Clarion Events organises over 200 exhibitions, conferences and events annually across the globe and employs over 2500 people in 15 different countries. More than 16,000 companies trust us with their custom each year and over 1,000,000 people give their valuable time to visit our events.


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