TOP DRAWER news round up

January 18, 2011

Yesterday, I wore flat pumps, stashed some Evian in my bag and ‘did’ Top Drawer. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. Here’s the news you need to know: New cushions from Barbara Coupe with a nautical feel…

Natural History launched a new hummingbird range including cushions, notebooks and pretty tissue paper…

Neisha Crosland has teamed up with Make International to launch a new range of geometric tableware…

…Rebecca Winter of Raw Xclusive fame (you’ll recognise her Louis chairchandelier and DADDY RULES designs from Rockett St George and others) has launched a new spoons design…

…Two’s Company by Mulhouse had the coolest stand by far – an apothecary shop papered with pages from old books and filled with butterflies and bell jars – and launched some extremely cute numbered napkin rings and storage pots. Sadly, it’s wholesale only, so I need to find a stockist sharpish for these pots…

…Latvian ceramic artist Aiga Siceva-Sattler (who has recently started selling some of her work online via Notonthehighstreet) showed me her new tableware collection decorated with her trademark black silhouettes. I like the new bowl featuring a hunter and pheasants…

Michelle Mason showed me the new version of her cute Columbia Road flower market cushion…

Prey (you’ll recognise their 1950s-inspired accessories – they’re stocked by Caravan but you can buy direct, too) were showing their new 1950s-style tins and textiles…

…the lovely Lush Designs launched a fabulous new lampshade design called ‘Stag’, featuring pheasants, a viaduct and some very dozy dogs…

…Embroidery legend Jan Constantine was showing her new licensed London 2012 Olympics range…

…and, although I admired these at Tent, I couldn’t resist another peep at the new Ary Trays collections featuring Michael Angove‘s spoon, feather and egg designs…

…and more lovely trays…Tana Lawn fabric ones from Liberty, fishy Scandinavian ones from Alabasta, and London-themed trays from Anna Viktorsson

…cute button artwork from new company Hello Geronimo

…new stationery from Showpony

…and lastly, some very cool pool ball lighting from the 95% Danish stand…

…lots of exciting new designs to feel inspired by! – Ellie

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I think we’d all agree that a crucial part of being ‘a blogger’ is to, erm, ‘blog’. So, apologies for my absence lately. I’ve been very naughty. In my defence, I’ve been really busy working on the Ideal Home Christmas issue (it’s going to be a corker!), compiling our lovely Christmas gift guide, and having a holiday – but enough excuses. Let’s crack on and never speak of this again. Today’s HOT SHOP is a new venture from Passementerie blogger Sarah Lidwell-Durnin. The shop’s called Natural History, and I think you’re going to like it. A lot.

Ooh, I do love a chemistry flask as a vase. The ones above start at £10 from Natural History. The people at Rockett St George like them, too. (This next off-piste-but-lovely pic is from them)…

…but my ‘OH’ (groan) – not so much. He’s a teacher so I tried to persuade him to sneak into the school lab, and swipe a few of the older flasks that I imagine are just knocking around, not being appreciated in a design sense. But no such luck. Apparently, it’s stealing. And resources are limited etc in Lambeth. Sigh. Those pupils are so selfish. Any road, back to Natural History, which is so lovely, a little beetle appears in the URL bar when you visit the site. Sigh again.

Ever since my Etsy guest post, I’ve had a bit of a thang for coral. So, these lovely linen cushions with coral designs are definitely my cup of tea. And you know how I feel about insects and beetles in particular, so I’m VERY excited about these new Entomology notebooks, too:

And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a lovely collection of antique German grain sack cushions. Say. No. More.

Before you beetle off to place an order, you might want to check out the lovely silk coral design dressing gown in the ‘robes’ section, too. It’s FAB. – Ellie