Hazelbou visits Top Drawer
On Sunday I went to Top Drawer at London's Olympia - one of the best trade shows in the UK for gifts, homeware, fashion, stationary and all things creative. Of course I had a fantastic time so I thought I'd share some of what I saw with you - let's have a look.
We'll go in no particular order at all....because now that I'm a mum...that's how I roll :)
When I first arrived I was attracted to a sea of tropical colour. Coming in from the cold outside it was lovely to meet the team at Sunnylife. An Australian brand whose goal is to share Australia’s authentic summer style with the rest of the world, it was bold, bright, and beautiful. Being an eco bug, I was particularly drawn to their Eco Lunch Box and a unicorn plate - both made from bamboo! I love the rainbows.
Keeping with the theme of bamboo dinnerware, there were lots of beautiful options to choose from - including a wide selection from Love Mae and a monochrome star pattern from Sass & Belle.
After the bamboo I turned to books. I'd heard about the popularity of books for children which celebrate the achievements of prominent women through history and they are also going to do ones to celebrate the achievements of prominent men as well. I think this project was made famous because it was funded through kick starter. I found books on Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst, Coco Chanel, Marie Curie, Audrey Hepburn, Maya Angelou, and Amelia Earhart...wow. I also found something wonderful, a small collection called Little Feminist which includes four small board books on the achievements of female artists and leaders which is suitable for babies - start them young!
Next I visited the Little Concepts team to have a look at my favourite wooden toys - Plan Toys, and I wasn't disappointed. Three new items which they've added to the collection which I particularly liked include a new dolls house, a car garage, and an ice fishing game.
The new dolls house is beautifully made; the two side parts slide into the middle section and lock into place so that it doesn't take up as much space when not being played with and can be carried around - best of all, it comes with all of the furniture included!...anyone looking for an awesome birthday present?
The car garage is one I think I might buy for my own boys. In the four years since my eldest was born we've had 4/5 plastic car garages or tracks given to us as presents and unfortunately they all either break or they have so many parts that some get lost and then they toy is no good anymore. This plan toys car garage is so well made, I can see my sons passing it on to their own children one day - assuming they're willing to give it up!
The icing fishing game is really fun. Each fish has a little magnet on it, you put the fish under the ice and then use the little Inuit character (which also has a magnet) to fish them out of the ice fishing hole. Of course it's beautifully made and would make a great gift.
Keeping on the theme of toys, I found these beautiful organic monochrome rattles with teething rings from Wee Gallery from Five Minutes. I love owls but there are also other nordic inspired designs - bears, trees etc. - all very lovely.