I went to Top Drawer London and this is what I spotted

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Looking to upgrade your home just in time for spring? Well, look no further because I went to design-led trade show Top Drawer to take a peek at the stunning Spring/Summer 2022 collections.

With a hot cup of coffee in one hand, and trying to hold myself together with the other – yes, it was still very windy – I made my way to Olympia London, the interiors haven this February, to report back to you the latest homeware trends and brands – the excitement definitely overshadowed the gusts of wind that kept trying to sweep me away every minute.

Okay, first, what is Top Drawer, you ask?

Held across all four halls of Olympia London, the trade show is home to established brands as well as upcoming boutique manufacturers. So, whether you’re looking to swap your old lamp shades with handmade designs, want to revive your rooms with patterned cushions, or turn your home into an eco-friendly space with sustainable alternatives, you’re set to discover a wide range of solutions that cater to every style and need at Top Drawer.

Now that I’ve finally made it and secured my badge, are you ready to see what I spotted?

This year, Top Drawer has curated an edit of 1000 top industry brands as well as new names in the heart of London. Exciting. Brimming with contemporary and classic styles for interior accessories, kitchen and dining, furniture and lighting, I truly didn’t know where to start exploring the stands. There was so much to see.

Here are the Spring/Summer 2022 trends to keep on your radar…

Natural shapes

This season, many brands took inspiration from nature for their collections. Think neutral colour palettes, natural materials and rustic finishes. One of my favourites was the Broste Copenhagen Spring/ Summer 2022 collection which features organic shaped solutions, from bedside tables to vases.

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Make a statement with the Esther vase from Broste Copenhagen.

Then, I was mesmerised by Spicer Ceramics‘ soap dishes handcrafted in Scotland, inspired by the organic shapes and textures of the rocks found by founder Hannah Spicer on the Scottish Coast. I loved the organic shapes, unique glazing and stand-out mossy green shade. Imagine these in your cloakroom – lovely.

Holy Loch Rocky Soap-dish, £39, Spicer Ceramics.

Wild + Wood showcased their collection of concrete plates, bowls, candleholder, and decor, perfect for adding to the tactile experience in your home and for making a statement when hosting.

Concrete oval plate, £20; Concrete bowl, from £35; wooden bowl, £40; concrete candle holder, £25, all from Wild + Wood.

Botanical prints

Now, keeping with the same theme – we’ve got the shapes covered, but I’ve also seen lots of prints and designs with nature-inspired motifs, too. Be it the statement cabbage plate and bowl set for your #cottagecore scheme, or cushion and lamp shades in leafy prints. Take a look below…

Emilia Hunt‘s designs are taking inspiration from flowers and her favourite fruits and vegetables, and are brought to life by stand-out colour combinations.
Caverswall‘s English fine bone china features floral patterns in blue and green shades, perfect for dining al fresco this spring.
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Love the modern-rustic look? Then, complete your look with these statement serving plates and bowls from Bordallo Pinheiro, crafted in Portugal.

Pastel colours

Pared-back shades of orange, yellow, pink and lilac were everywhere. If you love colour but don’t dare to go all out, these soft hues are great for transforming your dining set up with crockery from Canvas Home. Their latest collection Procida is inspired by the sun washed plaster houses in Procida, Italy. I can already picture it.

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Pair your colourful tableware with clear glassware to let the pastel shades stand out. Canvas Home‘s Procida collection.

Sea, sun and sand

Terracotta, ocean blue and calming yellow were another combo that won me over, making me look forward to sunny days by the beach. Do you love these colours, too?

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The textured terracotta side table works great in combination with blue linens and stand-out vases, plus the baking trays will take your kitchen to the next level, all from Broste Copenhagen.
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Seashell cushion? Yes, please! Also from Broste Copenhagen.
The sunny handcrafted tableware by Sue Ure Ceramics will definitely brighten your tablescapes this season.

Comfort and texture

Table and bed linens, waffle towels and bathrobes and relaxing aromatherapy – another focus this Spring/Summer 2022. Get that effortless chic look in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom with these natural fibres.

Mix and match shades for your Morgan Wright bed linen for a unique look.
Wrap yourself in organic bath towels and robes in deep blue and sage green shades, from The Organic Company. Ideal for that spa-like feeling at home.

Planet-friendly buys

Want to update up your décor but also care for the planet? I’ve got just what you need. Ilex Studio showcased their avocado and acorn vases where you can turn your seeds into beautiful plants. Plus they’ve also got the new branch candle coated in beeswax – you can even see beautiful tree rings.

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Ilex Studio‘s Avocado vase, from £35; and Acorn vase, from £22.
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Ilex Studio‘s new branch candle made from 100% beeswax.

Make the switch to kitchen and dining solutions made from recycled materials and waste. For example, LIGA uses materials such as ethically sourced cork, organic unbleached cotton, recycled papers, vegan wax, compostable cloth, bamboo, recycled EVA plastics and ceramics to craft and create their sustainable collections.

LIGA‘s Ice Grey Cork collection includes a range of placemats, coasters, and trivets.

Another great find was The Wholeleaf Company who manufacture plates, bowls, trays and cutlery sets out of areca palm leaves. They shed naturally in South India, and the company uses them to create single-use 100% natural and sustainable tableware. If you love picnics, these are right up your street. Plus, they are ovenproof so you can also bake in them.

These palm leaf food plates and bowls are also home compostable. Prices start at £4.99 for plates and £4.89 for bowls, from The Wholeleaf Company.

I hope you got your dose of inspiration to put the finishing touch to your renovation or revamp project.

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