Top Drawer announces PaperAwards finalists

The finalists of Top Drawer’s PaperAwards have been announced with the winners to be announced on 4 September, prior to Top Drawer Autumn (which takes place 9-11 September at London’s Olympia).

Rhombus & Pineapple is a finalist in the Exciting use of Colour category.
Rhombus & Pineapple is a finalist in the Exciting use of Colour category.

The retail industry is invited to vote on the shortlist with the voting opening this Friday (24 August) at www.topdrawer.co.uk.

The PaperAwards support and recognise the creativity and innovation of exhibitors in the Greetings & Stationery sector at Top Drawer and are supported by paper company G.F Smith. There are five finalists in each of three categories: Exciting use of Colour, Engaging Print and Emotive Design.

The finalists for the PaperAwards are:

A unicorn design from 1973 Ltd, finalist in the Engaging print category.
A unicorn design from 1973 Ltd, finalist in the Engaging print category.

Exciting use of colour: The Completist, Emily Brooks, Rhombus & Pineapple, Scout Editions and Lorna Syson.

Engaging print: 1973, MishMish, Studio Wald, UWP Luxe and Wanderlust Paper Co.

Emotive design: Katie Leamon, Petra Boase, Pressed and Folded, Small World and Stormy Knight.

Commenting, Top Drawer event director, Alejandra Campos said; “The PaperAwards were created to celebrate creativity, design and innovation within the Greetings & Stationery industry, and this season’s submissions certainly delivered on all three. The quality of entries has been exceptional, so I’m sure I can speak for all of the judges when I say that I’m thankful that it is the industry’s vote that will decide the winners, and not us.”

A finalist in the Emotive design category is Pressed & Folded.
A finalist in the Emotive design category is Pressed & Folded.

The judging panel comprised Hazel Walker from Paperchase; Emma Hawkins from Fortnum & Mason; Carly Pearson from Sainsbury’s; Holly Tucker, co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com and Holly & Co; Cara Wyatt at Selfridges; Lucy Edmonds, founder of Quill London; Audrey Wollen from Urbanic; Neal Whittington of Present & Correct; David Hicks of Really Good and Janet Stevens and Mark Jessett, paper consultants for G.F Smith.

All finalists will have their work featured at the heart of the Greetings & Stationery area of the trade show. Each winner will receive a prize worth £1,000.

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