Our Top 5 Picks From Pulse 2018

Sorry for the long wait for post number 2! It’s been a busy time for my illustration work which you can all see here. May is the traditional buying time for a lot of businesses, so I, and all other print designers, work super hard to bring tonnes of fresh new work to the eyes of Art Directors and buyers for the top shows in NY. It’s a lot of hard work which brings me to why my post about the recent PULSE show in Olympia has taken me a while to pull together.
Visiting the show this time around was a little different from past experiences. I have been many times before and go as a print designer, often looking for companies and brands that may use illustration in their products. This time I went with my blogger hat on. A very new feeling for me and one which takes a little courage to get used to. I felt nervous approaching people, particularly as I was aware that the blog site isn’t complete etc. This, added to the fact that my social media impact is small, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and get chatting to some brands and the people behind some exciting new products for the purpose of this post.
So without any more hesitation, here are our top 5 picks from the Spring Pulse show 2018:
Block have been on my radar for a couple of years now ever since they launched their amazing peg boards. This years they have a lovely range of desktop organisers in bold shades and interesting, geometric forms. I could’t get enough of them! Also, just so you know, they are also launching an amazing range of jewellery later this year, and it looks amazing!
Block Design Studio at Pulse 2018
Yod And Co are a brand agency representing 5 different brands from around the world, acting as an online shop as well as distributors for their line of products.
I particularly liked the matt glazed ceramics by Thinkk Studio. The textures were beautiful and colours were muted. These are ceramics for modern people.
Yod And Co With Thinkk Studio Ceramics at Pulse 2018
Showing under the banner of the UAL, Extra & Ordinary were showcasing their ‘Teumsae On Wall’ design. Inspired by tiny plants clinging to life through cracks in the paving slabs, these hexagonal tiles allow you to add plants and use the tiles like a vase. Can you imagine an entire wall with these filled with plants? I can!!
Designer, Suji Kim was showing her debut collection under studio name, KOIKOI at this years PULSE. We were struck by her geometric, hand tufted rugs that were made in India. Really beautiful work in very sophisticated colours.
I loved Giannina’s knitted homeware! The blankets and cushions in bold, simple geomretric designs were amazing.
Giannina is based in East London, and combines her mixed heritage of Italian and Scottish to create modern designs using a traditional craft.
Photo ┬ęGiannina Capitani 2018
PULSE is an annual trade show event showcasing the best in gift, home, modern living and accessories. Read more about it here.
Featured image photo credits:
Cushion: Giannina Capitani | Scarf:Eleni Malami | Mirror on stand: Iris Hantverk
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