The brand new HOME show, which ran last week at Earl’s Court, offered an inspiring selection of stylish, high quality interior accessories, lighting and occasional furniture, from hundreds of the best design companies in the UK and Europe.
Joining a panel of judges whose job it was to select the best of the show’s stands was our own Jill Webb from Conran & Company who was accompanied by other design commentators including London Design Guide editor Max Fraser.
The winner in the best stand category was Reiko Kanieko – known for her delicate ceramics and pleasing aesthetic style.
Hers was a tiny stand and the judges felt quite strongly it would have been easy to award the prize to a big stand but that the restrictions of smaller scale made the job a lot more difficult. The stand complemented the product beautifully, with narrow shelving in quality wood and simple, paired back but elegant design.
Best British product went to a new entry from former trade-only toaster makers Rowlett Rutland (best tag line ever “Because toast deserves respect” – so true) also proudly, and wonderfully, made in the UK. Being ‘good enough for industry’ definitely makes these toasters a firm favourite among us consumers we are sure and the fact they are made in the UK make them a firm Terence favourite too.
The best new product was Black & Blum’s ‘eau good’ water bottle: not just a clever name but also a stylish looking water bottle that makes tap water taste great.
Dan Black and Martin Blum wanted to create a bottle that was ergonomically- (and aesthetically) designed and would filter tap water as you drink.
The ingenious and careful design is based on an ancient Japanese filtering system using carbon filters. Read more about it here on Treehugger.
All in all a great show – and not forgetting we were there in our own Conran capacity too, showing some brand new designs from Content by Conran and Conran Bath & Body.