Last month was the launch of London’s eighth Stationery Show, which saw more than 2,000 visitors flock to the Islington’s Business Design Centre. Taking place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, the exhibition nicely coincided with National Stationery Week.
Event manager, Hazel Fieldwick shared: “We want our event to be the place to find writing and paper products – whatever your starting point of interest may be, so it’s great to see such a mix of visitors attending. This year’s show attracted all the national key stationers and a strong line-up of indies.”
Representatives from garden centres, bookshops, gift and greeting stores, print and copy shops, educational establishments, distributor businesses and publishers were all in attendance. The show also welcomed a growing number of licencors, licensing agents, and high street fashion and accessory retailers including Next, Missguided, Next, Monsoon Accessorize and Amara Living.
The show also ran the annual 7th Stationery Awards, which introduced a new accolade – the Good Design Award, which was won this year by Back Pocket. Lime Stationery & Art and Abrams & Chronicle each collected several awards.
The show also introduced ‘Trend Tours’ and the ‘Stationery Trends Hub’ to attract more design and designer-led stationery brands.
“For retailers and suppliers who want to plan beyond the next season, understanding how trend forecasting works and marrying the information to what they know about current customers – or indeed the customers they’d like to have – is of real commercial benefit. It allows retailers and suppliers to focus on what they need to maximise future sales. This is an area we’ll definitely be developing further next year” explained Vanessa Fortnam, the show’s marketing director.
Partnered with The Paper Library, the show also launched the new ‘Student Stationery Award’ scheme. Design managers from Paperchase (Portico Design and Caroline Gardner) are supporting this new competition and offering a student placement as the prize. They attended the show itself whilst also taking taking part in a Q&A about their jobs and roles within their respective companies.
Below are the categorised winners from the Stationery Awards:
Filing – (Joint winners) tied by the Flatty Wallet and Compack – both from JPT Europe
Social Stationery – Green in Bloom Notecards – from Laura Stoddart Ltd
Everyday Writing – Construction Liliput pen by Troika – from Lime Stationery & Art
Novelty – Calendar Stickers – from Carpe Diem
Gift Packaging & Wrap – Hand tie-dyed gift wrap – from Paper Mirchi
Licensed – Christian Lacroix New York A5 Notebook – from Abrams & Chronicle
Diaries, Organisers and Calendars – New Octagon Collection – from Octagon Design (LaunchPad Winner)
Writing Instruments (over £25) – LAMY aion – from LAMY
Notebooks – Troika Lilipad and Liliput – from Lime Stationery & Art
Desk Accessories – The Never-Ending Notebook – from Abrams & Chronicle
Arts & Crafts – Colour Happy Big Box – from edding UK Ltd
Good Design – Back Pocket Notebooks – from Back Pocket
Judges’ Choice – (Joint winners) The Lilipad & Liliput – from Lime Stationery & Art, The Octagon Collection – from Octagon Design