FROM LEADING BRANDS TO THE NEXT BIG NAME IN RETAIL, VISIT PULSE TO SEE IT FIRST. Pulse 2012 is the summer’s largest design focused retail gift, homeware and lifestyle show. With over 10 years’ experience in the design market, Pulse attracts and serves the needs of thousands of retailers year on year.
This year Pulse will present over 600 hand selected designers and manufacturers – which includes over 300 home-grown British designers – showing the very latest in contemporary and innovative Gift, Home and Lifestyle products. The show is stylishly curated into five easy-to-navigate zones: Home, Gift, Fashion Accessories, Wellbeing and Launchpad.
Central St. Martins will again take a central position within Launchpad, bringing with them 20 of the most fresh and exciting design talents in Pulse, all with the ambition to be the next best thing in the retail industry.
Above: Jim Rokos and Ralli Design
Jim Rokos exhibited at Pulse 2011 as part of Central St. Martin’s stand, and in the space of a year, has become a multi-award winning designer, and is set to be a star of the future. Rokos’ products explore the physical properties of materials to generate aesthetic and interactive concepts that encourage a richer interactive experience. Rokos will be exhibiting his innovative 77° 30° 13° Wine Decanter, which has recently won him the prestigous Red dot product design award for 2012. The decanter can rest at a ‘sober’ 77 degrees, a ‘tipsy’ 30 degrees and a ‘drunken’ 13 degrees. This not only encourages user interaction with the product but also increases the flow of oxygen into the wine improving the flavour.
Ralli Design will be exhibiting both their Fika Tea Set and the Shuffle Tidy in Launchpad. Both slick and ornamental in style the Filka Tea Set thoughtfully stacks together when not in use, making it an object you want to have on display. The Shuffle Tidy shares the same core design theme: simple, easy and efficient use of space.
Other Central St. Martins exhibitors to look out for include: Nostalgics, Studio Lav, Alina Petrenko and Lee Washington.
Above: Alina Petrenko and Julie Spurgeon
Also exhibiting in Launchpad is Ham, the brand new quirky British gift and homewares brand that will be making their debut at Pulse. Ham captures unexpected moments from the contented lives of a pig, a horse and a rabbit on a range of thoughtfully crafted and 100% British made wares. Products include premium cotton teatowels and apron, fine bone china and litho printed greeting cards.
Many Launchpad designers are quick to set new trends. There are many to spot at Pulse this year, including a London-centric one that focuses on, amongst other things, the forthcoming London Olympics.
Reiko Kaneko will exhibit several of her much acclaimed ceramic product ranges including Jumpy: a series of sports-themed mugs featuring different sportsmen in movement around the mug. Using the physical shape of the mug as a playground, the handles become part of the game to jump through or over. REthinkthings will present their Olympian Shelf. Design by Ilsa Parry, the shelf is an adaption of Tom Sutton’s classic wall cells. The neat set of 5 circular shelves, which imitate the colours of the famous Olympic rings, can be used for storage in the home as well as a display unit in a commercial setting.
Other launchpad exhibitors include: To Dry For, Woven Oak, Paperself and Julie Spurgeon
Above: Reiko Kaneko and REthinkthings
But it’s not just Launchpad where you will find all the gems. Home, the section of the show dedicated to inspirational brands from the UK and around the world offers an unrivaled selection of homeware products from the cutting-edge and contemporary to the classic and traditional. Exhibiting in Home will be Anorak, specialists in style driven, durable products for the home and outdoors. They will be launching a number of new, never-seen-before products including lunch bags, commuter mugs, ceramic mugs and tin sets. as well as new bedding sets and towels and a expansion of the popular Kissing Bears product range, Anorak will unveil their new Fox print. Designed with the autumn / winter buying season in mind the fox print comes in their best-selling red colourway.
Above: Anorak and Ham.
One of the main attractions this year in Home will undoubtedly be the Dutch Pavilion: an amalgamation of six fantastic brands from the Netherlands exhibiting together on one mega-stand. The young Dutch company Jansen+co will be showing their range of mix and match functional tableware in their trademark bright colours and urban tones alongside their Girl Talk tableware collection design in collaboration with renowned fashion illustrator, Piet Paris.
Cubic Products are launching a number of new products including their new Magpie product line, which includes two new ranges, London Mugs and Backgammon, both exclusively designed for Magpie by Mini Moderns.
Other key companies exhibiting in Home include: He-Sign, Repeat Repeat, Goodwin + Goodwin, Bronte Tweeds and Twice.
As well as products there will be plenty of engaging events to take in at Pulse. This year there will be Mary Portas & House of Fraser’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ – LIVE at Pulse. Watch live, as Mary Portas’ business partner Peter Cross, and a team of scouts from Mary’s new concession stores at House of Fraser, select the next big British-designed range. 10 designers will be given 10 minutes to pitch their product to Peter in a bid to convince him that their product is a future must-have for Mary. This unique event, exclusively for Pulse exhibitors, is a first for any UK retail gift event and takes place only at Pulse, on Monday 11 June, at 2.30pm Earls Court.
Pulse will be the ultimate buying destination this summer, so register now at www.pulse-london.com and come along and be inspired.
Registration for the show is now open at www.pulse-london.com