Pulse May 2014

Pulse is a trade show held in London that prides itself on being the first to exhibit the latest trends, products and insights for the giftware, home, fashion & jewellery markets.  I went along on Sunday, its opening day to get a feel for the direction the trends are going in.

The products on show were beautiful!  The designs and colours were really inspiring - but over all, rather than feeling utterly daunted I felt encouraged that I am heading in the right direction.

Beneath are some of my favourites with links to the designers sites if you click on the picture:

Oh there were heaps of coasters at Pulse!!  I couldn't believe it.....coasters and lampshades everywhere.  Joanna's work fitted in brilliantly at Pulse - the geometric designs and pen and ink style illustrations continue to be a strong trend for the coming season.

Oh there were heaps of coasters at Pulse!!  I couldn't believe it.....coasters and lampshades everywhere.  Joanna's work fitted in brilliantly at Pulse - the geometric designs and pen and ink style illustrations continue to be a strong trend for the coming season.

Ola is a new brand, launching at Pulse - her work was clean, crisp and meticulous also flying the flag for geometric designs.

Ola is a new brand, launching at Pulse - her work was clean, crisp and meticulous also flying the flag for geometric designs.

Magpie is a company creating several key lines  - clean, crisp designs, extremely commercial and on trend. 

Magpie is a company creating several key lines  - clean, crisp designs, extremely commercial and on trend. 

Dicky Bird have an extensive range of greetings cards in their distinctive style.  What jumped out at me though was the very personal, well developed colour pallet - sugary colours with a brush of browns, ochre and orange.

Dicky Bird have an extensive range of greetings cards in their distinctive style.  What jumped out at me though was the very personal, well developed colour pallet - sugary colours with a brush of browns, ochre and orange.

I have been a fan of Ekaterina's illustration for ages now - it was great to be able to meet her!

I have been a fan of Ekaterina's illustration for ages now - it was great to be able to meet her!

This company, Pleased to meet, have the distinctive flavour of an independent designer but with an extensive range of products of great quality.  Originality hasn't been compromised here. 

This company, Pleased to meet, have the distinctive flavour of an independent designer but with an extensive range of products of great quality.  Originality hasn't been compromised here.