Best of British

springfair2009Spring Fair International – NEC Birmingham (1st/5th Feb 2009) is the most pioneering and forward-thinking retail show in the UK – is once again showcasing thousands of innovative new products across a range of sectors. Spring Fair International will continue to lead the way and forge new trends in 2009. Spring Fair International celebrates home-grown talent and showcases the biggest collection of British-designed products in the world.

Oliver Hemming – Hall 1, Stand E10
Award-winning British designer, Oliver Hemming has developed a range of beautiful products for the home. Distinctive and uniquely different wall clocks, encased in polished steel, carry some quirky features. In addition his range of kitchen appliances seamlessly unites functionality with contemporary design.

Hudson & Middleton – Hall 4, Stand K03
One of the only manufacturers in the ceramic industry to produce 100% made in England fine bone china, Hudson & Middleton are launching a new range of fine bone china mugs from Fifiefofum featuring the fantastic work of Sue Moffit. Hudson & Middleton will also be showcasing new mug shapes, gift packaging and more exclusive designs including Andrea Jayne, Nikki Corker and the Little Dog Laughed.

Shrieking Violet – Hall 4, Stand K03
Designed in the UK, this innovative range of striking gifts and silver jewellery is made with real flowers including roses, forget-me-nots, poppies, daisies and cultivated four-leaf clovers.

Ashleigh & Burwood – Hall TBC
Formed in London in 1993, Ashleigh & Burwood is a rapidly growing producer of fantastic fragrant gifts. At Spring Fair International 2009 Ashleigh & Burwood will be unveiling brand new ready-made gift sets and additional fragrances for its outstandingly successful range of Fragrance Lamps.

Bedlam Puzzles – Hall 5, Stand D23
British designed, produced in the UK and sporting the Union Jack on the packaging, you can’t get more British than this! The Bedlam Cube is the king of puzzles and is available in recycled plastic – the closest to carbon neutral a plastic toy can get.
Inch Blue – Hall 4, Stand A77
These toasty looking Sheepskin Booties are made from the softest sheepskin that will keep toes warm in the winter and cool and fresh in the summer. Made from British sheepskin and designed and handmade in Britain, the range is new and improved for 2009.

Keith Proctor – Hall 12, Stand K02
British artist Keith Proctor is new to the art market with his range of bold, fresh and colourful work where he makes the ordinary look extraordinary. Having exhibited in galleries in the 90s, Keith will debut his work to the commercial market at Spring Fair International 2009.
Denby – Hall 2, Stand D25 / E26
2009 marks Denby’s 200th anniversary and to celebrate Denby has created ‘Natural Pearl’, a brand new shaped tableware range with nine stunning Limited Edition pieces. In addition, Denby is also launching six collectable one-cup teapots. Gift boxed in beautiful packaging, these mini replicas of the Denby teapots are limited to a production run of just 3,000 per pattern.

Penny Kennedy – Hall 3, Stand N23
New to the unique range of gift packaging from Penny Kennedy is the ‘William Morris Unfinished’ range. Using sketches by the British artist that were never finished, the colours of the designs have been reworked to give the story a more contemporary feel. In addition to this range, Penny Kennedy will also be showcasing the launch of ‘Vintage Baby’ which utilises the well-loved baby card designs by Laura Darrington who recently won the Young Designer of the Year award at the Henries.
Retreat Home – Hall 9, Stand D01
Combining a touch of ‘Home Sweet Home’ retro with the seaside, the Retreat Home range adds new designs such as bunting, tea cakes, padded photo frames, fabric letters and floor cushions to an updated selection of cushions and candles. Candy-inspired pinks and greens as well as grosgrain ribbons woven in stripes, ribbon covered button detail and beautiful embroidery set this beautiful range above.

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