The winners of the exciting LaunchPad London initiative were revealed earlier last month, with the 12 winners each receiving an exhibition space at this week’s London Stationery Show.
After careful decision making from a judging panel comprised of 3 judges (all from various stationery specialist backgrounds) 12 startup businesses will now be given the opportunity to showcase their products and impress the public during this week’s London Stationery Show which will take place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of April.
A Tough Decision
One of the judges from the experienced panel and award winning textile and stationery designer, Nikki Strange, spoke highly of the businesses’ who were eager to impress, commenting “It’s been amazing to see such a high standard of creative and varied entries for LaunchPad, particularly with the attention to detail in presentation, packaging and finesse for such newly launched designers and brands.” Another judge involved in this year’s decision making, founder of Papersmiths, Sidone Warren, was also positive about the process concluding “I really enjoyed seeing the product designs and hearing more about how the show is put together.”
Emphasizing the difficult task of only choosing only 12 winners to go forward, Global Brand Director of international art supplies company ColArt, Daniel Mark Carr added “It was incredibly difficult judging all the submissions for this year’s LaunchPad as the quality was absolutely top notch! I was so pleased to see applicants from across the UK and from Croatia, Spain and Australia. I was also impressed at the variety of submissions; a clear sign of the exciting future that is in store for the UK stationery industry.”
After the lengthy task of sorting through a pool of 50 entries during this year’s LaunchPad London, the 12 winners were chosen and revealed earlier last month as:
- Octagon Design – A Barcelona based company producing a range of calendars and planners with a minimalist design style
- Back Pocket Notebooks – A premium quality range of pocket notebooks designed in Oxfordshire by Justin Avery to both inspire and educate across a variety of niche themes.
- Clipmatic – A patent pending minimalist organizer produced in the city of Bristol that works with spiral bound notebooks
- Regiftwrap – A brand of reusable gift wrap available in 6 different colours stored in a reusable gift tin with tear resistant properties
- Yo Boki – The first UK collection inspired by Japanese kawaii culture with their range including greeting cards, wrapping paper, notebook, stickers and more.
- VAU – A premium range of desktop accessories designed in Croatia and made from solid metal.
- How Funny – A large range of greeting cards and prints featuring funny captions and brightly coloured envelopes created by Brighton based designer, Jez How.
- Type and Story – A contemporary paper good brands with a graphical design twist, founded by London based graphic designer Nicci Iseman
- Not Only Polka Dot – A number of fun prints and illustrations used across notebooks, planners, calendars, pencils and other stationery designed in the town of Huddersfield.
- High Meadows Stationery – A range of crafted pencil cases and desk accessories designed to accompany other pieces of high-quality stationery, sourced and designed in Bolton.
- The Curious Department – Collections of stationery themed around nature and transformation aesthetics produced in London.
- WORKS – Designers based in East London who have created the HEX modular system, a unique way to arrange workspaces by ensuring everything you need is to hand, with products crafted from a combination of wood and 3D printed magnets.
Congratulations to all of this year’s LaunchPad London winners.