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Finalists Announced for the Prestigious PaperAwards S/S20

By Emily Peagram 03 Dec 2019

Top Drawer has recently announced the finalists for this season’s PaperAwards, supported by G.F Smith, with winners to be on display at the January S/S20 edition of the show. Celebrating design, creativity and innovation within the Greetings & Stationery industry, these awards are taking place for the eighth time, with entries including the likes of the Design Museum, Fortnum & Mason, Heal’s, the V&A, Papersmiths, Paperchase, Five & Dime, The Hambledon and Postmark Online.

Top Drawer Show Director, Alejandra Campos said, “This season has seen the highest number of entries for the PaperAwards yet, not to mention the most incredible quality. The awards continue to be a highly respected and effective initiative to recognise and support the work of publishers and designers, giving them added exposure to the very best retailers at our show and the judging day, as well as promotion through our expansive marketing and communication channels. From this early glimpse of what’s to come, I’m thrilled for visitors to Top Drawer S/S20 to see the exciting product offering in January.”

Members of the retail and design industry are now asked to vote for their favourite entrants via the Top Drawer website, with winners to be announced prior to the show. Winners and runners up will have their work showcased in the Greetings & Stationery area at Top Drawer S/S20, and each winner will receive a prize worth more than £1,000.

The PaperAwards includes four categories: Exciting Use of Colour, Emotive Design, Engaging Print and Best Stationery Design. The shortlists for the S/S20 edition are:

Engaging Print

Lagom Design



Type and Story

1 Tree Cards

Sadler Jones

Exciting use of colour

Lagom Design

Earlybird Designs

Raspberry Blossom

Crispin Finn

Elvira Van Vredenburgh Designs

Type and Story

Emotive Design


Sadler Jones

Wanderlust Paper Co.

Raspberry Blossom

Dicky Bird


Best Stationery Design


The Completist

Crispin Finn

Sleepy Bee Studio


Block Design

Representing the best in retails across department stores, high street staples and indies, this season’s expert judging panel includes:

Sarah Holmes, Pencil Me In

Preena Patel, the Design Museum

Sidonie Warren, Papersmiths

Emma Hawkins, Fortnum & Mason

Emily Dunstan, Heal’s

Fran Webberley, Five & Dime

Craig Kilmartin, Five & Dime

Jenny Wingfield, Search & Rescue

Olivia Davies, Search & Rescue

Samantha Gibbs, Nest

Victoria Suffield, The Hambledon

Mark Janson-Smith, Postmark Online

Sarah Sevier, V&A

Lucy Sticka, Little Paperie

Heidi Richardson, Little Paperie

Emma Clooney, Paperchase

Joe Guest, Paperchase

Audrey Wollen, Urbanic

Henri Davis, retail and stationery expert

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