Winners revealed for 2019 Stationery Awards
By Mark Hayhurst 01 May 2019
The Stationery Awards are in their eighth year, but this year was a first for two new categories recognising Retailer and Designer contributions to the stationery industry.
The winners for this year’s Awards, which aim to recognise and benchmark good practice and innovation in the retail stationery sector, were announced at an informal drinks evening held after the first day of Stationery Show London 2019.
Representatives from Award sponsors AT Cross, GO Stationery, Craft Business and The Giftware Association, along with a selection of the Supplier and Retailer judges all took part to help announce the winners.
2019 Winners – Supplier Stationery Awards
Several suppliers had a good Awards evening, picking up a couple of wins each – Quadrille won both the Diaries, Organisers, Calendars and Licensed Stationery categories, whilst ExaClair’s new gift wrap range by Clairefontaine also collected two awards, including the Judges’ Choice. It was also great to see a LaunchPad winner, Makers Cabinet (formerly Brahman Design) winning the Desk Accessories category.
The judging panel this year included Katy Golden, head of gift at the Great British Card Company, Chris Lambert, founder of rapidly growing subscription box service Scrawlrbox, Sarah Laker, owner of Marple Stationery Supplies and figurehead for this year’s National Stationery Week #StationeryShopSaturday campaign, Sidonie Warren, co-founder of Papersmiths, Mark Hayhurst, sponsor and editor of Craft Business, Debbie Wigglesworth, paper Passionist from consultancy The Paper Collaborative and Abigail Ball, deputy stationery buyer at Fenwick.
Art & Crafts (Sponsored by Craft Business): Chameleon Fineliners - Chameleon Art Products Ltd.
Desk Accessories: Høvel - Makers Cabinet.
Diaries, Organisers, Calendars: Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary - Quadrille Publishing.
Everyday Writing Instruments: Kaweco FROSTED Sport Series - Studio Pens.
Filing & Storage: +KRAFT - JPT Europe Ltd.
Gift Packaging & Wrap: Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range - ExaClair Limited.
Licensed Stationery: English Heritage: Fold & Post - Quadrille Publishing.
Notebooks & Journals: Bauhaus 100 Years Collection - Leuchtturm1917
Novelty Stationery: 3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit - Securit by Vermes BV.
Social Stationery: Balloon Card Range - Petra Boase Ltd.
Writing Instruments (over £25 RRP): Troika Capmatic Pen - Lime Stationery & Art.
Good Design (Sponsored By The Giftware Association): Ideas Collection - VENT for Change.
Judges’ Choice 2019: Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range - ExaClair Limited.
2019 Winner – Designer Stationery Award
The Stationery Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by GO Stationery, was won by Laura Jackson, of Laura Jackson Design.
Laura trained in Jewellery Design & Silversmithing at the esteemed School of Jewellery in Birmingham and then embarked on a career in luxury fashion. She spent eight years in design and development at several high-profile international brands in Birmingham and London, before embarking on a nine-month exploration around Asia and the Pacific.
Inspired by her travels she now designs a range of homewares and interior products, all of which are made in the UK. https://www.laurajacksondesign.com/
The team at GO Stationery selected Laura’s submission saying: “A bold, striking, commercial and very versatile winning design - fully adaptable with endless opportunity. Laura clearly knows stationery and proposed the top two selling formats.
“She also went the extra mile and proposed a print specification and price and therefore not only entered with a design concept but has taken it all the way to manufacture ready!”
2019 Winners – Retailer Stationery Awards
With the support of sponsor A T Cross, five new retailer categories were added to the Stationery Awards this year for the first time. It was a great evening for Sidonie Warren, co-founder of Papersmiths, which picked up two category awards. Sidonie was also part of this year’s Supplier Award Judging Panel – which she ‘enjoyed immensely’.
The judging panel for the Retailer Awards included Kerri Middleton, MD of Busy B, George Wilkinson, MD of Nuco International, Jane Reucroft, founder and Chloe Bayles, head of wholesale at A Gift From The Gods, Rebecca Saunders, independent retail and e-commerce consultant, Michael Owen, co-founder of Lime Stationery & Art, and Gemma Bassett, marketing manager at Sinclairs and a Star Choice in the Thirty Under 30 stationery initiative.
Best Customer Initiative (Instore or Online): The Scrawlr Challenge – Scrawlrbox.
Best POS/Merchandised Display of Stationery: Vincero! - Scriptum Ltd.
New Store of the Year: Papersmiths Brighton and Papersmiths Chelsea.
Best Non-Specialist Stationery Store: Papersmiths.
Best Specialist Stationery Store: Cult Pens.