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Pulse Awards – 2016 Winners

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Pulse held its coveted Pulse 2016 Awards on the opening day of the show to celebrate the very best in innovation and commercial design talent.

It was judged by a panel of retail and design experts who awarded and celebrated 6 winners and 6 runners up for their outstanding products and stand design.

The runners-up and winners were announced at an evening drinks reception held at the innovative Pulse on 15 May.

 

Best Newcomer

Judged by Rebecca Hossain, Head of Retail, Design Museum
Winner: Utology

Winner: Utology

"Simple unfussy design for a practical product. A wall hook or set of hooks that in either ash or oak look beautiful on a wall with nothing hanging on them! The detail of the scorched wood hook is a superb finishing touch."

Runner-up: Illuminated Apparel

Runner-up: Illuminated Apparel

"Innovative t-shirt with a glow ink created by the designer and complete with a creative customisable element in the UV pen. On trend – I’ve seen nothing like it before!"

Best Brand Presentation

 Judged by Liz Sylvester, Head of Visual Identity, Liberty
Winner: Men’s Society

Winner: Men’s Society

"Easy winner; could drop into Liberty as a pop-up today. Clear, direct branding, packaging and display with an accessible mixture of products. The clever tool-bench with a tool kit is just brilliant. Product witty and fun but practical – what could be better! I want an orange hip flask please. And Simon wants a gold one and a spanner and bottle opener!"

Runner-up: ENGEL

Runner-up: ENGEL

"Fizzy fresh, inviting, in a light modern way. Engaged immediately with the product. Clear centre piece. Super unique homeware product which is so good for adults. Great packaging and campaign. Really good sugary style."

Best New Product – Living

Judged by Jessica Hodgson, Digital Performance Marketing Manager, Heal’s
Winner: Be&Liv

Winner: Be&Liv

"Really intricate detailed products, so delicate and well thought out design. I love the flatpack element to each piece. The industrial feel is combined with origami folds, creating something truly unique."

Runner-up: Handmade Company

Runner-up: Handmade Company

"Tactile ceramics hand-crafted to a wonderful standard. The mugs were my favourite – the finish was superb. These pieces would be a stand out in any home."

Best New Product – Fashion

Judged by Claire Foster, Fashion Trend Consultant
Winner:  Promises Promises

Winner:  Promises Promises

"Fresh designs within the jewellery and fashion category. Loved the use of materials and the range of pieces, from subtle studs to more statement pendant necklaces."

Runner-up: Vow London

Runner-up: Vow London

"Great new eyewear brand at a fantastic price point. Shapes are fresh and the handmade acetate in fantastic colours and material finishes (especially glitter-look acetate) immediately caught my eye."

Best New Product – Launchpad

Judged by Katie Law, Deputy Literary Editor, Evening Standard
Winner: Cambridge Imprint

Winner: Cambridge Imprint

"This was the stand out exhibitor for me this year. Cambridge Imprint design beautiful patterned wrapping papers and stationery - and brand new for this year - cotton tea towels. The attention to detail is apparent and I love the fact that the products themselves hark back to nostalgic activities like sticker books and hand writing. But there's nothing retro about the patterns or colours, which seem to sit somewhere between Japanese and arts and crafts influences. Best of all, the products are trend-free, wholly original, with nothing else quite like it."

Runner-up: Scout Editions

Runner-up: Scout Editions

"I adore the wit of the designs, especially the snail tray and a perky pigeon print. This, combined with its clean cut design and wide range of products - from cards and prints to enamel pins and pocket mirrors - makes it a very worthy runner-up."

Innovation Award

Judged by Livia Ratcliffe, Marketing Manager, Tate Modern
Winner: Ware London

Winner: Ware London

"Totem body piece. The “Green agenda” is at the heart of Emma’s work, using vegetable dye on leather. The green/grey piece looks almost like metal. Her work has erotic overtones, an S&M feel. Her work is very unusual, beautiful. It is very organic. The shape of jewellery goes to the waist. The quality was excellent. The rivets in the leather were beautiful. Plus adjustable shape."

Runner-up: Puik Art

Runner-up: Puik Art

"Original Maple hat-stand. It reminded me of metal “wing-nuts” on a tool kit. It was an unusual sculptural product. In fact, it was inspired by a maple-tree and maple leaves. The arms of the hat stand move up and down, therefore adjustable for small items or children."

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