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Top Drawer: Design Trade Show

Photo of designer Michelle Njeri Small talking to buyers
Photo of designer Michelle Njeri Small talking to buyers at Top Drawer 2019.

Top Drawer 2022

Top Drawer, Olympia London
Sunday 10 – Tuesday 12 September 2023

UAL’s Careers and Employability team, together with Clarion Events, offer UAL students and graduates a discounted opportunity to showcase their work in a UAL branded area at Top Drawer.

Top Drawer is the UK’s leading design-led trade show for gift and interior products, with over 30 years of experience.

Top Drawer is where you can showcase your products, increase your brand exposure and generate new leads. This opportunity will give you the chance to sell your work and expand your business contacts directly with both major and independent retailers, from the UK and around the world. Training and support will be provided to the selected exhibitors to make sure they are prepared for the experience.

Top Drawer is carefully curated with buyers in mind, complemented by the recent addition of Top Drawer On Demand - the digital platform connecting brands with buyers.

This opportunity is open to all UAL students, graduates and alumni, and products can include:

  • Gifts
  • Interior accessories
  • Soft furnishings
  • Lighting
  • Glass, ceramics, jewellery
  • Craft
  • Fashion accessories
  • Stationery
  • Greetings cards
  • Frames and prints.


  • You must be a University of the Arts London student or Alumni from an undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree course.
  • You cannot have had your own stand at Pulse or Top Drawer or have been part of the UAL Stand in the past.
  • You cannot have been trading for more than 3 years.
  • You must be present for the duration of the show, including set up and break down.


The cost to participate in this opportunity if selected is:

£65 (UAL students)
£160 (UAL graduates / alumni)

Costs cover:

  • Space to exhibit your work
  • Stand design and build
  • Individual promotional material
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Training events and support
  • Public liability insurance.


Apply online by 10am, Monday 3 July 2023 with your product images and business details.

Apply now


3 July: Deadline for submissions 
7 July: Submission outcome 
12 July: Introduction session for selected exhibitors (5.00pm - 6.00pm)
13, 17 and 19 July: Optional professional development sessions (7.00pm - 9.00pm)

9 September: Delivery and installation of work to show (Olympia, London 10.00am - 2.00pm) 
10-12 September: Top Drawer open – exhibitors should be present each day (9.00am - 5.30pm)
12 September: Show take down (5.30pm - 6.30pm)