With new brands cropping up every week, it can be hard to keep up with who’s doing what. From  sustainable luggage through to industrial furniture, OPUMO stocks brands to watch through every discipline, and they’re all linked by one thing: a focus on great design. 

If you’re on the look out for emerging brands with a focus on design and sustainable production, or interested in what new releases are on the market, you’re in the right place. Here are our brands of the week.

Brands of the week:

POLKRA

POLKRA is a forward-thinking homeware brand looking to do things slightly differently. Managing every level of its process from sourcing to production and distribution, POLKRA is known for its highly individual take on home accessories from towel sets to candles and even matchboxes.

Its latest collection of tea towels feature unique prints by artists including Julianna Byrne and Sainte Maria and are well worth a look if you want to spruce up your kitchen. 


  1. Linden Handwoven Cotton Rug
    From £300
  2. Green Double Stripe Linden Cushion
    £55
  3. Green Maple Cushion
    £55
  4. Atlas 100% Natural Rapeseed & Bees Wax Candle
    £49
  5. Blue Aspen Handwoven Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  6. Blue Handwoven Buckthorn Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    From £550
  7. Green Hawthorn Cotton Dhurrie Large Floor Cushion
    £95
  8. Soft Blue Linden Cushion
    £55
  9. Blue Hawthorn Cotton Dhurrie Large Floor Cushion
    £95
  10. Bee Balm iKat Velvet Cushion Cover
    £70
  11. Grey Handwoven Buckthorn Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £800
  12. Floral Lawns 100% Natural Coconut & Bees Wax Candle
    £49
  13. Jasmine iKat Silk Cushion Cover
    £70
  14. Blue Double Stripe Linden Cushion
    £55

Ucon Acrobatics

Noted for its minimal designs and high quality construction, Ucon Acrobatics produces some of the finest bags around. From simple roll-top backpacks through to cross body bags, the Berlin-based brand is known for using sustainable fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, which give its products an ethical as well as aesthetic edge. 


  1. Tobacco Square Rug
    From £5
  2. Modification by Ordinary People Watch
    £323
  3. Slate Black Stockholm 2.0 Speaker
    £1,170
  4. White / Stainless Steel Max Bill 6049 Quartz Wall Clock
    £275
  5. Navy Heavyweight 24 Trousers
    £125
  6. Helios Pendant Light
    £430
  7. Grey Lambswool Sweater
    £100

Peytil 

Characterised by its simple line drawings and stark use of space and colour, Peytil artworks are incredibly easy to incorporate into virtually any room. Artist Eitil Thorén Due founded Peytil out of Stockholm, as a creative outlet he felt was lacking from his day to day work. Peytil has gone from strength to strength, with a number of limited editions pieces among its highlights today. 



Maze

Founded in 2003, Maze has prided itself on producing minimal yet functional designs made to improve the home. The Swedish brand collaborates with local craftspeople, meaning all production of its furniture takes place in Sweden. As a result the brand is able to take quality control to the next level, while ensuring its slow production has a minimal affect on the environment. 


  1. Character Sunglasses
    From £95
  2. Number 17 by Marleigh Culver
    From £110
  3. Grey Javier Leather Belt
    £80
  4. Black Beoplay P6 Portable Speakers
    £340
  5. Berlin Sofa
    From £1,249
  6. Hem
    Black Alphabeta Floor Lamp
    £730
  7. Counter Plant by David Kitz
    From £392
  8. Black Tab Floor Lamp
    £340

House Babylon

As we spend more time at home, our attentions have turned to improving our living space. And what better place to start than with bedding? House Babylon specialises in producing exemplary bedding made from ethical cotton and linen in colours that are incredibly easy to blend in to a variety of interior designs. 


  1. Khaki Simple Zip Corner Wallet
    £115
  2. White Linen Fitted Sheet
    From £70
  3. The Green Large Suitcase
    £295
  4. Black Anthracite Beosound A1 2nd Gen Portable Speaker
    £200
  5. Coated Anthracite Tetrik Side Bag
    £71
  6. Mustard / Black Plus Rug
    From £5
  7. Grey Woven Suede Francesco Belt
    £75

Carl Friedrik 

Starting out in the world of luxury luggage, Carl Friedrik has made a name for itself by crafting beautifully made, well executed leather bags the likes of backpacks and briefcases. The brand’s recent venture into desk accessories sets it apart though. Look out for its valet tray, mouse pad and desk mat, which are all made from the finest vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather and each come with a lifetime warranty.  


  1. Black 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  2. Navy / Grey Palissy Double Briefcase
    £525
  3. Cognac 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  4. Black / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  5. Navy / Orange Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £495
  6. Chocolate / Orange Palissy Briefcase
    £445
  7. Cognac / Grey Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  8. Black 11" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  9. Cognac / Red Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £495
  10. Cognac 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  11. Black / Grey Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  12. Navy / Grey Palissy Weekend Bag
    £525
  13. Palladium / Cognac Metal Belt
    £115

Industville 

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s lighting, there are few brands better to turn to than Industville. Based in London, Industville puts an industrial spin on everything it does, from pewter pendant lights to swan neck caged wall lights. The prices of its designs are surprisingly affordable too, making them an ideal option for those looking for exceptional attention to detail at wallet-friendly prices. 


  1. Copper Vintage Sleek Edison Cone Pendant
    £79
  2. Gunmetal Bulkhead Outdoor / Bathroom Wall Light
    £89
  3. Ribbed Glass Brooklyn Antique 12" Dome Pendant
    From £84
  4. Brass Old Factory Pendant Lamp
    £59
  5. 8" Brass Brooklyn Flat Flush Mount Light
    £69
  6. Brass Brooklyn 5 Wire Pendant
    £159
  7. Light Pewter Brooklyn Step Pendant Lamp
    From £15
  8. Copper Vintage Sleek Edison Wire Pendant
    £29
  9. Copper Old Factory Slotted Vintage Pendant
    £99
  10. Pewter Sleek Large Edison Pendant Lamp
    £39
  11. Rose / Pewter Brooklyn Wire Cage Wall Light
    £49
  12. 8" Brass Brooklyn Dome Flush Mount Light
    £69
  13. Wood / Metal Turner Adjustable Bar Stool
    £99 £59
  14. Pewter Brooklyn 24" Giant Bowl Pendant
    From £94
  15. 8" Pewter Brooklyn Umbrella Pendant Lamp
    £69

In case you missed last week's Brands to Watch, click here.