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. Amber Glass Tumbler Set
    £45
  2. Red Cedar Handwoven Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  3. Atlas 100% Natural Rapeseed & Bees Wax Candle
    £49
  4. Blue Hawthorn Cotton Dhurrie Large Floor Cushion
    £95
  5. Lupin iKat Silk Cushion Cover
    £70
  6. Green Double Stripe Linden Cushion
    £55
  7. Clear Red Wine Goblet Set
    £45
  8. Bee Balm iKat Velvet Cushion Cover
    £70
  9. Grey Glass Pitcher
    £45
  10. Blue Aspen Cotton Dhurrie Large Floor Cushion
    £95
  11. Mint Green Red Wine Goblet Set
    £45
  12. Blue Handwoven Buckthorn Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  13. Blue Aspen Handwoven Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £550
  14. Grey Handwoven Buckthorn Cotton Dhurrie Rug
    £800
  15. Sweat Pea iKat Cushion
    £70

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. Black / Grey Karlo Backpack
    £90
  2. Grey Frederik Backpack
    £90
  3. Honey Mustard Lotus Hajo Backpack
    £80
  4. Nude Ison Lotus Backpack
    £80
  5. Rose Ison Backpack
    £80
  6. Dark Navy / Grey Karlo Backpack
    £90
  7. Dark Navy Adan Backpack
    £130 £90
  8. Rose Hajo Mini Backpack
    £80
  9. Nude Lotus Hajo Backpack
    £80
  10. All Black Eliza Bag
    £50
  11. Black Stealth Nathan Backpack
    £120
  12. Nude Hajo Mini Backpack
    £80
  13. Black Karlo Backpack
    £80
  14. Black Frederik Backpack
    £80
  15. All Black Stealth Colin Backpack
    £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. 


  1. The Appearance Print
    £49
  2. Avis Print
    £50
  3. The Taurus Print
    £49
  4. Halo Print
    £52
  5. The Scorpio Print
    £50
  6. Faberblau Limited Edition Print
    £244
  7. Kroki Print
    £53
  8. Nyckelbro Print
    £52
  9. Ensamheten Print
    £50
  10. Social Distance Print
    £52
  11. Antibes Sublime Print
    £50
  12. Black Swan Print
    £50
  13. Vindspel Print
    £50
  14. Inombords Print
    £50
  15. Aries Print
    £49

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. Black Suitcase Magazine Holder
    £89
  2. White Edgy Shelf
    £131
  3. Black / Walnut Pythagoras XS Shelf
    £49
  4. Black Pythagoras XS Shelf
    £44
  5. White City Sunday Magazine Rack
    £125
  6. White Pythagoras XS Shelf
    £44
  7. White Left F-Shelf
    £139
  8. Black Bill Horizontal Coat Hanger
    £89
  9. Oak Right F-Shelf
    £139
  10. Black Edgy Shelf
    £131
  11. Black Now Magazine Rack
    £116
  12. White / Cognac Frank Storage Bench
    £894
  13. Black Bill XS Coat Hanger
    £44

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. The Green Lucid Bedding Collection
    £90
  2. White Move-in Bedding Set
    £200
  3. Grey Move-in Bedding Set
    £200
  4. Grey Essential Fitted Sheet
    £35 £19
  5. The Silver Cairo Collection
    £90
  6. Grey Essential Duvet Cover
    £60 £26
  7. The White Essential Collection
    £85
  8. White Lucid Duvet Cover
    £80
  9. Green Move-in Bedding Set
    £200
  10. Grey Lucid Duvet Cover
    £80
  11. Winter Duvets
    £60 £48
  12. The Grey Essential Collection
    £85
  13. White Essential Fitted Sheet
    £35 £19
  14. Cairo Move-in Bedding Set
    £270
  15. Green Cairo Duvet Cover
    £80

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 / Grey Palissy Double Briefcase
    £525
  2. Brass / Chocolate Blade Belt
    £115
  3. Cognac / Dark Grey Carry-on Suitcase
    £315
  4. Cognac / Red Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  5. Black / Grey Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  6. Cognac / Red Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  7. Chocolate Mouse Pad
    £59
  8. Navy / Orange Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  9. Chocolate / Orange Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  10. Cognac 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  11. Black / Grey Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  12. Chocolate / Orange Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  13. Cognac / Grey Vallance Briefcase
    £295
  14. Cognac / Red Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  15. Chocolate 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129

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. 8" Pewter Brooklyn Flat Pendant Lamp
    £69
  2. Pewter Vintage Sleek Edison Wall Light
    £29
  3. 16" Brass Brooklyn Step Flush Mount Light
    £15
  4. 16" Sleek Step Pendant Lamp
    £15
  5. Brass Sleek Large Edison Pendant
    £39
  6. Brass Globe Collection Pendant Lamp
    £69
  7. Pewter Vintage Cage Wire Pendant
    £39
  8. Brass Brooklyn Dome Pendant Lamp
    £69
  9. Rusty Vintage Cylinder Wire Cage Pendant
    £39 £29
  10. Pewter Swan Neck Wall Light
    £35
  11. Light Pewter Brooklyn Step Pendant Lamp
    £15
  12. Light Pewter Old Factory Pendant Lamp
    £59
  13. Brass Vintage Sleek Edison Wall Light
    £29
  14. Brass Swan Neck Wall Light
    £35
  15. Ribbed Glass Brooklyn Antique Funnel Pendant
    £69

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