6 of the best design shops in London as chosen by Livingetc
Got the urge to splurge on your home? Here’s our round-up of six must-visit design shops in London:
Four floors of furniture (and accessories) heaven, Aram has been swinging since the Sixties. Noguchi coffee table? Check. George Nelson Ball clock? Check. It’s a treasure trove of iconic lust-haves with a roster of brands from Artek to Zanotta. Super strong on storage solutions and sofas, there’s also a gallery on the fourth floor celebrating new and upcoming designers. If that’s not reason enough to visit, Aram is also the exclusive licence holder for Eileen Grey’s legendary interiors’ collection including the E1027 side table, which has just been issued in a black powder coated frame. Want!
110 Drury Lane, WC2
Design Museum Shop
Brainchild of Sir Terence Conran, the Design Museum opened in 1989 in a former banana factory on the south bank of the River Thames. It’s a must-visit for fans of designs in all its guises – current show Designs Of The Year covers everything from fashion to transport. So it’s no surprise that their shop is a useful pit stop for interesting products like their exclusive collection of Nepalese rugs by Node, silk cushions by Nitin Goyal and Paul Cocksedge’s genius Vamp Bluetooth speaker converter. Best of all your purchases help to support the future of the museum.
28 Shad Thames, London, SE1
Established by creative dynamo Tricia Guild in 1970, Designer’s Guild is home to some of the zingiest fabrics, wall-coverings, upholstery, bed and bath collections in town. The epic flagship store on the King’s Road has an expert team on-hand to consult on your design needs. If you’re a magpie for colour and pattern, it’s the place to be not just for fabrics but hue-saturated furniture pieces and an extensive paint collection too. We’ve fallen for the new Shanghai garden fabrics (pictured) – a fresh take on oriental chic.
267-277 Kings Road, London, SW3
Happy 30th birthday to East London’s earliest adopter. The two-floor former warehouse flies the flag for British design with a veritable Who’s Who of creative talent from Matthew Hilton and Jasper Morrison to Donna Wilson. Useful too for big brands like Ercol and Flos too (we heart Michael Anastassiades’ collection of IC lights), owner Sheridan Coakley continues to showcase innovative new design – Simon Hasan’s new Bermondsey stool being a prime example.
135-139 Curtain Road, EC2
London’s Scandi super store since 1999 is a lovingly curated collection of covetable classics like Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and Louis Poulsen’s Artichoke pendant lamp. However icons of the future are well represented too with hot-right-now brands like Hay and Muuto. We love the menagerie of design animals from Oiva Toikka’s glass birds to Rosendahl’s wooden monkeys and Nils Olsson’s Dala Horses. And for joyous pops of colour for your home, do not miss Marimekko’s graphic textiles.
86 Marylebone High Street, W1
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The Conran Shop
Founded by Sir Terence Conran (and now in the very capable hands of fashion ace Jasper Conran), the flagship’s home at Michelin House looks good both inside and out. It’s a one-stop shop for carefully considered design from an Eames lounge chair to a lobster cracker. Inspiring room sets mix old and new with vintage finds and original art whilst downstairs there are gift ideas galore. Check out the exclusive Conran Italia collection (pictured) which features a range of Italian made furniture, hand-blown glass, lighting and decorative accessories including Paola Navone’s monochrome serveware. Now that’s amore.
81 Fulham Road, SW3