11 May Londons Best Interior Design Shops
It may sound cliché, but I really do love our namesake city, London Town. When it comes to sourcing stylish things for our homes we are completely spoilt for choice with beautiful design shops stretching from north to south, east to west. After spending a few months in New York I realised how ahead of the curve London really is in the style stakes ranging from London institutions to shops owned by talented young architects and interior designers. Here are a few of my favourite interiors shops to visit, whether you are buying or just looking to gather ideas, these are a great place to start.
Future and Found source both new and vintage products for their store, showcasing new designers from around the world as well as their own designs. This may sound like a slightly confused aesthetic but the criteria for all products, vintage or new, is that they are simple, stylish and thoughtfully designed.
Known for her glamorous and bold yet stylish aesthetic, author and interior design extraordinaire Abigail Ahern opened up shop in Islington so now we can have a piece of her statement style. Think dark inky hues, oversized chandeliers and her signature beautiful delicate and stylish silk flowers that are on display in the Vatican no less. As far as Abigail Ahern is concerned, more is more and I might just begin to agree.
The name of this shop is taken from ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
And that encapsulates everything this shop stands for. They only sell products that will stand the test of time, that you can rely on, that will become a part of your life and never go out of fashion. We live such a disposable life nowadays that the honesty and quality of this shop is refreshing and well worth checking out.
(Chiswick High Road)
Housed in a former cinema dating back to the 1890’s, The Old Cinema is a treasure trove of vintage and retro finds. It is almost impossible to sum up this place in a few words since the stock is constantly changing. They curate everything from classic Danish furniture to interesting investment pieces from India and China. All I can say is go and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!
Started up in 1996, twentytwentyone has both a retrospective and forward thinking attitude to interior design. Their appreciation and knowledge of classic mid-century styles has heavily influenced the new designers they stock, ultimately ending in a harmonious fusion of modern and classic with a definite Scandi edge. Their aesthetic is fashionable without being faddish and this seems to have stood them in good stead since they have now been up and running for nearly twenty years.
London is such a huge city it can be hard to know where to start so next time you’re on the hunt for your next statement piece we hope this guide starts you off on the right foot. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!