10 best design and interior shops in London
Amateur of French home deco? Little Paris offers you a fascinating and imaginative time trip through an eclectic range of vintage and unique furniture, curiosities, contemporary Fashion and home accessories, directly sourced from France. From authentic Jielde lights, Nouvelle vague cinema posters to delicious scented candles, jewellery and bags a la mode in Paris, they'll always have something to surprise you. Best of all the shop is constantly restocked, so you are sure to find new items every month! Find it: 39 Park Rd, N8 8TE
The Dark Room
Their ranges are an eclectic mix of designs from emerging and undiscovered designers, together with their own Darkroom collections. The website states that ‘Darkroom is not like other design shops’, with it’s signature blackwalled space, stating that they ‘Reject regular principles of merchandising by genre and gender, we prefer to create dynamic, mixed installations based on texture, colour and form'. Definitely worth a visit! Find it: 52 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1N 3LL.
Her style 'conjures up the ultimate in tomboy meets glamour puss cool vibe, by tempering masculine gentlemen's club design with touches of laid back glam'. She certainly has her own vibe going on when you visit her Islington store. Be prepared for some wildly eclectic offerings which challenge the conventional norm on design and make you think outside the box. Find it: 137 Upper Street, London N1 1QP.
Labour and Wait
From hardware to clothing, Labour and Wait offer products that celebrate functional design and are therefore appropriate in a traditional or contemporary environment. They have sourced a collection of everyday classics which will not date, but which will mellow and improve with age, and which are destined to become favourites. Find it: 85 Redchurch Street, London E2.
Founded by Adam Hill and Maria Speake, Retrouvius is full of old finds, sourced from salvaging old abandoned houses, skips and disused offices. Sold on in their original state on the whole, with a few pieces restored. You will be sure to find something quirky and different, possibly in need of a little restoration. From salvaged marble, oak wood flooring and cast iron fireplaces, to bound copies of The Times Newspaper, dating between 1949 to the 1950's, ideal for wallpapering! Find it: 1016 HARROW ROAD NW10 5NS.
House of Hackney
This is the go to place for bold and beautiful prints. Taking their inspiration from the natural world, this season's collection of wallcoverings and fabrics is based heavily on leaf formations historically used by 19th Century designer William Morris, together with bold colour schemes and 1930s Hollywood. They also offer a whole array of bold printed stuff from screens, chaise longues, to bone china and lamp shades. Be inspired! Find it: 131 Shoreditch High Street. London. E1 6JE.
Attracting the creative and curious, their eclectic emporium stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing home wares. Their interiors and lifestyle shop, café and exhibition gallery presents colour, glamour, glitz and excitement. Discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and more. Browse at your leisure for a fantastical world where everything is retro and riveting, dramatic and daring.
If you are looking for a stand out piece that's original and quirky then a visit to this Jimmie Martin's showroom is a must. Founders Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar definitely go for the glam neon look, with a slight retro feel. The rhino heads are worth a peek, but are not for the faint hearted. Find it:77 Kensington Church St, W8 4BG
2 Columbia Road
Specialising in twentieth century furniture and home wares sourced from all over Europe, the collection at 2 Columbia Road is forever changing depending on what contingent has arrived in stock. There is a continual diversity of pieces on display at any one time in the store., but the owner is happy to source a particular piece if you have one in mind. With stock frequently changing, try checking out the website for the latest offerings or subscribe to the mailing list for regular stock updates and additions. For a visual rather than a virtual treat, visit the store instead and snap up a collectable. Find it: 2 Columbia Rd, E2 7NN; twocolumbiaroad.co.uk
The philosophy of Andrew Martin is to 'bring together style, elegance, comfort and an element of escapism from 'everyday life'. Offering a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and home accessories sourced from around the world, their product range is inspired by a unique mix of cultures, nostalgia and decades. Andrew Martin International is the go-to place for taste makers in search of individual interiors with a twist.