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6.4.06

london design recs?

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d*s reader carey is headed to london and needs our help with design shops to visit. any ideas? some of my favs are habitat and places and spaces. thanks for any tips!

26 Comments:

Blogger @my ruppel said...

Hi!
There are some great handcrafted items at Loop: http://loop.gb.com/ The owner, Susan Cropper, is simply wonderful. Have agreat time!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vessel in notting hill for great tabletop, glass and ceramics

1:11 PM  
Blogger lottie said...

hi there - aram on drury lane in covent garden is a great shop - www.aram.co.uk. also there is twentytwentyone on upper street in islington, along with a whole host of other gems - this is one of the best areas for great design shops - www.streetsensation.co.uk/islingtn/is_intro.htm . camden passage (just off upper street) has a host of antique shops/stalls as well. oh and liberty on regent street - www.liberty.co.uk - is a must. it is by far and away the best department store in london and has a fantastic selection of brilliantly unusual items from arts and crafts pieces to unique ceramics. enjoy your visit!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MUJI - several locations in central london including covent garden

LIBERTY of LONDON - just beautiful if pricey

CONRAN / Habitat stores

Purves & Purves 222 Tottenham Court Road

1:41 PM  
Blogger Style Editor said...

Agreed with anon -- MUJI is fabulous and the Conran shop is a must. The Kings Road in Knightsbridge is a good stroll.
SoHo has its pockets and you MUST go to Liberty at Oxford Circus (tube stop).
Oh and don't bother with Camden, so grimy these days but Portobello market (the Portobello Road) is fun on the weekends.
If you've got time, hop on the train and go to Brighton. Loads'a fun.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Rebecca-bakesale said...

It's not a shop, but I highly recommend the Design Musuem, London. http://www.designmuseum.org/
And it does have a cute little shop.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Heals on Tottenham Court Road - handy for Habitat and Purves & Purves and other good shops.

The Design Museum

David Mellor Kitchen Shop (not just because my stepdad makes some of their chopping boards!)

Liberty is definitely worth a visit.

Enjoy!

2:54 PM  
Blogger tschoerda said...

oh, that is great! i am going to london as well in two weeks and your suggestions come in very handy to me too!! thank you!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Yup..I am going to join in and hammer home LIBERTY!!! heaven on earth...just the store-front sends shivers down my spine!

Also, Heals (original stockists of lucienne day etc), The Conran Shop (the best one IMO is just off Fulham Road)...worth walking through from there to Kings Road, and seeing Muji! And I love the V&A shop, and The British Museum shop for art and design books...

Hope you have a great time!! :)

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monsoon has great home accessories and beddings in select stores.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.monsoon.co.uk

Here's the website for Monsoon Home.

9:38 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Designers Guild!!
277 King's Road (Chelsea)

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Three Layer Cake said...

I don't know why this didn't show up before... but

Mint

Flow Gallery (she does exhibits and sells)

Design Museum (like the others said!)

Carden Cunietti

Columbia Road on a Sunday morning to see the Flower market and all the shops (stop by Treacle for a tiny cupcake)

Caira Mandaglio

Chair (Young British Designers) on Westbourne Grove

It's always nice to see the colors at Designers Guild

and then for like a cool interior eat at YAUATCHA.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Irving said...

you HAVE to go to EAT MY HANDBAG BITCH (yes that's really the name, doesn't have anything to do with handbags). Great midcentury modern furniture and objects in pristine condition. 37 drury lane in covent garden area.
http://www.eatmyhandbagbitch.co.uk/

2:25 AM  
Blogger burgh_creative said...

not a store but there is a great exhibit happening at the V&A museum on modernism. definately worth a look. I agree that twentytwentyone is one of the best stores. good online presence as well for you to drool over. google it.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Ben Brandt said...

Hi, there's a pretty good list of the interesting stuff here. Ben

6:50 AM  
Blogger Maya Laurent said...

We're headed to London in May and this is so helpful! We can't wait to check out these places!

8:29 AM  
Blogger bowie style said...

i would have to recommend SELFRIDGES on oxford street as a one stop design shop - every dept is great, but especially the basement for interior accessories.

from selfridges you can walk up marylebone high street - its boutiques all the way if you go up through st christophers place. there you'll find marimekko, cath kidston, skandium, and another branch of the conran shop.

a bit of trek but quite nice is 'aria shop' in upper street islington.

i agree with everyone else that habitat & heals are great. if you go to tottenham court rd you have those two plus paperchase, purves & purves,cargo home, and the pier
all in a row.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Kate in Somerset said...

There's the Crafts Council Gallery (also has a shop at V&A):
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/

Contemporary Applied Arts:
http://www.caa.org.uk/

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Stuffed, 105 Essex Road, London - Taxidermists in London

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been in London for a couple of years but I think the Fulham Road is better than the Kings Road which has been completely taken over by cheesy fashion chain stores...

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LASSCO in Old Street or Battersea. They are architectural salvage specialists.

One of the most amazing places to visit, everything from church furniture, apothecary shops, cruise liner doors.

http://www.lassco.co.uk/

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For inspiration and awe visit the John Soames House museum in Lincolns Inn fields. (free entry)

This 18thC architect created the most incredible house you'll ever see. Walls turn inside out to reveal galleries, tunnels contain ancient relics from Egypt and atriums flood the basement with natural light.

This is still a hidden gem (just!)

10:21 AM  
Anonymous jennie said...

local artists and take up shop on sundays at spitalfields market on commerical road and the fashion up market right off of brick lane. both are on the east side, a short walk from the columbia flower market (also on sundays and totally worth checking out.) around the area as well are lots of great little shops worth checking out.

you can find some truly amazing pieces for some great deals. come with cash, however, since most are small vendors and don't take credit. and there's only one cashpoint in the area, with a 20-minute line you don't want to wait in.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous carey said...

Thanks to all for the tips....what great info!! I can't wait. Cheers! Carey

2:52 PM  
Blogger J.A. said...

Here is a great modern furniture website;

Modern Furniture

6:14 PM  

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