Our pick of the best new
design-conscious places to
shop in the capital
Words Hannah Hopkins
Design fans are flocking to the hotly-anticipated new Design Museum in Kensington. The multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art development covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design, but it’s two exciting new stores are also a must-visit for design-conscious Londoners. One offers a curated edit of design books and objects from established brands and emerging designers, while the second, larger shop – designed by John Pawson (the man behind the Design Museum) – includes everything from furniture to ceramics. We’re big fans of the chairs and tables from Scandi brand HAY, vases from Studio Arhoj and lamps from Paul Smith, but the array of Nuuna graphic notebooks and The School of Life paperweights make great gifts too.
Dutch design brand Moooi has put down permanent roots in the British capital with the opening of its centrally-located brand store in May this year. Located on Great Titchfield Street, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, the showroom offers a slice of Moooi’s impressive design theatrics, which are put on display each year at the Dutch brand’s spectacular Salone del Mobile showcase in Milan. In store, customers will find the 15-year-old brand’s classic pieces alongside its latest printed carpets. Among 2016’s new furniture and lighting introductions are showstoppers by British designers such as Paul Cocksedge and Ross Lovegrove as well as London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac.
This is shaping up to be a stellar year for Italian brand Kartell; who opened their first London flagship store in the Brompton Design District earlier this year. Described as a ‘mini department store’, the shop is home to the brand’s Habitat lines as well as the table range, home fragrances and fashion collections. Expect plenty of plastic and a playful take on design, with pieces playing homage to the late Ettore Sottsass – and the Italian designer’s signature colorful geometric forms.
Italian linen expert Frette has opened a new London store, in collaboration with Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Dimore Studio. Located on South Audley Street, in the heart of the city’s most distinguished retail quarter, the boutique showcases the brand’s traditionally sophisticated aesthetic. Shop for vintage glassware, vases and found objects – alongside a signature and seasonal collection of bed linens, bath linens, home décor and nightwear.
With a long list of luxury residences and yacht interiors to his name, Salvagni has already attracted a dedicated clientele for his designs on both sides of the Atlantic, and now has opened a flagship gallery space on Mayfair’s Grafton Street. The Roman architect-turned-furniture designer makes use of a generous stock of skilled craftsmen, who create made to order pieces with a modernist touch, created with finely-worked materials like mahogany, rosewood, royal oak and laurel. Also worth noting are his striking lighting designs, made with big, bold brass work.