Master Bedroom Ideas want to inspire you with the capital’s interior and homeware shops.
Are you looking for a furniture that will blow away your friends and family? Take a look ate some homeware and furniture stores.
At Alfies Antique Market your vintage handbag comes with a few words about its provenance, and a spot of gentle hunting is often rewarded with a genuinely rare piece of furniture. A rambling network of four floors, the indoor market houses some 75 clued-up sellers providing a discerning selection of jewellery, clothing, homeware and decorative items predominantly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
South-east London’s premier treasure trove of furniture is easy to spot from the road – the lifesize metallic model of Predator is a slight giveaway. Inside what feels like a giant shed hang a variety of chandeliers. The far back wall, covered by stacks upon stacks of paintings and prints in mismatched frames, can’t be seen from the doorway because of the sheer volume of wing-backed chairs and dressers.
It’s always a tight squeeze in this petite boutique just off Lamb’s Conduit Street. But despite its diminutive scale, there’s plenty packed in at Ben Pentreath, from kitchenware and stationery to cushions and candles. True, this place is an ideal gift destination, but as you’re buying your mate a gorgeous glass tray lacquered with a vintage map of London, you just might find yourself stocking up on those trendy Kilner jars you suddenly need.
There are more than 15 dealers selling across four storeys at this warehouse-style showroom. Each floor has its own character: if you like artily arranged mid-twentieth-century furniture, head down to the basement; if its Victorian antiques you’re after, negotiate the tangle of chests, tables and accessories on the first floor.
A stone’s throw from Regent’s Park, Decoratum has often been described as a museum or a gallery purely because of its attention to detail in regards to the layout of the store. Aesthetically pleasing, Decoratum showcases some of the best quality original vintage furniture from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and is a favourite among interior designers and private collectors.
This tiny retro furniture and design emporium is hidden just past Broadway Market and beside the canal, in a ground-floor unit of artists hub Regent Studios. Crammed with artfully presented vintage furniture and curios such as retro alarm clocks, desk lamps, stylish coat stands, framed insects, animal skulls, shopkeepers’ display cabinets, classic tins and bottles, old typewriters, as well as a selection of framed contemporary art.
A Francophile’s delight. Little Paris’s buyers hop over the Channel every three weeks to bring you vintage French posters, battered signage and ephemera. The showroom at the back has some quirkier items including the front grille of a classic Citroën Avant and medical posters from the 1950s. There are larger furniture items too, from beautiful wooden cabinets to sandblasted metal pieces.
Stylish and accessible interiors shop Pitfield London is spread across a big double-fronted former office block, and is the retail arm of celebrated interior designer Shaun Clarkson. Clarkson (and business partner Paul Brewster) fill the space with pieces procured at home and abroad (the resourceful pair travel every month and raid local markets and manufacturers).
This canal-side store showcases furniture and homeware by Britain’s maverick industrial designer Tom Dixon as well as an exclusive selection of pieces by Dixon-approved design brands. The former head of Habitat likes to keep the space dynamic with pop-up events and regularly updated collections.
Housed in a former 1890s cinema, this vintage and antiques store is a great spot for finding striking furniture pieces; think utilitarian lockers, steel desks or mid-twentieth century sideboards, as well as smaller items including battered old trunks and Anglepoise lamps. There’s plenty here for Danish design lovers.