Continuing the occasional series of Good Shops You Need to Know About, is a round-up of eight of my latest discoveries. Rather than add them one at a time to the relevant directories: Vintage , Contemporary, Boutique and Salvage. I have decided to present them here in one post. This means there is a little bit of everything. Something for everyone. Quality Street not High Street sort of thing.
I love this shop. There is a branch in Rue St Roche in Paris (metro Tuileries) but they are happy to ship to the UK. The site is in either English or French and is a real treasure trove of contemporary lighting, modern seating and other delights. The website isn’t fantastically user-friendly but it’s worth persevering. I love this metal drying rack for example. The wooden ones can be a little too shabby chic for me but this is a great idea for a more modern kitchen. Its €295 and there’s a smaller one for €230 if you’re interested.
Some of it’s vintage, some of it’s new and some of it has been tracked down by owners Laura and Mark, who have done a number of large scale renovation projects but realised that the bit they liked best was arranging all the furniture and lighting at the end. There’s a real eclectic mix from Scandi teapots to metal lighting and illuminated signs as well as the perfect battered leather armchair.
Moving away from eclectic and vintage, is Innes, a store specialising in everything from lighting and furniture to gifts and accessories. If it’s here, it’s a properly licenced piece so you don’t need to worry about cheap knock-offs and copies, but, if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of contemporary items too. If you like to see things for real, and not just in cyberspace, there is a large showroom in Hessle, East Yorkshire or they can arrange for you to visit a London showroom if that suits you better.
Sticking with the contemporary theme, is this newly opened online store which brings together emerging talent from around the world. The site provides a link to each designer’s online boutique where you can see what they stock and find out a little bit more about them too. It’s a bit like entering into a giant department store but instead of having to rely on what the buyer thought you’d like, you can see everything that was made.
James Plant and James Moss set up their studio in 2009 and their client list now includes Anthropologie, Heals, Liberty and Pedlars. Now they have decided to expand with an online store which sells not only their own designs but also those of other designers whom they feel fit well with their ethos. Products are either sourced or made in the UK (that bench above is British Ash) or by locally skilled craftsmen. Check out the Arco light, based on a fishing rod and a winch to really understand where they’re coming from.
A new site dedicated, as the name suggests to new British designers. Their first collection features work by Ben Huggins. New collaborations are in the pipeline. In addition to this rather fabulous rocking chair there is a great little coffee table, which Ben says was inspired by a party trick involving three knives and four bottles of wine. Check out Little Star to see what I mean.
Back in the days when it was called “old and new” rather than “vintage and modern” (basically in 1999) Alistair and Deborah Burnside set up a shop, Attic, full of their finds from around the world – but mainly Paris and New York. The website launched in July 2012 meaning the rest of us could have a look at their collections which now include women’s accessories, kid’s toys and gifts for men as well as furniture and homewares. Happy browsing.
Rather than just re-selling vintage objects, the owners of The Woodshed are practical sort of people and they use the vintage materials to make new, bespoke, and original pieces. Obviously, they will rewire old lights before selling, but you should also look out for their vintage style industrial stools made from the salvaged backs and seats from an old cinema combined with legs made by a local (Somerset) metalwork designer, or their tables (created to exactly the size you want) from reclaimed wood and, again, local steel legs.