London furniture buying guide: the best design in the city


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Where to find great designer furniture in London

Where to buy furniture in London: Wallpaper’s guide to furniture shopping in London, including contemporary furniture and design destinations in the city, from Chelsea to Shoreditch

Digital shopping is awesome. But nothing beats the tactile pleasure of browsing the best furniture showrooms in person. To make the most of what the British capital has to offer, follow this district-by-district guide to London furniture shopping and window shopping.

Chelsea Harbor Design Center

Visionary, Chelsea Harbor

It’s your one stop shop for everything interior. The ultimate London furniture shopping destination for interior designers, the Design Center Chelsea Harbor features 120 design showrooms, and a tour of its light, domed spaces promises great inspiration and resources in interior design matter.

The offer includes a sophisticated Italian design by the likes of Gallotti & Radice, Visionary and Flexform, a wide selection of textiles by the best in the industry, among them Kvadrat, Dedar and Romo, and bathroom inspiration from top brands such as Victoria + Albert Baths.

South kensington

Boffi From Padua

Furniture shopping in London cannot be complete without a few showrooms in South Kensington, and more with new openings in Spring 2021. Boffi and De Padua invested a three-story building in the neighborhood (72-74 Sloane Avenue) for their new loft-style showroom combining Boffi kitchens and De Padova furniture (including its minimalist collection created in collaboration with the Japanese brand Time & Style), presented at through immersive interiors.

Longtime design residents of the area also include Molteni & C (245-249 Brompton Road), whose showroom opened in 2019 and designed by Vincent Van Duysen, B&B Italy (250 Brompton Road), also offering lighting by Flos and Louis poulsen, and Cassina (238 Brompton Road). Locally designed destination The Conran store (81 Fulham Road) is also nearby, selling iconic furniture and designer items as well as books, accessories and gifts.

Giorgetti

A little further south is Giorgettithe latest opening of (54-58 Fulham Road), the Italian brand’s first location in the city and a suitable space to showcase its new collections, as well as a comprehensive take on the lifestyle, including furniture and kitchens . Italian design companies round off the region’s rich furniture purchase offer. Poliform (278 King Road) and Lema (183, chemin du Roi).

Fitzrovia

Minotti London

In the heart of the city is Minotti‘s space (77 Margaret Street) featuring sophisticated collections from brands like Nendo and Marcio Kogan, while UniFor (12-16 Fitzroy Street), part of the Molteni & C family, presents a comprehensive portfolio of office furniture designed by Aldo Rossi and Michele De Lucchi.

A little further east, in Wigmore Street, the kitchen showrooms are concentrated: Gaggenau, Bulthaup, Boffi and Siematic are all within a stone’s throw of each other.

Clerkenwell

Carl Hansen & Søn

Clerkenwell’s corporate furniture paradise includes immersive shopping destinations such as Carl Hansen & Søn (16 Bowling Green Lane), Cappellini (150 St John Street) and Arper (11 Clerkenwell Road), as well as a multi-brand store Viaduct (1-10 Summers Street) selling pieces from a wide range of contemporary brands and designers.

Shoreditch

SCP

Heading east, the final stop on this London furniture-buying journey takes us to Shoreditch, where independent design showrooms offer an eclectic glimpse into contemporary creativity: SCP (135-139 Curtain Road) is perhaps the most exciting place in Shoreditch, with its own furniture designed by Philippe Malouin and Michael Young, as well as a wide selection of lighting and furniture brands, as well as items and design curiosities. Jasper morrisonits own boutique is a short walk away (24b Kingsland Road), selling a selection of the British designer’s items as well as his eclectic finds. Scandinavian design expert Skandium also opened its latest store nearby (14 Bacon Street), selling one of London’s best selections of furniture, accessories and items from Nordic brands and designers.

Furniture shopping in London: the best independent stores in the city

Aram store

It is also worth mentioning several independent stores that have helped make London an exciting design destination. Among these are Islington Twenty one (274/275 Superior Street), Aram store in Covent Garden (10 Drury Lane) and Tom dixonKing’s Cross’ Coal Drops Yard’s own design universe (4-10 Bagley Walk). §

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