It’s what’s inside that counts
Words Thisvi Papanastasiou
Unto This Last
Located just off Brick Lane, this small but perfectly formed space takes its carpentry skills public in an open workshop, crafting bespoke, elegant furniture from scratch. In an age of identikit flat-pack furniture, there’s a certain romance attached to the idea of the customer becoming the creator, but there are heaps of practical upsides, too. No warehouse or transport costs means that these guys can do away with packaging and offer affordable price points: a simple side table will set you back around £55, dining chairs from £65, double beds from £390. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting a hyper-local business that manufactures at the point of sale. Choose your materials, finishes and add-ons, and watch your dream furniture become a reality.
The interiors world has courted the less-is-more simplicity of the Scandi aesthetic for years, and if you want a contemporary twist on Nordic design, indie furniture company Skandium is your minimalist Mecca. Founded in London by three Scandinavians, its store in Marylebone is a favourite of Mary Portas (there’s an even larger outlet in Brompton, too) and is crammed with snug, Hygge-proffering throws, sparing pendant lights and sleek furniture in neutral tones. Of their new pieces for spring-summer, we love the mustard-toned Knot Cushion by Design House Stockhom (£86) and the oh-so-streamlined Outline Chair by Muuto in ‘Cogniac’ silk leather (£1,675). Don’t skip the small stuff, either – Skandium come up trumps when it comes to the details, particularly their candles. Try Skandinavisk’s Hav scented candle for a fresh, coastline-inspired scent with 45 hours burn time (£29).
The Do South Shop
It’s hard to miss this hotly coloured furniture and lifestyle shop on Crystal Palace’s Westow Street. Launched by Creative Director Freddie Oke in 2010, Do South Shop has steadily curated a strong line up of emerging and established designers, and prides itself on its eclecticism. This is the ultimate haven for the indecisive interiors maven looking to mix-and-match to their heart’s content: 1950s cocktail chairs in buttercup yellow? Check. Ultra-modern, Nordic-inspired shelving? You got it. Antique quilts and hand-painted cabinets? It’s all here. Plus, if you don’t have the time or expertise to implement the home improvements you’re fantasising about, Do South can do it for you with their menu of interior styling and home design consultation services.
If you’re the sort of person who adores trawling markets and jumble sales for vintage furniture but struggles to find the time to do it, Vinterior gives you a similar (if less sociable) experience from the comfort of your own home. Offering access to more than 300 independent boutiques and dealers spanning vintage, antique and mid-century furniture, browsers can snap up hand-printed textiles, intricately engraved Victorian sideboards, or lovingly upcycled pieces to make your home that little bit greener.
Rose & Grey
Founded by Manchester-based husband and wife team Guy and Lyndsey Goodger, Rose & Grey is the interiors brand bringing a vintage twist to beautifully designed contemporary homewear. From printed cushions and mid-century–style coffee tables, to chic storage units and decorative knick-knacks, this is your one-stop-shop for a trend-led interior, and all at a refreshingly wallet-friendly price point.
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