Where to find great furniture design in London
Where to buy furniture in London: Wallpaper’s guide to London furniture shopping, including contemporary furniture and design destinations in the city, from Chelsea to Shoreditch
Digital shopping is great. But nothing beats the hands-on, tactile delight of perusing the best furniture showrooms in person. To make the most of what’s on offer in the British capital, follow this district by district guide to London furniture shopping, and window shopping.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
This is your one-stop shop for all things interiors. The ultimate London furniture shopping destination for interior designers, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour includes 120 design showrooms, and a visit to its bright, domed spaces promises great interior design inspiration and resources. From 13 to 18 March 2022, the complex hosts a design event celebrating the international brands showing under its domes, with workshops and talks enriching the location’s offering.
The offering includes sophisticated Italian design by the likes of Gallotti & Radice, Visionnaire and Flexform, a wide textile selection by the best in the business, among them Kvadrat, Dedar and Romo, and bathroom inspiration from leading brands such as Victoria + Albert baths.
London furniture shopping can’t be complete without some showroom-hopping in South Kensington, and more so with new openings in spring 2021. Boffi and De Padova have taken over a three-floor building in the area (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 Japanese brand Time & Style), presented through immersive interiors.
Long-time design residents of the area also include Molteni & C (245-249 Brompton Road), whose showroom was opened in 2019 and designed by Vincent Van Duysen, B&B Italia (250 Brompton Road), also offering lighting by Flos and Louis Poulsen, and Cassina (238 Brompton Road). Local design destination The Conran Shop (81 Fulham Road) is also nearby, selling iconic furniture and design objects as well as books, accessories and gifts.
A bit further south is Giorgetti’s latest opening (54-58 Fulham Road), the Italian brand’s first location in the city and a fiting space to showcase its new collections, as well as a full lifestyle vision including furniture and kitchens. Completing the rich furniture shopping offering in the area are Italian design companies Poliform (278 King’s Road) and Lema (183 King’s Road).
In the heart of the city is Minotti’s space (77 Margaret Street) offering the brand’s sophisticated collections by the likes of Nendo and Marcio Kogan, while UniFor (12-16 Fitzroy Street), part of the Molteni & C family, presents a full portfolio of office furniture design by the likes of Aldo Rossi and Michele De Lucchi.
A bit further east, on Wigmore street, there is a concentration of kitchen showrooms: Gaggenau, Bulthaup, Boffi and Siematic are all a stone’s throw from each other.
Contract furniture haven Clerkenwell 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 multibrand store Viaduct (1-10 Summers Street) selling pieces by a wide range of contemporary brands and designers.
Moving east, the last leg of this London furniture shopping journey takes us to Shoreditch, where independent design showrooms offer an eclectic overview of contemporary creativity: SCP (135-139 Curtain Road) is perhaps the most exciting Shoreditch location, with its own furniture designed by the likes of Philippe Malouin and Michael Young, along with a wide selection of lighting and furniture brands, as well as objects and design curiosities. Jasper Morrison’s own shop is a quick stroll away (24b Kingsland Road), selling a curated selection of objects by the British designer as well as his eclectic finds. Scandinavian design expert Skandium has also opened its latest location nearby (14 Bacon Street), selling one of London’s best selections of furniture, accessories and objects from Nordic brands and designers.
London furniture shopping: best independent stores across the city
Also worth mentioning are several independent shops that have helped make London an exciting design destination. Among these are Islington’s Twentytwentyone (274/275 Upper Street), Aram Store in Covent Garden (10 Drury Lane) and Tom Dixon’s own design universe in King’s Cross’ Coal Drops Yard (4-10 Bagley Walk). §