Kensington is a hotspot for high-end homeware stores where interior designers flock to source unique products for their projects. Whether you’re just window shopping or looking for a statement piece, here are the best home design shops in this swanky part of West London.
Set up in 1998, Mint sells homeware designed by both internationally renowned and emerging artists. Many of the pieces on sale are made exclusively for this shop. Products include sleek wooden coffee tables, modular armchairs, glass display cabinets and decorative vases. Mint also offers an interior design service where it works with you to revamp your home.
Founded by designer Martin Waller, the Andrew Martin brand was first established back in 1978, so you’re in good hands. The store sells a range of homeware, all inspired by travel. Pieces include animal-print wallpaper, metal desk lamps, wooden cabinets and brass-framed coffee tables. Many of the products aim to showcase cultures from across the world.
If you’re looking for a bold conversation piece to decorate your home with, Jimmie Martin is the place to go. Rebellion meets decadence in this unique design store where neon brights and graffiti slogans sit alongside Baroque furniture. The shop makes bespoke products, too.
This Italian brand has been running since 1927, opening its first UK shop in Knightsbridge in 2012. Cassina’s collections have included furniture designed by legendary architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Mackintosh, Wright, Bellini, Lissoni, Magistretti, Pesce and Ponti.
This award-winning interior designer offers a range of swish furniture, lighting and accessories inspired by Pooley’s travels. The pieces are generally high-end and luxury items such as crystal perfume bottles and soap dispensers and stainless-steel champagne buckets.
OKA was founded in 1999 and fuses traditional and contemporary styles inspired by the founders’ travels, from vintage markets to mountainous villages. Whether you’re looking for chalet chic, oriental-inspired designs or Moroccan influences, there’s something to suit all tastes.
Established in 2007 by Pavlo Schtakleff, Sé’s pieces are inspired by 20th-century furniture and characterised by a “curvaceous aesthetic and a spirit of play”. At the forefront of contemporary luxury, Sé focusses on quality craftwork, carefully selecting some of the finest artisans in Europe to work with. Head here for a beautiful investment piece that will last a lifetime.
Founded in 2005 by Swedish interior designer Ebba Thott and Danish designer dealer Nina Hertig, this shop specialises in 20th-century design. It sources from niche manufacturers, with products including ceramic kitchenware, chairs, lighting, textiles and storage units. The company also offers a full interior-design service by Thott and Hertig.
Head down to the Design Museum Shop for slick homeware and fun design-led souvenirs, from a spinning top-shaped salt and pepper set to stylish stacking bowls by Claesson Koivisto Rune. While you’re there, check out the Design Museum itself, which moved into its new home in the former Commonwealth Institute in 2017. The building was given a makeover by architects John Pawson and OMA.
Designers Guild has been running since 1970 and is now a well-established global interior-design company. Run by Tricia Guild and her brother Simon Jeffreys, the brand is a great go-to for decorating inspiration, with a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers and paint colours as well as furniture and accessories. In addition to its founding store on King’s Road, Designers Guild has a shop in Marylebone and offices in Munich and New York.