Farringdon and Clerkenwell are fast becoming the best places to visit for inspiring interior design. There are stores specialising in bathrooms, bedrooms, lighting and office furniture, and the area hosts Clerkenwell Design Week, featuring exhibitions from leading interior designers. Products on sale range from ornate and traditional to sleek minimalist furniture and accessories for the home or office. The vast array of stores, from luxurious to mid-range priced, means there is something to match every taste and style.
Outside this store is a sign, ‘The bold look of Kohler’ – which is certainly true. Kohler has an overwhelming display of luxury bathroom and kitchen installations. With bathroom suites to fit the smallest or grandest homes, the products fuse subtle elegance with functionality and innovative products such as wall hung basins to maximise on space. The showroom features walk-in showers with seats and circular freestanding baths that give a touch of glamour to bathing. Though taps feature in chrome and brass, there is a focus on light colours for a clean, fresh look to the bathroom.
Reclaimed Flooring Company
A slogan of ‘Purveyors of Sustainable Living,’ The Reclaimed Flooring Company’s ethos is to restore antique wooden beams and floorboards for contemporary homes and buildings. Having won Kevin McCloud’s Green Hero Award, lovingly restored 18th and 19th-century oak and pine can be purchased here, to add a touch of warmth to residential and commercial spaces. There is a range of colours, styles and prices of wood, reclaimed and new oak, to suit every budget. The store also specialises in wall cladding, driftwood flooring and panels, all treatable with different colours, textures and shades to enhance their natural beauty.
Swiss company Vitra is a fresh voice in the world of interior design. Located in Old Street, the store has a range of stylish chairs that bring a new level of comfort to the office. The Antonio Citterio 2008, for example, comes in an extensive range of neutral and bold colours, providing lumbar support, while the choice of cover material means each chair can have a bespoke touch to it. As well as tables, storage and public benches, Vitra has a beautiful range of paper lantern-inspired lamps and modular sofas with soft, neutral colours to fit contemporary homes.
Zaha Hadid Design Gallery
High-end products are featured at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery at Goswell Road. The late architect’s sleek style of sculptural forms and sharp geometric shapes is everywhere, from the thinnest vase to the dramatic gold chandelier, both functional and a statement piece. The Zaha Hadid showroom could be mistaken for a modern art gallery, with bold over-sized furniture pieces that are sleek and contemporary. Not limited to interiors, there are a wealth of fashion accessories such as rings, silk ties and even chess boards.
bulthaup puts grandeur into kitchens. The Clerkenwell showroom features a variety of furniture and kitchen paraphernalia. Islands, breakfast bars and ergonomic storage are only some of the products at bulthaup. There is an emphasis on multi-functional items such as cupboards and wall lines that blend seamlessly into the environment. The natural colours add a contemporary feel and maximise openness to the kitchen while still being true to functionality and purpose. Browsing this store, it is obvious why the kitchen becomes the focal point of a home.
Hansgrohe makes showering and bathing an art form. No aspect of the bathroom has been left out, with products ranging from wastewater to thermostats and valves, and spare parts are available on their website. Hansgrohe and Axor products offer easy to use contemporary taps, wash basins and mixers, emphasising energy saving ideas. The brand considers itself a green company with a focus and commitment to sustainability.
Knoll offers great ideas for the home or office. A range of furniture, textiles and accessories are designed to bring comfort yet keep a contemporary design. Chairs and ottomans are presented with clean lines and natural colours while their range of diamond chairs are surprisingly comfortable, all the while still looking like a piece of art. However, office supplies are slightly retro, with bold, primary colours for seat cushions and lamps bringing a sense of home comfort to the office.
Tucked away in a little side street, Domus offers a spectacular range of tiling products. They offer ideas for the kitchen and bathroom, but also focus on larger places such as swimming pools in need tiling. While most would think of tile designs appearing in a chequerboard-like pattern, Domus delivers honeycomb, raw and intricate geometric patterns for any surface. The company’s attention to detail and impressive range of material bring a sense of style and elegance to the humble floor.
Dynamobel works on a large scale, designing for offices, homes, and auditoriums. The company is committed to sustainable development and social responsibility, with products that are functional yet aesthetically pleasing. Chairs, tables and work benches are modern and sleek, available in a large range of colours. Large partitions, made of materials such as wood, glass and crystal, allow rooms to be divided into smaller areas to maximise on space.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, Ocee Design provides a range of office furniture and storage solutions. There is an extensive range of office chairs, accompanied by a range of accessories such as desk attachments. The company also specialises in reception area furniture such as seating and stools, available in eclectic styles from retro to modern. The showroom demonstrates that even offices can be as warm and comfortable as any living room.