Clerkenwell is renowned for its trendy homeware shops, boasting an abundance of designer furniture and accessories – many of which are showcased during the annual Clerkenwell Design Week in May. Here’s our round-up of the best home design stores in this area of London.
Førest London was set up a few years by Eva Coppens, an avid collector of Scandinavian and Northern European design. The brand specialises in mid-century furniture and lighting – think Danish mirrors made from Rosewood, armchairs crafted by Dutch designer Louis van Teeffelen, and brass floor lamps. The shop also collaborates with contemporary artists to put on exhibitions.
Førest London, 115 Clerkenwell Road, London, UK, +44 20 7242 7370
Førest London | Courtesy of Førest London
This home design shop sells a mixture of contemporary and vintage furniture and accessories. Products include beds, desks, lounge chairs, sofas, mirrors, kitchenware, shelving units and cabinets. There’s also a good selection of lighting for your bathroom, kitchen, floors, and ceilings.
Twentytwentyone, 18c River Street London, London, UK, +44 20 7837 1900
Try Dar Leone for homeware, furniture and lighting – the designs are inspired by different cultures around the world. Shop here for mugs and plates decorated with geometric patterns; eye-catching cushions stitched together using brightly-coloured fabrics; and a selection of vases.
Dar Leone, 1 Chadwell Street, Clerkenwell, London, UK, +44 7889 389670
Cushions at Dar Leone | Courtesy of Dar Leone
Have a look inside Canvas Home, which boasts a wide-range of glassware, textiles, vases, crockery, and cutlery. The design thinking at this brand is influenced by different places and styles from across the globe – including Scandinavia, Spain, Morocco, and Mid-Century Modern.
Canvas Home, 7 Amwell Street, Clerkenwell, London, UK, +44 20 7833 2000
Viaduct’s Clerkenwell showroom spotlights the world’s leading designers – and is the perfect spot to buy contemporary furniture, lighting, and home accessories for your flat. Current stock includes a chair by Hans Wegner; a side-table by Charles & Ray Eames; and a sofa by Niels Bendtsen. Other designers on show includePatricia Urquiola, Harry Bertoia, Bruno Fattorini, Jasper Morrison, and Inga Sempé.
Viaduct Showroom, 1-10 Summers Street, London, UK, +44 20 7278 8456
Go to Arper, founded in 1989, for its stylish furniture. The brand’s design ethos revolves around six core concepts: balance, family, intuition, light, colour, play. Arper also collaborates with designers across the world including, Lievore Altherr Molina, Lievore Alther, and Simon Pengelly.
Arper Showroom, 11 Clerkenwell Road, London, UK, +44 20 7253 0009
Head to Swiss firm Vitra for contemporary furniture displayed in a splendid showroom. The brand sells sleek chairs, tables and sofas by 20th-century designers like George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Verner Panto, Jean Prouvé, and Charles and Ray Eames.
Vitra Showroom, 30 Clerkenwell Road, London, UK, +44 20 7608 6200
Go to Camerich’s showroom in St John Street to browse its big selection of tables, sofas, beds, chairs, desks, and storage units. The brand’s pieces are characterised by their contemporary design and affordable prices.
Camerich, 408-410 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, UK, +44 20 7833 8181
This trendy shop snuggled in Camden Passage is crammed with cool additions for your flat. Browse its porcelain crockery range, multi-coloured metal plant boxes, wool and cotton rugs and adorably decorated cushions (featuring watermelons, pineapples and palm trees).
Smug, 13 Camden Passage, London, UK, +44 20 7354 0253
Smug’s homeware | Courtesy of Smug | Courtesy of Smug