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Our favourite homeware and design shops in the UK

Looking for gift inspiration? Whatever the season or reason, these are the independent stores to look to

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Whether you’re about to start a decorating project or looking for a quick home update, these renowned furniture and design shops are destinations in their own right, offering the best brands, creative displays and the latest looks for your space. Inspiration starts here…


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Heal's

Heal’s

The much-loved home department store has always been a byword for quality and timeless style, and its iconic Tottenham Court Road flagship is as much a part of the fabric of the country’s design heritage as the furniture designs within. As well as its assured in-house lines, there’s a generous spread of brands to suit every type of contemporary home, from Ligne Roset and Ercol to Tom Dixon.

Look out for: Home office and outdoor updates from the just-launched spring/summer collections, including the ‘Petra’ outdoor furniture and new desks ‘Reveal’ and ‘Flette’.

Branches at Tottenham Court Road, Westfield White City, Kingston Upon Thames, West Yorkshire and Brighton, heals.com


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Twenty Twenty One

Twentytwentyone

Now one of London’s most influential design destinations, Twentytwentyone was founded in 1996 by duo Tony Cunningham and Simon Alderson, who met selling from separate stalls in Camden Stables Market. They’ve since earned a loyal following for their smart edit of mid-century designers by the likes of Eames, Finn Juhl and Robin Day, presented alongside pieces by contemporary makers. A mix of price points make this a brilliant destination for gifts.

Look out for: A series of limited editions re-issues, released this year to celebrate the store’s 25th anniversary, include Alvar Aalto’s ‘Stool 60’ and ‘Tea Trolley’.

Branches at Upper Street, Islington and River Street, Clerkenwell, twentytwentyone.com


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Moleta Munro

Moleta Munro

You’ll spot the Scandinavian focus of this Edinburgh store straight away – specialising in furniture and lighting, this a Scottish home for brands like Astep, Carl Hansen & Søn, String, Gubi, Louis Poulsen, Menu and Muuto. It’s only a ten minute walk from the city’s main Waverley Station for those on a quick design detour, though we’d always recommend a leisurely browse.

Look out for: Alongside the big Nordic names, there are new pieces from Brit brands like SCP and Case Furniture.

London Road, Edinburgh, moletamunro.com


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Designers Guild

Designers Guild

An essential destination for interior designers and decorating mavens alike, Designers Guild is a source of inspiration and a one-stop shop for fabrics, wallpapers, paints and homeware. What customers have no doubt missed most over lockdown though, is access to its team of experts with their wealth of knowledge on every aspect of realising a scheme.

Look out for: New ceramics from Ali Hewson and a fresh restock of vintage Danish desks.

Branches at King’s Road and Marylebone High Street, London, designersguild.com


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Aram Store

Founded in 1964 by the late Zeev Aram, Aram Store is widely credited with introducing furniture from the likes of Bauhaus alumni Marcel Breuer and Modernist architect Le Corbusier to the UK. Since its early days, it has curated the very best in contemporary design, from perennial favourites such as Eames chairs, to exciting new work from rising talents and specialist brands that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.

Occupying a Victorian warehouse building in Covent Garden, Aram Store’s 20,000 square feet of showroom space is spread over five floors, so leave plenty of time to peruse.

Look out for: Dedicated areas to the latest collections from Acerbis, Gubi and MDF Italia – Acerbis’ ‘Storet’ chest of drawers are a particular standout.

Drury Lane, Covent Garden, aram.co.uk


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Nest

Nest

Soon to open in its new home in Sheffield’s landmark brutalist building the Scottish Queen at Park Hill, Nest was launched in 2003 after founder Christian Hawley found design inspiration on a trip to Melbourne. An early pioneer of online retail thanks to his tech background, its vast online shop stocks Italian heavyweights like Cassina, Living Divani and Flos alongside a veritable who’s who of European design. There will be plenty to see in person at the new 3,500 square foot showroom.

Look out for: A brilliant selection of rugs – our favourites include Nanimarquina, CC-Tapis and Gan.

Coming soon to Park Hill, Sheffield, nest.co.uk


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The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop

Whether you’ve a particular purchase in mind or are just in the market for window shopping, The Conran Shop always delivers. With a keen eye for tracking down interesting independents from around the world, a crack in-house design team and a knack for bringing it all together in store with a roster of design classics and vintage pieces, a visit will always leave you feeling inspired, if not weighed down with bags.

The store has also launched its styling service led by the brand’s former Head of Creative Betsy Smith, designed to help customers curate a scheme that best suits their home and needs. Initial consultations can be booked online.

Look out for: Lighting by Gubi and Martinelli Luce; the latter’s ‘685 Elmetto’ table lamp designed in 1976 is a gem.

Branches on Fulham Road and Marylebone High Street, conranshop.co.uk


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Chaplins

Chaplins

With over 180 designer brands under one roof, Chaplins truly has something for every home or project, whether you’re looking for the latest modular sofa that will stand the test of time, or striking lighting to make a statement. Its 25,000 square foot space is divided up into carefully curated ‘studios’ to showcase selected brands and help customers envisage pieces in situ.

Book a showroom appointment online ahead of time to get the best out of your visit and to make the most of the store’s expert staff.

Look out for: Mario Belini’s iconic ‘Camaleonda’ sofa, reissued by B&B Italia, Ligne Roset’s ‘Pukka’ seating collection and Lema’s ‘LT40’ system, part of Chaplins’ new Lema fitted furniture studio.

Hatch End, Middlesex, chaplins.co.uk


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Vivense

A recent addition to our high street having only opened at the beginning of 2021, Vivense’s Borough showroom hasn’t yet had its moment in the spotlight, but it’s sure to be on the hit list of design-savvy customers this year.

Hailing from Turkey, the brand combines clean and contemporary design by up-and-coming names with affordable prices – think compact storage, elegant upholstery and industrial lighting. Its flagship is set to be followed by two more stores – proof that the brand is set for big things.

Look out for: There’s a lot of newness to love, but the ‘Nala’ rattan bookshelf looks to become a bestseller, as does the brand’s range of shapely plant pots and decorative accessories.

Borough High Street, vivenselondon.com


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Skandium

Skandium

There was righteous outcry when this design institution went into administration two years ago. Thankfully, it was saved by a pair of Danish entrepreneurs, who moved its showroom and shop to its current location in Shoreditch. As the name suggests, it offers a total immersion in contemporary Scandinavian design, stocking pieces from Finnish brands like Iittala and Marrimekko alongside a comprehensive Danish edit.

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