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Although the London Design Festival has come to a close, design stores across the city continue to inspire residents moncler and visitors alike throughout the year. Of all the design districts that have emerged across London, I still get most enjoyment browsing the design stores in Shoreditch, an area near Brick Lane that is reinventing itself. Historic buildings are getting a face-lift in time for the Olympics, and the leather importers and office-supply stores that were neighborhood mainstays are making way for independent retailers.
The newest kid on the block is Type, at 138 Bethnal Green Road. Its three owners, Robin Sharp, Richard Clark uerwhsad1 and moncler Milan Milicevic, met while working in London flea market stalls and decided to pool their talents. The result is a store with an eclectic and charming mix. Reconstructed industrial lighting sits alongside bespoke design objects that are fabricated in the basement studio. Vintage typewriters are sold next to pulp fiction paperbacks. Greeting cards are individually printed on-site, and a fashion rack is stocked with exclusive, one-off designs by Eley Kishimoto. The back room is currently being converted into a “secret bookshop” for friends, family and loyal customers.
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Since 2000, Labour and Wait has made a name for itself selling products for the home and garden at its store on moncler Cheshire Street. The company has now opened a larger store on Redchurch Street, in a green-tiled former public house. Here you can find classic designs that have stood the test of time, from enamel kitchenware to on-trend laminated canvas fishing bags, which look remarkably modern and make great gifts. Most products can be ordered on Labour and Wait’s Web site for deliveries in Britain, but some items are only available in the store.
Jasper Morrison’s shop is one of the hardest to find in London. Tucked between a takeout pizzeria and a convenience store moncler at 24b Kingsland Road, the discreet black door is easy to miss even when you know what you are looking for. Adjacent to Morrison’s gorgeous courtyard studio, the small shop stocks products that he has designed as well as simple, functional products that he and Ruth Donaghey have sourced from around the world. Temporary thematic exhibitions in the shop also showcase objects found by Morrison and Donaghey on their travels. The current exhibition, “Trays From Around the World,” is closing this week.
The relative granddaddy of Shoreditch design stores is SCP East. Housed in a former furniture-manufacturing moncler warehouse, SCP, which was founded by Sheridan Coakley, opened in 1985. In addition to its own range of furniture and interior design products, SCP also stocks other British and international brands, including products from the Danish company Hay, Modernica in Los Angeles and Kiosk in New York. Although SCP has been around for over two decades, it hasn’t lost its edge; the store still carries an enviable range of contemporary design. If you ask nicely, they will even ship merchandise to the United States.