For those on a student budget, sometimes a plank of wood placed on several milk crates is enough to pass for a serviceable coffee table. For others, nothing but a vintage and beautifully crafted mahogany table can be the centrepiece in a living room. Whatever your preference, our furniture is something we see every day, so we best make sure it’s something we love to look at.
Buying furniture is usually the easy part, but getting it up the narrow staircase and into your flat? That can be a little more difficult. Although enterprising businesses are finding a way around this, such as an online mattress company named Eve, who are shipping their full-size product in an easily manageable box. Many dislike the mass-produced items in IKEA, so for those who desire an antique armchair or contemporary dinner table, there are many fantastic stores around London that will fit the bill. And if you’re carrying them up the stairs, just be careful with the paintwork on those tricky corners…
Close to Southwark and situated on Willow Walk,East London Furniture’s angle is to make items out of 100% recycled supplies. Other than reclaimed timber, many materials have been saved from landfills, and instead hand-crafted into gorgeous and rustic looking stools, tables, or lamps.
Next up, natives to Church Street in Marylebone will likely be familiar with Alfie’s Antique Market, as the space has been in the same spot for over 30 years. Browsing around the huge indoor market could be a reward in itself, as Alfie’s contains some of the most elegant 20th century furniture, fashion, and accessories found in London. Owner Bennie Gray says Church Street’s rebirth has been largely assisted by his market: “I’m unashamedly happy to say that the regeneration of this area is in large measure down to the success of Alfie’s. When I first had the idea, plenty of people said I was mad and that it was doomed to failure – which is just the sort of incentive that makes me go ahead with a plan.”
Lastly, twentytwentyone is a contemporary furniture store located in Upper Street, Islington. Here you’ll find much more white and silver colours, complementing modern and refined designs of sofas, beds, coffee tables – all the way to office chairs and outdoor furniture.
Of course, moving in with your partner could be seen as a chance to add or subtract furniture, but be sure that you have the same tastes in design; not everyone likes to drink wine out of jam jars and sit on wooden crates.