London has always been a city that appreciates art, design and architecture, so it’s little wonder that it stands at the centre of a flourishing homeware and furniture industry. Countless UK-based designers set up shop here in London, which is great for any interior design enthusiasts living or visiting London. Whether you’re looking to restyle your home in London or abroad, or are looking for a few unique pieces to take home with you from your travels across the pond, be sure to check out these hot homeware designers!
She may not hail from London, but Londoners love Orla Kiely. Stroll along the streets of the UK capital and it won’t be long before you spot stylish women sporting scarves, handbags and other accessories by the famous Irish designer.
Orla Kiely’s fashion presence is only rivaled by her presence inside London homes. The talented designer has a knack for putting a 21st century spin on 50s mid-century modern. With festive patterns and muted tones, her home collection will add cheer to any interior.
Available at nearly every department store across the city as well as its stores in Covent Garden and Chelsea, Orla Kiely’s affordable and fun range is not to be missed.
Frieda Gormley and Javvy M. Royle (House of Hackney)
The husband and wife team behind House of Hackney is the current darling of the British home furnishings scene. Tired of bland beige interiors, the duo’s designs are characterized by bold floral patterns with British design heritage. The House of Hackney flagship store is located in Shoreditch, but its best-selling products can also be found inside luxury department stores Liberty London and Harrods.
Graham and Green
Modern furniture influenced by the beautiful patterns and textiles found in Morocco, Turkey and the Far East are what you’ll find when you visit the Graham & Green shop in Notting Hill. Antonia Graham, the company’s founder, has spent decades forging relationships with artisans around the world and combines their talents with that of her son, a furniture designer. Despite becoming something of an institution in the British furniture industry, Graham and Green is still very much a family run company.
Offering everything from home accessories and textiles to large furniture pieces, you’ll be tempted to furnish you’ll whole home with Graham and Green’s lovely designs.
Emma Bridgewater has made a name for herself in the British pottery industry. Working alongside her husband, Bridgewater’s pottery and home collections are both beautiful and practical. Mixing bold and timeless designs with incredible artistry, and just a hint of British cheekiness, no home feels complete without a few Bridgewaters.
All of Emma’s pottery is made at a Victorian factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the historic heart of the British pottery industry. Pieces can be purchased at the factory, online or at the company’s shops in Fulham and Marylebone.
Cheylene Thongkham is a writer, travel blogger and American transplant in London. You can read more about her life as an expat and adventures around the world at: www.girlinlondon.com