The pandemic has brought about a revolution in the way we think about and use our homes where the boundaries of work, exercise and relaxation have become blurred. So why not treat yourself to something new to reignite those warm feelings you once had for your home? Whether you’re moving to a new abode or just thinking of ways to spruce up your interiors, here are our top five picks from five local shops that combine beauty and style with practicality to delight and inspire.
Heim Design plant pots
Give your plants a makeover with one of these gracefully understated handmade concrete pots by sculptor Charlotte Jonerheim. Stocked at Hackney based, community florist Woodberry Blooms, the pots are individually crafted and infused with a raw, unpolished aesthetic, giving each one a unique identity. Inspired by wabi-sabi, the Japanese view of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature, Jonerheim’s work celebrates the incomplete as well as the extraordinary within the ordinary. It’s time to move your plants from wallflower to centre stage…
Unit D, Residence Tower, Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N4 2LZ
Abaty stoneware coffee set
Run by Dennis Lacy and his wife in Ceredigion, Wales, pottery studio Abaty Stoneware created artisan homewares in the 1970s and ‘80s. This rare Abaty stoneware coffee set comes with a lidded coffee pot and six stylishly handcrafted mugs, decorated with concentric circles in chestnut brown, and a wheel thrown tray with minimal design. Displaying an original and understated charm, this set will make a strong and chic addition to any contemporary kitchen. Why limit yourself to just serving coffee?
88 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0AP
Hay green glass jug
This stylish glass jug designed by East London-based master glass maker Jochen Holz for Danish design house Hay spins the classic jug on its head. The bright green hue of its modern, simple silhouette has a robust, yes sophisticated expression, perfectly offset against the contrasting clear statement handle. Made of borosilicate glass, it is sturdy and durable, making it dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant. A classy addition to your tablewear, this makes the ideal vessel for serving water, summery cocktails and everything in-between. Let your guests be green with envy.
153 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UH
Ferm Living Orb Watering Can
The Orb is much more than just a watering can. Designed by Copenhagen-based Ferm Living, it is both striking yet functional. Almost sculptural in its appearance, its clean voluminous sphere can hold up to two litres of water despite its compact size, and its elegant slender pouring spout allows water to be directed straight to the roots. Whether in use or sitting idly as a thing of sculptural beauty on your bookshelf, be confident in the knowledge that watering plants has never looked this good.
56 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB
Black Teak & Cane Webbing Cord Lounge Chair
Inspired by the CH25 Low Armchair first designed in 1950 by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (‘The King of Chairs’), the minimalist design of the Lounge Chair allows its unique silhouette to shine. Made from black stained teak and cane woven with rattan to provide a comfortably strung low reclining back and seat, the chair’s mélange of rustic, natural and subtle elegance will handsomely complement a variety of interior styles. An ideal chair to sit back and stretch out in, to while away a few hours of a lazy afternoon.
78 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London N16 9EJ