Sourcing just the right furniture piece is not a leisurely endeavour nor for the faint of heart, however if one knows where to look a tedious pursuit might turn into a enjoyable- and even adventurous one. Here we have collected MINT’s favourite spots to do mid-century shopping in London
- 2 Columbia Road Is a propper mid-century modern jewel in the heart of East London, right on the corner of the precisely eponymous Columbia Road that is well celebrated for it’s Sunday Flower market. Smaller in size it offers a more intimate shopping experience, albeit don’t let the size fool you, one can easily stumble upon smaller pieces by Danish artists as one can find oneself staring at wooden curvy divider signed Jean Prouve or the highly coveted Charlotte Perriand wooden chairs.
2. Alfie’s If you are a more a wanderer at heart who is looking for those bonkers, extravagant pieces or just love the thrilling adventure of paving your way through heaps of antiques never knowing what you will stumble upon then Alfie’s market is most certainly a place to visit. Consisting of a collective of smaller shops almost stacked one upon the other within a large lackluster warehouse, the thrill of the find is neverending. And amidst all that whirlwind of treasures there is a pond with sublime greenery to rest your gaze upon when the eye is tired of looking at the glamourous trinkets of the eras gone by.
3.Forest London: There is no question that the most alluring chests of drawers and cabinets are made by a meticulous Scandi hand, honouring ‘good design’ in simplicity, cleverness and intriguing appeal.
Fortune will have it that Forest London, a cozy and charismatic shop situated in Theobalds Road, offers a great selection of these wooden wonders, alongside carpets, lamps and other pieces that will most certainly provide your home with a touch of Scandi ‘hygge’. Best time to visit is after the dark settles down as the dimmed lights and lit candles set a particularly lovely mood.
4. The Peanut Vendor: If you ever find yourself wandering between Victoria Park and Bow in East London, make sure to visit the ever-charming cafe-come-furniture store The Peanut Vendor. Masters of all trades – they take as much pride in perfecting the art of Matcha (and the Matcha Latte is absolutely divine) as they do in collecting unique mid-century modern furniture.
Each piece is carefully selected with a loving hand, and most of the items being one-offs fly off their website almost as quickly as they land, so one should follow on their newsletter with a keen eye.
Our Editor is still lamenting an unintended black leather vintage de Sede sofa, however
TPV’s iconic brownie (something in between a chocolate fondant, crispy brownie and chocolate cake) rose to it’s reputation and provided some (temporary) comfort.
5. Chase and Sorensen seem to offer everything one could expect from a hipster Scandinavian store: wonderful teak furniture with great lines, colourful carpets and endless greenery. Experts in their field – they are quite adamant to keeping the spirit of Norwegian and Danish craftsmanship alive and well in the UK. But what seems to set this store apart besides the great selection of wooden delights is the alternative approach to arranging your greenery which embraces ‘hanging plants’ adding an unexpected detail to even the most minimalistic of homes.