We are still in love with sustainable, functional and timeless Scandinavian home design, that a handful of London based retailers carry in-store.
Retail has beyond doubt been hit particularly hard by recent events. If we would like to continue to have beautiful designs for our homes, available to us in London, we need to support the businesses who specialise in this field.
Some of these stores have recently reopened their doors to the public, after months of being shut under government lockdown restrictions.
Here are the lates news…
Pioneers for Nordic design in London, Magnus Englund co-founded Skandium with Christina Schmidt in 1999. The business sadly faced challenges and almost three decades the company went into administration.
Scandinavian design lovers were therefore delighted to find out that the established design retailer had been acquired by Danish duo, Rasmus Warnke Nørregaard and Jacob Kam, the entrepreneurs behind online design marketplace Everclassic.
With extensive experience, both from the design world as well as online retail, Skandium went to more than capable hands. Nørregaard and Kam managed to reopen the online store as well as launch a new showroom in Shoreditch.
Skandium has been revamped with a circular business model, offering vintage Scandinavian design pieces in the new showrooms, alongside core brands such as Iittala, String Furniture, Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen and Louis Poulsen.
This has once again become the go-to destination for Scandinavian design in London.
Chase & Sorensen
This East London store has offered vintage Scandinavian design since 2010. They source directly from Denmark and Sweden from a network of suppliers, established over the years.
C & S also source contemporary design, emerging from Scandinavia and beyond. To delight its customers, they have a selection of products from young ‘New Nordic’ design studios including AYTM, Low Key Goods, Studio Arhoj and Paper Collective to be discovered in store,
that has now reopened for business.
Republic of Fritz Hansen London
Named as one of the capital’s top five design showrooms, the Republic of Fritz Hansen has recently relocated, from its combined store and showroom in Margaret Street to a showroom situated in the heart of London’s design district, Clerkenwell.
The Islington based store specialises in furniture, lighting and homeware design, from Scandinavia and beyond. Founded in 1996 with the desire to offer forward-thinking contemporary design, alongside original vintage pieces from the twentieth century.
In addition to the store, there is a showroom in Clerkenwell with a fabulous courtyard setting with an extensive display of furniture and lighting.
The concept store also offer complimentary consultation, at the River Street showroom or from the comfort of your home.
Specialising in 20th century design, Dagmar restores and sells mid-century furniture and objects from their London base and online store. Viewings by appointment only at the London showroom.
2 & 4 Vintage Furniture
Personable and quirky store, offering original Danish and British furniture hailing from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. With its in-house cafe this store is perfect as a destination for your walk along the Regents Canal.
Førest London was founded in 2010, specialising in original and authentic mid-century design as well as an in-house furniture restoration service.
According to their Facebook page, as of June 2020 the London store sadly closed down.