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In a previous post we looked at mid century modern furniture shopping, specifically in East London. This time we’ve thrown the net wider to see what else there is. There is a lot! It seems that nearly every high street in London has either a dedicated dealer for mid century modern furniture and objet’s or at the very least, an antiques emporium containing many mid century gems shining out from among gloomy Victorian neighbour’s. Here’s a selection of the best.

Gonnermann, 408-410 Archway Road. N6

Gonnerman, on Archway road is definitely one for the committed connoisseur. They specialise in Danish & Italian mid century furnishings and clearly have special access to both. This 70’s shelving unit is particularly dreamy. They also have an excellent range of lighting fixtures. An added bonus is their capacity for re-upholstering chairs and sofas. No more tired fabrics and sagging cushions.

Everything But The Dog, r/o 70 Hoe Street. E17

Everything But The Dog sell mid century furniture, Scandinavian furniture (like this wonderful sofa) and vintage Ercol furniture from their Walthamstow showroom – a space that can be hired for photoshoots, events and more. It’s not clear what the ‘more’ could be but it’s a wonderful space so well worth a look anyway. They also restore furniture so you can get more from the pieces you already own.

20th Century Quarters, 265-267 Archway Road. N6

Another Danish specialist and again on Archway Road – The inhabitants of this part of North London are spoiled it seems!

They also keep an array of art, unique decorative antique pieces and other unusual furniture items. Their dazzling array of lighting fixtures has necessitated a whole subsidiary website. Well worth a look!

All pieces are sympathetically refurbished and restored and once again, a full and comprehensive custom upholstery service is offered

Retro Living, 7A Church Street. NW8

Retro Living evolved from a passion for sourcing eclectic, interesting and unusual items of furniture, art, lighting and objets d’art, with the owners own home in mind.

The business initially started online through the Retro Living website and has now grown to be a retail shop located on Church Street in Marylebone, where the majority of their stock is on display. Retro Living is not slavish in its devotion to Mid Century design and would appeal to the more whimsical browser

They also recently started trading at The Old Cinema in Chiswick, London’s antique and vintage multi-vendor department store.

Crystal Palace Antiques, Imperial House, Jasper Road. SE19

London’s largest antiques centre is housed in a Victorian former textile warehouse and spread over four vast floors. A host of dealers are housed within, specializing in furniture, lighting and objects from classic Georgian and Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Danish, right through to Vintage and Industrial design.

While mid century design forms only a part of what’s available, the scale of the operation means there’s bound to be something for you.

Mosey Home, 28 Stroud Green Road. N4

Mosey Home style is all about putting old and new pieces together in an easy, unpretentious way. Their aim is to source classic and quirky designs as well as little-seen rarities whilst remaining affordable and accessible.

Mosey Home belongs to Mary le Comte, a former V&A Museum Events and Programmes Manager with a sharp eye for finding great pieces of furniture and homeware.

Mosey Home is more than just a shop. It’s a creative hub, a space for workshops and talks and a place to try something new. Above all, it’s a meeting of minds, they’re as passionate about good design as you are.

In fact, all the locations on out list have that fact in common – they’re staffed by enthusiasts who will be glad to share their knowledge, give you new ideas and point you at new designers. Happy hunting!


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