Hunting Designer Furniture

For followers of style, having a home that reflects both their personalities and the latest fashion and style is extremely important. While the personal touch can do a lot with very basic items, a few pieces of carefully chosen designer furniture can make all the difference to a room. So where are the best places in the UK to source these useful and beautiful items?

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The Conran Shop

With branches in Chelsea and Marylebone, The Conran Shop is positioned at the heart of London style. The focus here is on modern themes and design classics made in durable and attractive materials for style and endurance. Each piece is carefully selected and a global range of designers is featured. Of course, pieces by Conran himself are a key feature of the range, and the guarantees on furniture from this business are outstanding.

Living Space

With stores throughout London, including Fulham and Baker Street, Living Space offers contemporary pieces from Italy for the style-conscious, allowing patrons to purchase individual pieces or to have whole rooms designed to a theme. Its direct links to manufacturers and focus on bespoke design mean that individualisation is at the forefront. Key pieces include modular storage by LAGO and sofas from a range of Italian designers that are manufactured entirely in Italy.

Camerich

Camerich, with showrooms in Chelsea and Islington, offers both ready-made designer collections and the chance to co-design bespoke seating. This company focuses mainly on its own designs, but has ranges by guest designers to complement its work.

Urbansuite

For style-seekers outside of the capital, Urbansuite has branches in Berkshire and Manchester providing contemporary European design. Its focus is on value, ensuring that all pieces are finished superbly and are durable, long-lasting, and offer a little more for your money. Because it focuses on other designers and not its own ranges, the variety of design offered by Urbansuite is very broad. Featured ranges include Alessi, Conran, and Lumina, but the full list is extensive, so checking out the company’s website or showroom is the only way to really see the variety on offer.

Alan Ward

Also outside of London, Alan Ward is based in Shrewsbury, Chester, Winsford and Newcastle-under-Lyme. This company focuses on great design ranges rather than individual designers, but it is a useful source of quality furniture of this type. Established designers such as Caligaris and Morris Furniture feature heavily along with a variety of up-and-coming new designers.

Most major designers can be found within various stores in the London area – not least Harrods and Selfridges – and a quick check of London listings will be sufficient to find enough stores to browse happily for days before settling on your ideal piece or design scheme. In the provinces, large cities are the most likely to have stores dedicated to designer furniture, though some outlets can be found in surprisingly isolated areas.

Of course, in this modern era, your first line of approach for this sort of important purchase may well be via the internet, and all of the stores listed have helpful websites with excellent imagery and measurements. However, there is still nothing like physically experiencing a piece to see if it works with your style, and there will be a place for these showrooms for a long time to come.

This article is brought to you by The Conran Shop.

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