As the name suggests, Twentytwentyone sells furniture, lighting and accessories by 20th- and 21st-century designers. As well as championing its fantastic edit, we applaud its relaunches of design classics — the latest is Robin Day’s 1952 reclining chair. It’s also the exclusive retailer for brilliant young brand Another Country.
The shop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is much more than your average pedlar of gifts. Rather, it has a lively artistic bent with exclusive products from designer-makers (think Rob Ryan and Lisa Stickley), cheery prints, stationery and exhibition-related limited editions. We also love the changing exhibitions of contemporary crafts, which highlight the work of up-and-coming artists.
Tracey Emin’s limited-edition prints and homewares, a Fornasetti pop-up store and ocean-inspired fashion celebrating Selfridges’ ‘Project Ocean’ campaign have all been star attractions at the Wonder Room concept store this year. It’s an exciting, ever-changing space, which ensures that this department store is about far more than just run-of-the-mill shopping.
A firm favourite with Brits everywhere, John Lewis scores top marks for its well-designed stores, award-winning website, essential buys and cool collaborations. This year, it’s created furniture with textile artist Ptolemy Mann and fashion duo Clements Ribeiro; worked with ELLE Decoration and the British Red Cross on a range of charity mugs; and opened a new store at Westfield Stratford City, which boasts a Home Design Studio for expert advice on decorating projects.
For household products with a difference, Labour and Wait in east London is an unmissable shopping destination. Owners Simon Watkins and Rachel Wythe-Moran are connoisseurs of old-school hardware and sell practical kitchen and garden essentials, candles and classic gifts. So popular is the store that it recently moved to new, larger premises in Redchurch Street (pictured), has opened a space in cool concept store Dover Street Market and even has nine outlets in Japan!