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Click and collect | online interiors shopping

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Click and collect | online interiors shopping


For rare, hard-to-find homeware and the most original designs from around the world, simply shop online from your sofa. Emma Love rounds up the best of the bunch on the web

Itawuli-flat-weave bath towels by Mungo; L'ArcoBanelo

Itawuli flat weave bath towels by Mungo; L’ArcoBanelo


Set up by former Design Miami director Ambra Medda two years ago, L’ArcoBaleno has a tag line that reads: ‘extraordinary design from around the world.’ On the site, you’ll find work by 250 cherry-picked international designers, such as gorgeous bath towels by South African weaving atelier Mungo and vibrant colored baskets by New York-based artist and maker Doug Johnston. The site also lists its pick of global galleries and museums worth visiting and has an on-hand service team who can help commission or customise a one-off piece at the click of your mouse.


For London-based architects Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni (who have previously worked at Heatherwick Studios and Acme respectively), the process behind the making plays an important part in choosing the products for their online art and design gallery, Matter of Stuff. The mix of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology is key in the homeware, precious objects and photography that are for sale. ‘We look for the unexpected in everyday objects; the extraordinary in ordinary things,’ Auteri said recently.

Giacomo rocker by Michael Yates; WorkOf

Giacomo rocker by Michael Yates; WorkOf


This year-old website founded by two finance-industry experts, Charlie Miner and John Neamonitis, focuses on designers and makers in and around New York. ‘There’s a makers movement going on and we wanted to create a platform to showcase that work and tell those stories,’ says Neamonitis. To that end, WorkOf sells everything from lighting and coffee tables to benches and wallpaper, plus features insights into the makers themselves on the blog.


A selling platform where you can buy what you see but also customise and commission unique pieces from artisans around the world. You’ll find Mexican folk art-style rugs, marbled wallpaper, steam-bent oak chairs and much more. Founders lighting designer Gwen Carlton and marketing expert Pippa McArdle and their team also sort out all the admin such as samples and shipping so you don’t have to.


A pioneering members-only, online lifestyle store concept that launched five years ago. The genius is in its scope: heavyweight brands and up-and-coming designer whose work appears in 72 hour sales. Think Anglepoise lamps, Heston Blumenthal knives, Royal Doulton china, sound systems from Road Audio and this month, a new naturals collection featuring wicker furniture inspired by the late Danish designer Nanna Dritzel. Plus, its own recently launched range of ‘Premier Basics’ furniture and accessories, which will be updated seasonally.


Tapas set; Rowen & Wren


A one-stop shopping experience split into three easy-to-understand collections: there are modern classics in ‘timeless living’, contemporary country style pieces in ‘refined rural’ and a global vibe in ‘distant home’. Plus, there are practical garden products in an outdoor section and toys and accessories for children. The king pin for understated, pared-back design in a calming colour palette.


Register with LuxDeco and suddenly there’s a personal shopper with an expert eye at your fingertips, helping you source hard-to-find pieces and pick out furniture by the likes of Mulberry Home, Tom Dixon and Glas Italia. You can even send in pictures and ask for advice on how to improve your space. There are themed edits and style steal tips too, making the whole experience even simpler.


Beauty mirror by Michael Anastassiades; Discover & Deliver


The design secrets behind your favourite hotel and restaurant are likely to be decoded on Discover&Deliver, set up by Isabel Rutland and Stephanie Mähl to help you replicate their style. Search by destination, click and buy direct and if the standard choice of fabric on your chosen chair isn’t quite right, take advantage of the ‘dress-it-yourself’ function. Last month, a ‘by appointment only’ Atelier D&D opened in South Kensington so you can now pop in to see a selection of the products too.


Hover your cursor over the illustrated French chateau on La Maison Couture’s homepage and a series of rooms (the flower hall, the tea room, bedrooms) light up to be explored. Click through and you’ll find that each room has a selection of products for sale, from furniture and lighting to accessories by a range of designers. There are also recommended florists, patisseries and artisan chocolate makers.


Irish brothers Jonathan and Mark Legge are behind Makers & Brothers, a website, which, in their words is ‘founded on simple things; the handmade, objects of integrity, a curation of everyday design and craft.’ Which translates to embroidered cushions by French designer and artist Nathalie du Pasquier, wooden scoop chairs by Irish company Déanta Design and ceramic espresso cups by potter Helen Faulkner. A carefully curated edit of practical, beautiful things.

1st-Dibs; Rare pair of bottles by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini, £3,930.04

1st-Dibs; Rare pair of bottles by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini,


For rare and unusual antiques and high-end vintage furniture, 1stdibs comes up trumps every time (they also specialise in fine art, jewellery and couture). Search by price range, decade, designer or dealer for items such as a George Nakashima custom table, antique alabaster and bronze metal sconces or 20th-century kilims.


A London-based architectural salvage and design business founded by experts Maria Speake and Adam Hills over 20 years ago, Retrouvius is the place to source anything from reclaimed Edwardian fire surrounds to Eames chairs and a 1920s Mahal rug (they have a warehouse space in Harrow if you want to see the pieces for yourself). They also undertake design projects – anything from a Victorian villa to a Suffolk farmhouse or Parisian apartment – if you’re looking to revamp your house.


A selling platform for British furniture makers such as marquetry specialist Toby Winteringham, founding member of the Crafts Council, John Makepeace and the award-winning Marc Fish. Shop for one-off or limited edition pieces from dining room chairs to drinks cabinets and bookcases. If you like a makers work, chances are you can commission them to make something unique just for you.


If you don’t happen to live near Hereford, shop online for handpicked pieces by Mark and Sally Bailey. The couple have published several books on their design philosophy which mixes old (vintage apple crates, antique French copper pans) and new (trolleys made and pendant lights with a customised colourful flex in the workshop) to great effect. The look is utilitarian, simple and rustic chic.



Artedona specialises in all the right dinnerware, glass and silverware, as well as table accessories from vases and candles to platters (they sell bedroom and bathroom ranges too). There are plates by brands such as Royal Copenhagen and Nymphenburg for plates, and glass by Artel and Theresienthal. Perhaps less known is that there is also an interior design section offering products specifically suitable for yachts and private jets.


Bag a bargain at this members-only boutique which is renowned for its beautifully curated sales offering items by big interiors names at up to 70percent off the recommended retail price. Inspirational and full of tips on how to get the look, you can also ‘Shop by Style’ or at one of their ‘Tastemaker sales’ – with brands such as Tom Raffield and Simon Bertman, there’s something for everyone.



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