Since I was on the opposite end of town yesterday [West London] for the opening of the ethereal new Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park designed by Sou Fujimoto, I thought I’d check out my favourite home-stores on The Kings Road.
I whizzed around pretty fast [to refrain myself from lingering to buy] so I only managed the biggies Anthropologie and Habitat wich are both looking pretty smart for summer.
In Habitat, there was definitely an old-school vibe going on with the introduction of quite a few goodies like the mid-century style potteries and wooden kitchen accessories that they were known for – and also at one time for their fabulous art section which seems to have been revived. There was a beautiful gallery style HGH area at the front of the store that reminded me of my favourite [now closed[ Habitat store on Regent Street where I would love lingering in the art section.
Also to my delight their wicker Wilbur lampshades have been turned into baskets – much more practical as I loved the shape and material but wasn’t convinced about it as a light feature.
Anthropologie had a few nice surprises, usually its all quite lovely but samey with lots of ethnic prints and Ikat tableware, but a few unusual things stood out like, botanical measuring cups and hand-painted polka-dot butter dishes, some super cute nautical and wave prints and striking woven table linens in punchy colours.
Watch this space for more Retail Therapy! ; )
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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