We ex­plore the hottest shops and show­rooms on the de­sign scene for the best re­tail-based days out

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Minotti has bro­ken into the base­ment be­neath its orig­i­nal Fitzrovia lo­cale, more than dou­bling its floor space to present sev­eral decades of the brand’s el­e­gant col­lec­tions. Pop in to check out the 2017 de­signs, in­clud­ing French de­signer Christophe Del­court’s 1970s-in­spired ‘Col­lette’ chair (above). With the new space or­gan­ised into room-like vi­gnettes, dot­ted with vin­tage lamps, books and other cu­rios, it will be easy to imag­ine these de­signs in your own home (minot­tilon­


Loaf, the on­line pur­veyor of up­hol­stered com­fort, has opened its third re­tail space in Lon­don’s Spi­tal­fields (right). The ti­tle ‘shack’ – as the brand’s shops are named – is mis­lead­ing: there is 297 square me­tres in which to test out mat­tresses, so­fas and its grow­ing light­ing, blinds and fab­ric col­lec­tions. Decked out in sub­way tiles and with an in­dus­trial feel, it fits in with this hip neigh­bour­hood (


Nordic de­sign Mecca Skandium is break­ing re­tail bound­aries with its new con­cept stores in south west Lon­don. Hav­ing closed its iconic space on Bromp­ton Road, the brand’s move (a few blocks down the road to Thur­loe Place) is no down­grade, with the launch of not one, but two new out­lets. On one side of the street is a tra­di­tional shop – stock­ing Skandium’s soft fur­nish­ings, ac­ces­sories and ex­ten­sive light­ing col­lec­tion – with the new ‘Skandium Town­house’ di­rectly op­po­site. Decked out in fur­nish­ings from a bevy of Scan­di­na­vian brands, as well as those by in-house de­sign team Stu­dio Skandium and Modernist favourites from Knoll and Vi­tra, the ‘Town­house’ will be the place for lovers of a mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic to find in­spi­ra­tion and di­rec­tion (


Silvera is a con­tem­po­rary French fur­ni­ture brand whose ten branches in Paris are fi­nally joined by an out­post in our cap­i­tal. Nes­tled among the an­tique spe­cial­ists of King’s Road, the chic show­room forms part of the Chelsea prom­e­nade’s aes­thetic evo­lu­tion from old-school grandeur to­wards global mod­ern de­sign. Over­seen by French ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice Jouin Manku, the 500-square-me­tre, two-storey space makes a point of show­cas­ing its orig­i­nal fea­tures in a bid to make it feel dif­fer­ent to the Parisian out­lets: the de­sign­ers have kept the base­ment vaults and the tra­di­tional façade, paint­ing it ul­tra­ma­rine, and re­tained much of the ex­posed brick­work. The pared-back in­te­rior (above) was de­signed to let the pieces of fur­ni­ture that Silvera cu­rates and sells speak for them­selves. For ac­ces­sories and fan­tas­tic gift ideas, head to the ‘con­cept store’ room, where you’ll find out­stand­ing ob­jects at smaller prices, de­signed by big names such as the late Zaha Ha­did (sil­ver­ ➤

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