The de­sign store In­tro­duc­ing 8 Hol­land Street, Lon­don’s new des­ti­na­tion for lovers of art and in­te­ri­ors

Lon­don’s lat­est des­ti­na­tion for art lovers and in­te­ri­ors en­thu­si­asts alike was born out of its co-founders’ joint pas­sion for all things beau­ti­fully de­signed

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‘ We both wanted to open a space that wasn’t in­tim­i­dat­ing – that didn’t just sell a par­tic­u­lar genre of art, or an­tique fur­ni­ture from a spe­cific pe­riod,’ ex­plains To­bias Ver­non, co-founder of 8 Hol­land Street, the new gallery and de­sign store in Lon­don’s Kens­ing­ton. ‘Some­where all kinds of work could sit to­gether with­out any hi­er­ar­chy.’

To­gether with fine art cu­ra­tor Rowena Mor­ganCox, Ver­non launched the space in March, with the pair draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Ket­tle’s Yard in Cam­bridge, the Eames House in Los An­ge­les and Peggy Guggen­heim’s home in Venice. ‘The aim was to cre­ate a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment, where peo­ple can wan­der, sit and dis­cover,’ says Ver­non.

Both are for­mer His­tory of Art stu­dents – Mor­gan-cox com­pleted an MA at the Cour­tauld In­sti­tute be­fore work­ing at gal­leries in­clud­ing The Fine Art So­ci­ety, where she be­came a di­rec­tor, while Ver­non made a foray into art buy­ing and in­te­rior de­sign – and, when they met through a friend, they dis­cov­ered a mu­tual ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ‘the fine, the found and col­lectable art­work’.

Stock is sourced from all over Europe and ev­ery­thing is for sale, from pieces by Alan Davie and Elisabeth Frink to stylish re­cy­cled Mex­i­can glass­ware (from just £12) and fine Mu­rano glass tum­blers by Camp­bell Rey. 20th-cen­tury Ital­ian and French fur­ni­ture also fea­tures heav­ily, as do an­tique Swedish tex­tiles and stu­dio ce­ram­ics. ‘ We also show­case con­tem­po­rary artists, such

‘WE DIS­COV­ERED A MU­TUAL AP­PRE­CI­A­TION FOR THE FINE, THE FOUND AND COL­LECTABLE ART­WORK’

as Emily Buck, who makes clay sculp­tures, and friends of ours, in­clud­ing Sam Pad­field, who uses 24-carat gold with smoked glass, con­crete and oil paint to make ab­stract work,’ says Mor­gan-cox. ‘The col­lec­tion re­ally is quite or­ganic.’

Word of mouth has seen the shop be­come a key des­ti­na­tion for de­sign­ers and art-lovers in the know, and the duo have re­cently opened a by-ap­point­ment out­post near Frome in Som­er­set, too. ‘There are so many cre­ative peo­ple in the area – a wil­low weaver, for ex­am­ple, plus a pic­ture framer, ce­ram­i­cists and auc­tion houses,’ says Ver­non. ‘ We also mock up dis­play ideas there for the Lon­don gallery, to see how pieces look in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment. The city can some­times feel rushed, so it’s great to view things from a dif­fer­ent perspective.’ 8hol­land­street.com

‘WE MOCK UP DIS­PLAY IDEAS FOR THE LON­DON GALLERY IN OUR SOM­ER­SET OUT­POST, TO SEE HOW PIECES LOOK IN A DIF­FER­ENT EN­VI­RON­MENT’

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