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Snap up unique, af­ford­able de­signs from the com­fort of your sofa – here’s our pick of the best online shops

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Snap up unique, ac­ces­si­ble de­signs from the com­fort of your sofa with our pick of the best in­de­pen­dent online re­tail­ers


A plat­form for mak­ers from the UK and Ire­land whose kitchen­ware, tex­tiles and accessories em­body the Ja­panese de­sign aes­thetic of shibui – be­ing beau­ti­ful by be­ing un­der­stated. Cur­rent stock includes con­crete planters by Have­lock Stu­dio, mar­bled espresso cups by ce­ram­i­cist Ida Riveros and linens by Ir­ish la­bel 31 Chapel Lane. ‘Ar­bor’ sycamore shal­low bowl by Alex Car­pen­ter, £80 (


This is the place to pick up Turk­ish tow­els (called peshtemals), as well as cosy blan­kets and throws. There’s a strong em­pha­sis on eth­i­cal ma­te­ri­als (the brand’s aim is to be­come a cer­ti­fied or­ganic seller), so all the cot­ton used is sourced, spun and dyed in Tur­key, and the range includes tex­tiles such as the soft ‘Bambu Blan­ket’, which is wo­ven en­tirely from bam­boo. ‘ Cemile’ peshtemal, £33 ( luk­sli­


Run by pho­tog­ra­phers Jeska and Dean Hearne, this life­style brand sells items by in­de­pen­dent mak­ers. Prod­ucts can be searched by price point (noth­ing costs more than £100) and by cat­e­gories such as ‘Made by Hand’ and ‘Eco-friendly’. Look out for cups and bowls by ce­ram­i­cist An­drea Ro­man, and leather and waxed can­vas cam­era bags by Ru­ral Kind. Sisal wo­ven bas­kets, from £16 each (the­fu­


Colour­ful and kitsch is the maxim at Au­denza – the brand counts the ‘Gatsby’ scal­loped, plush vel­vet arm­chairs, neon light­ing and gold-ham­mered place­mats among its new­est of­fer­ings, which can eas­ily be found in the ‘Shiny & New’ sec­tion of its web­site. Be sure to take a look its ‘Most Loved’ best­sellers, too – where you’ll find a dusty pink Ti­betan sheep­skin rug, a flamingo-shaped ta­ble lamp and gold cut­lery. Ex­pect quirky, eclec­tic and bold pieces. Mon­go­lian arm­chair, £708 (au­


This re­tailer spe­cialises in sal­vaged and vin­tage lights from the 1920s to 1970s. Styles in­clude in­dus­trial de­signs (1950s pen­dants from an Eastern Bloc fac­tory), retro op­tions (glass chan­de­liers from the Czech Repub­lic) and the new Art Deco col­lec­tion, con­sist­ing of ten ceil­ing lights. Eastern Bloc fac­tory shade, £330 (skin­flint­de­


The ethos be­hind Aerende is that shop­ping eth­i­cally needn’t mean com­pro­mis­ing on style. The brand of­fers small batch home­ware – pop­u­lar items in­clude linen tea tow­els, teal stoneware bowls and cherry wood but­ter knives – crafted by peo­ple who are fac­ing so­cial chal­lenges in the UK and are un­able to ac­cess em­ploy­ment (there is a sec­tion on the web­site ded­i­cated to the mak­ers’ sto­ries, so you know ex­actly who you’re sup­port­ing). The wares are as beau­ti­ful as the con­cept is in­spir­ing. Ce­ramic can­dle­hold­ers, £13 each; beeswax can­dles, £8 for two; din­ner plates, £15 each; linen nap­kin set, £35; side plates, £9 each; jug, £24 (


An eclec­tic mix of glob­ally sourced pieces – green Tamegroute pot­tery from Morocco, pa­pier maché an­i­mal heads from Por­tu­gal – and af­ford­able gifts, such as al­pha­bet prints, bas­kets, wall­hang­ings and own-brand can­dles. Lon­don-based owner Lisa Me­hy­dene of­fers a rug sourc­ing ser­vice, too, so if you don’t see any­thing you like on the web­site, she’ll try to find a de­sign that’s per­fect for you. Tamegroute fruit bowl, £75 (


Af­ter three years spent re­search­ing and finding sup­pli­ers, Sally Ashen set up Into Mills in 2017 to sell the prod­ucts she is most pas­sion­ate about. The Lewes-based online re­tailer con­cen­trates mostly on smaller, dec­o­ra­tive accessories – mono­chrome cush­ions with Aztec knots, glass tealight hold­ers, hang­ing ce­ment pots – but there are a few chairs and ta­bles on of­fer, too, in­clud­ing the ‘Henri’ cot­ton vel­vet arm­chair, avail­able in mus­tard or terracotta. Teak boards, from £12.95 each (in­


From indigo mud­cloth cush­ions made in Mali to crackle-glazed vases from the Philip­pines and leather-han­dled raf­fia fans made by weavers in Ghana, there is a dis­tinctly global, ar­ti­sanal feel to Yon­der’s wares. There are plenty of vin­tage pieces, too – Beni Ou­rain rugs hand-loomed by Ber­ber women in the At­las Moun­tains of Morocco and Kan­tha quilts made by craftswomen in ru­ral North In­dia us­ing sari fab­ric – plus smaller, play­ful accessories, such as art prints. Vin­tage peach Moroc­can rug, £105 ( yon­der­liv­


This third-generation North­ern Ir­ish de­sign stu­dio has long been renowned for its tex­tiles. There are tweed cur­tain and up­hol­stery fab­rics for sale by the me­tre, plus cush­ions and blan­kets. The brand prides it­self on us­ing time­less tech­niques, dat­ing back to when its ‘Mi­lano’ rug was first pro­duced in 1951 by founder Gerd Hay-edie. ‘ Clas­sic’ cush­ions, £125 each (mour­ne­tex­


‘Soul­ful home­wares for slow living’ is how In­gre­di­ents Ldn de­scribes it­self. This mind­ful ap­proach to home­mak­ing is ev­i­dent both in the ma­te­ri­als it uses and the pieces them­selves, which range from linen bed­ding and maple cut­ting boards to a sickle-shaped dust brush made from beech and goats’ hair. Botan­i­cal dyed linen nap­kin sets, £22 each (in­gre­di­


Bio­philic de­sign is at the heart of Swedish-born, Brighton-based Anna Sjöström Wal­ton’s online shop. That means nat­u­ral tex­tures and botan­i­cal ref­er­ences through­out, from cheese plant art prints to the ‘MIMA’ col­lec­tion of hard­wood fur­ni­ture by up-and-com­ing de­signer-maker John Eadon, and the palest pink dim­pled ves­sels by Linda Bloom­field. Don’t miss the blog on the web­site, which fea­tures Swedish recipes and dreamy get­aways. Mag­a­zine rack/side ta­ble by John Eadon, £895 (chalka­nd­


Func­tional wares in muted colours abound at this en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious online shop, which was co-founded by a for­mer de­signer for John Lewis – think brass lamps, vel­vet wing­back chairs, green glasses made from re­cy­cled bot­tles and linen ta­ble runners. There are col­lec­tions of soft fur­nish­ings, din­ner­ware and bath­room prod­ucts. For chil­dren, there’s toys, bed­ding and stor­age – all with­out any plas­tic in sight. ‘Bil­ton’ brass bath­room shelf, £68 (rowe­nand­


Its name very ap­pro­pri­ately mean­ing ‘ob­ject’ in Ital­ian, Oggetto pro­vides a range of sim­ple, func­tional items. Founders He­len and Char­lie Camm source con­sid­ered pieces for daily use (rustic casse­role pots, bam­boo pen­dant lights in­spired by tra­di­tional In­done­sian fish­ing traps, unglazed terracotta teapots) but also de­sign and man­u­fac­ture their own fur­ni­ture: the ‘Ch­e­sil’ col­lec­tion, named af­ter the beach near their home in Dorset, fea­tures a se­ries of pared-down oak and steel stools, benches and ta­bles. Terracotta teapot, £95 (


A tightly cu­rated col­lec­tion of un­usual pieces by new de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing ce­ram­i­cist Ben Sut­ton, sil­ver­smith Caro­line Mc­neill-moss and MOTE, a Seoul-based scent lab­o­ra­tory. The mix of ma­te­ri­als – gilded metal sculp­tures, a set of ter­razzo serv­ing boards, cop­per snack bowls – is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing. ‘ Un­earthed’ bowl by Se­vak Zar­gar­ian, £70 (


A shared love of Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired home­ware sparked Amanda Nel­son and Kai Price’s de­ci­sion to set up Att Pynta, which of­fers cer­tain ex­clu­sives: it is the only UK stock­ist of fur­ni­ture by Swedish brand Me­limeli Home. The duo has also col­lab­o­rated with potter Marie L Sun­de­gren on glazed ce­ram­ics. ‘Blanca’ vel­vet sofa by Me­limeli Home, from £2,095 (

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