There has been a flurry of new showroom openings in London recently from Shoreditch to Pimlico
During London Design Festival Vitra opened its UK flagship showroom at the Tramshed building in Shoreditch (picture above by Taran Wilkhu).
The company has renovated the interior of this listed building, originally built as a power station for the East London Tramway in 1905, preserving much of the historic details. The new showroom is divided into three main areas showcasing both celebrated designs (from iconic names such as Charles and Ray Eames and Vernon Panton) as well as the latest furniture collections.
The new Buster & Punch concept store also opened during London Design Festival. Located in Shoreditch the brand’s new London home will introduce customers to an immersive online retail experience combining entertainment and inspiration – at its core the platform is about the theatre of design.
As well as the architectural hardware Buster & Punch is best known for, the showroom will also showcase the new B&P Kitchen, lighting and bathroom collections.
Norwegian brand Hadeland Glassverk has opened at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. The showroom presents a glorious array of the company’s handblown crystal lighting, art glass and stemware.
It is the the company’s first showroom outside Norway and the generous space has also allowed for displays from other Norwegian design brands including furniture from Eikund, stone specialist Lundhs and textiles from Volver.
Tom Faulkner has opened a second London showroom on Pimlico Road. Known for his distinctive, contemporary furniture, British designer Tom says, “Our Chelsea showroom in Lots Road is very good for us, as we work mostly with interior designers, but I have always wanted a more public space to introduce new customers to our work. To be opening in Pimlico Road is amazing, it’s really the best location for interior design, located in one of the most important design cities of the world – a real dream come true.”
The new showroom was previously an antique shop, untouched for decades. It has been completely revamped to a light and contemporary space, providing the perfect setting to view edited highlights from the complete collection including one of the iconic Capricorn pieces as well as a new bronze Cloud coffee table and étagère.
Take a tour of my five favourite bathroom showrooms here