Chez Nous

01.04.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

House of Hackney has finally arrived. Bringing chintz back but with an East London stamp, the interior design brand’s non-conformist wallpaper, bed linen and furniture is an antidote to identikit Ikea fatigue and you can now shop their bold take on traditional furnishing online.

To coincide with the launch of the website, the inventive couple behind the label, Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle are hosting a pop-up shop until Sunday. Installed in a Dalston town house, House of Hackney’s three collections, Dalston Rose, Queen Bee and Hackney Empire will deck each of the four floors, literally floor to ceiling.

Expect a plethora of fine bone china, tasselled lampshades and chaise longues in the House of Hackney’s fabrics and prints. Kiss goodbye to white walls and embrace the flock.

House of Hackney pop-up is at 76 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney, London N16 7XB until 3 April.

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Lizard Lounge

31.12.2010 | Art , Blog , Culture , Fashion | BY:

Tucked down a side road in Dalston, in a 6000sqft basement is Late Night Chameleon Café. Known by the acronym LN-CC the self-proclaimed ‘retail concept’ opened its doors this month.

The store is the brainchild of former Selfridges and Harrods buyers John Skelton and Daniel Mitchell who enlisted Twin favourite, set designer Gary Card to create the rabbit-warren interior.

A cylindrical corridor leads to the three fashion rooms showcasing the best of cult fashion design. In one room Damir Doma, Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester are ready-styled on mannequins or hanging from suspended rails. Emerging  brands like Nonnative and SASQUATCHfabrix are in another while in the third room Raf Simons sits alongside Lara Bohinc and Mawi.

There is a fourth ‘Celestial’ space full of rare art, fashion books and records.  All the favourites are here and then some: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Phyllis Galembo, Maison Martin Margiela and Harmony Korine.

But it’s the details that set this boutique apart from other retailers.  The brands are carefully handpicked, cleverly edited and curated so that the space feels more like a gallery than a boutique. Built-in benches encourage thorough perusal of the records and art books. Oh and did we mention the changing rooms are on wheels?

LN-CC is a shopping landmark in the making; book your appointment now.
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