One of my favourite London interior design stores has just expanded their premises and oh boy, the new space is simply marvellous!
If you’ve ever visited Future and Found in North London’s Tufnell Park, you’ll know that you previously entered into their wonderful world of carefully curated minimalist brands and fluoro colour pops via an entranceway that opened up onto a hidden courtyard and bright airy store behind (á la Merci in Paris).
Now though, they’ve taken over the street-front store beside their entrance —previously a fast food takeaway— and transformed it beyond recognition, creating a veritable playground of stylish design finds interspersed with an urban jungle of luscious houseplants, with a super-cute Piaggio coffee scooter painted in their trademark coral in the courtyard.
Come on in and have a nosy with me…
The new street-front store is home to the most giftable items of Future and Found’s edit, from greetings cards and gift wrap through to tableware, stationery and beauty products. The exposed brick walls at the back, juxtaposed with the sparkling concrete finish of the floor, provide the perfect backdrop for store owner Andrea Bates’ edit of Scandi-cool design products and quirky accent pieces.
Minimalist display units from Danish design brand HAY hold carefully regimented rows of monochrome tabletop designs from the likes of MENU, Above & Beyond and Bornn Enamelware, alongside Compagnie de Provence toiletries and limited edition Tallow candles in Future and Found’s signature fluoro shade.
Follow the signs and you’ll step back through an urban oasis into the Future and Found courtyard, which has been relaid to include a stunning Piaggio coffee scooter as its centrepiece; a vibrant and quirky addition which I think has the potential to become as iconic —and certainly as papped!— as the Merci Mini Cooper in Le Marais.
Serving up Doppio coffee in neon spotted cups from the hatch at the back, this characterful vehicle encourages you to pause in the courtyard awhile and order a latte, pick up a magazine and soak up some of the rays in this sunny atrium.. just my kind of design store environment!
The store space at the back has been relaid as the main furniture and lighting showroom, housing those items you’re likely to spend a little more time pondering over, sitting down and trying out. It’s also home to Future and Found’s new interior design service offering, allowing you to get expert advice on redesigning a room in your home – or even the whole house if you’re feeling extravagant!
There are also design books a-plenty to pore over, as well as an array of colourful graphic artwork adorning the walls. A veritable feast for the eyes everywhere you look, the new store is definitely somewhere to schedule a visit to soon with a view to spending quite a bit of time just soaking up the atmosphere and pondering new design ideas for your own home.
Upstairs in the studio space you may even discover a workshop or talk taking place – the line-up for the next few months includes a Pajaki chandelier making workshop, and colour clinics with a good friend of mine, Design Relation’s Rebecca Harkness.
Plus, if you’re a design blogger and member of WeBlogDesign, be sure to check your inbox for an invite to next week’s Summer Social which I’m hosting at the store!
So, will you be hotfooting it up to Tufnell Park (just a few stops North of Kings Cross on the Northern line) to take a look around this beautiful new design store soon?
→Future and Found, 225a Brecknock Road, London N19
All photography © Kangan Arora for Future & Found, used with permission.