Furniture | E-cquisitions

To design aficionados, this is a site for sore eyes

It’s an online showcase for the very best in design

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To design aficionados, this is a site for sore eyes

January 13 2011
Charlotte Abrahams is a one-stop e-shop for modern European design – think Artek to Zanotta via Cappellini, Louis Poulsen and Moooi – and the site is as big and slick as the labels it sells. You can shop simply and efficiently by brand, designer, category or price band or take a slower, more serendipitous approach by clicking on one of the themed tabs.

These are changed weekly, but the day I visited, Trend Alert was pushing modern design classics such as Robert Lazzeroni’s glossy and glamorous Lema Victor Desk (£3,273.53-£3,797.15), the Design Hero was, quite rightly, BarberOsgerby (first picture: De La Warr Pavilion chair, £571.20), and Best of Brands was focusing on Moooi, whose Lolita table lamps are every bit as alluring as their name suggests (third picture, £868).

I also visited the Editor’s Top 10 where I rather fell for the Vitra Suita Sofa Classic (£4,644.78-£6,934.85). Clicking on this impossibly chic bit of seating prompted the appearance of a “Complete the Look” side bar, which suggested I team my new sofa with its soulmate, the Vitra Suita Sofa Pointed (£4,830.43): most helpful. Just as I was preparing to visit the checkout, however, the nattiest, slot-together dog kennel (second picture, £225-£399) popped up in the “What’s New?” tab so I was left pondering who – hound or husband – would most appreciate a bit of high design.