“Furnish the home you never want to leave”, runs the tag line to The Longest Stay, an interiors e-boutique founded by tech expert Sherry Roberts in 2013. The curated showroom of high-end furniture and home accessories hosts an impressive range of international brands (250 to date), from firm favourites like Moroso and Established & Sons, to lesser-known finds such as French furniture company Rue Monsieur Paris.
Customers can, of course, simply shop by department (Brands, New In, Furniture, Lighting, Home Accessories, Gifts) to click with, say, Patricia Urquiola’s long and lean Lowland Sofa (£7,590, second picture) for Moroso, or Marjan Denkov’s arresting trompe-l’oeil Venetian Love Mirror Frame (£3,959, third picture) for Rue Monsieur Paris. But the USP of The Longest Stay is its Style Guide – a quarterly interiors e-magazine that allows readers to buy items straight from the page. The current issue, for example, contains a preview of the hot colours for spring, featuring a gorgeous soapstone and blown-glass candleholder (£420, fourth picture) by Pia Wüstenberg for Utopia & Utility.
There are other nice features too. Each product comes with a potted history of its maker, and many come with a comment from Roberts about what makes it special and how to incorporate it into your home. Thus I discovered that the exquisite glass pendant lamps highlighted on the home page – the opal Neverending Glory Lights (£1,656 each, first picture) by Jan Plecháč and Henry Wilegus for Lasvit – were inspired by chandeliers from five of the world’s most eminent concert halls and theatres, including the Bolshoi and La Scala. These are the kind of details that make shopping at The Longest Stay a pleasure.