My interest is beautiful, exclusive things,” says Pavel Klimczak as he shows me round his design concept store, Monologue London. This requires little footwork since the shop occupies just 50sq ft of east London’s Redchurch Street, yet it takes ages. There is a lot to see, from furniture to lighting to homeware – and all of it invites close inspection.
“I like crafted products with stories to tell,” Klimczak explains. “That’s why I wanted to open a physical store – the things I sell need to be touched and held.” His aesthetic is minimal and elegant, but his stock is far more interesting than that description implies. Luca Nichetto’s Float Table (£3,400) is composed of nothing more than an aluminium cone perched on a circular base, but because the base has a mirrored surface the tabletop appears to float in space. Then there’s the Origami Table (price on request) by Patricia Urquiola for Italian brand Budri, which is made from polychrome marble that has been “folded” as if it were paper.
The pieces Klimczak selects challenge conventions visually and through their innovative use of materials. Intriguing and sculptural, Note Design Studio’s Bolt Stool (£487) is formed of four beech cylinders held together with a copper ring, while the True Colour vases (from £79) by Danish design studio &Tradition artistically exploit the chromatic properties of oxidised metals; the surprising hues include blue brass and white aluminium.
“I travel a lot searching for interesting designers,” Klimczak says “and I like to sign exclusive deals.” One of the most recent is the aptly named Table Joy collection by Venetian designer Aldo Cibic for Italian tableware company Paola C. The classically proportioned ceramic Basetto vases (from £160) and two-tone, blown-glass Mini Cuppino drinking vessels (£145) can be used separately or put together to form smile‑inducing, multihued objets d’art.
Seeking out designs less ordinary is a sensible strategy given the store’s ultra‑hip Shoreditch location. “The people who shop on this street are design enthusiasts who appreciate a unique aesthetic,” Klimczak explains. His customers include architects, interior designers and a smattering of film and music folk whose names he is too discreet to reveal (but whose celebrity is sufficient to require him to close the shop to others while they browse). Jaime Hayón’s quietly glamorous Aballs table light (from £625) for Parachilna, with its circular matte-glass diffuser and golden ceramic base, is currently an A-lister favourite, as are the luxurious mohair and wool Mod blankets (from £255) by Mae Engelgeer.
But for interior designer Klimczak this space is about more than the products. While he doesn’t offer specific advice on schemes and layouts in store, the ever‑changing shop floor operates as an inspirational moodboard. His passion is palpable: with Monologue London he has created a rare thing – a high-end design store with soul and a truly original spirit.