Five design insiders reveal their favourite antiques dealers

London finds for vintage furniture and interior accessories

Retro Living, in London’s Marylebone
Retro Living, in London’s Marylebone

Daniel Hopwood, interior designer

“I love Little Venice in London for shopping, specifically the area around Clifton Road. I like to have something vintage for the projects I am working on, and Malcolm Russell’s Retro Living always seems to have just the right piece, from ’60s Murano glass to a set of Niels Koefoed dining chairs.” Retro Living, by appointment, 07976-628 124; retroliving.co.uk

Béton Brut, a design store and gallery space in Hackney Wick
Béton Brut, a design store and gallery space in Hackney Wick | Image: The Modern House
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Jonathan Saunders, chief creative officer at Diane von Furstenberg

“Béton Brut is a really cool furniture dealer in Hackney. I bought a 1972 wire Abitacolo sofa by the Italian designer Bruno Munari there; it looks like a cross between a sofa and a shopping trolley, and is surprisingly comfortable.” Béton Brut, Unit 2, 30 Felstead St, London E9 (020-7018 1890; betonbrut.co.uk).

The Lacquer Chest, an antiques shop in Kensington, has been open since the ’50s
The Lacquer Chest, an antiques shop in Kensington, has been open since the ’50s
Labassa Woolfe, an antiques shop and tailor in London’s Fitzrovia
Labassa Woolfe, an antiques shop and tailor in London’s Fitzrovia

Lulu Lytle, co-founder and creative director of Soane Britain

“I love the Admiral Vernon Arcade in Notting Hill for its marvellous antiques dealers, who have survived the decimation of the old Portobello Market – particularly Clive Rogers for oriental rugs and Poppy Stothert for tribal art. Another shop I like is The Lacquer Chest, where I bought an 18th-century Delft plate depicting palm trees.” Admiral Vernon Antiques Arcade, 141-149 Portobello Rd, London W11. Clive Rogers (Saturdays only at Admiral Vernon), 01784-481 100; orient-rug.com. The Lacquer Chest, 75 Kensington Church St, London W8 (020‑7937 1306; www.lacquerchest.com). Poppy Stothert, by appt only, 07817-689 198 and 07921-357 649. 

Susan Deliss, a textile showroom in Notting Hill
Susan Deliss, a textile showroom in Notting Hill | Image: Andrew Steel
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Pavlo Schtakleff, co-founder of Sé

Labassa Woolfe in London is both an antiques shop and a tailor. Joe Woolfe and Johan Labassa’s bespoke suits are wonderfully detailed, and mixing tailoring with French antiques makes for a very interesting environment.” Labassa Woolfe, 6 Percy St, London W1 (020-3205 0111; labassawoolfe.com).

Paul de Zwart, founder of Another Country

“Susan Deliss is a textile dealer with a showroom in Notting Hill. I bought an exceptional vintage cushion here, with Ottoman motifs, for my mother-in-law.” Susan Deliss, by appt, Notting Hill, London W11 (07768-805 850; susandeliss.com).

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