This is the granddaddy-cool of modern furniture shops, and a favourite of architects in the Sixties, when it had few rivals and owner Zeev Aram received hate mail for his heretical modern stance. There is an emphasis on such design classics as the Eileen Gray and the Barcelona chairs – which would have graced the shop floor back in 1964 – but Aram still has the best eye in the business for new talent. Visit Aram.
All the latest, greatest products from design hotspots around the world as well as the usual suspects, such as the Castiglione Arco lamp and Saarinen Tulip chairs. A website as clean and uncluttered as the furniture it favours. Befriend an architect to get the best prices. Visit Viaduct.
Visually untidy and a little more catholic in its taste than Viaduct, this is a good website for those who have yet to commit fully to hardline modernism. But prices are good – and best of all, it stocks the fabulous Lenny Swivel chair by Fama. Visit Urbansuite.
Russell and Oona Pinch are not just a perfectly named design couple (SO Charles and Ray), they are inheritors of the Arts and Crafts tradition with their contemporary but quintessentially English furniture. They’re best known for their iconic twig benches, but also make exquisitely sculptural armoires and elegant sofas. Visit Pinch.
This is not a selling website, just a glimpse into the most interesting shop in London, though they will ship what you want. Unique, specially commissioned pieces, including a vintage armchair upholstered in embroidered cowhide or a ‘reinterpreted’ Danish fishermen’s dock chair, offer a quirky take on modernism. Visit Mint.