Atelier Abigail Ahern

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This tiny interiors shop may not have a huge range, but what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality. The selection is both inventive and original, with much of it from emerging international designers. A beautiful Kathy Dalwood concrete cast, part of a collection that focuses on historical characters, reinterprets 18th-century haute porcelain but retains mould lines from the casting process, indicating contemporary concerns about texture (from £320). British graduate Andrew Oliver is similarly playful, but with very different results; his lighting range (from £700) is a delightful addition to his drunken table range, unique one-off furniture pieces inspired by practical experimentation with salvaged furniture. Textiles are particularly strong; as well as some striking merino wool ottomans (£755), there are Impressionist paintings transposed on to linen by Argentinian-born artist Haby Bonomo (from £65). Colour ranges are muted but striking, summing up a store that’s a delightful departure from the sparse lines of many design stores.
Venue name: Atelier Abigail Ahern
Address: 137 Upper Street
N1 1QP
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Highbury & Islington tube/rail
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