In London, you'll never find yourself in short supply of cutting-edge design.
If you feel priced out by Roche Bobois and BoConcept, you could hop over to Camden Passage or the Brick Lane junk shops for some "reclaimed" goodies, which might need some loving to get back into working order. With some clever packing, you might even get a petite bar stool through customs.
But somewhere in between Harrods' high-end furnishings and the younger set's penchant for repurposing the contents of wheelie bins sit brands like House of Hackney, the interiors label run by ultra-hip husband and wife team Javvy Royle and Frieda Gormley, which has been setting the rules for fashion-forward home decor since opening in 2010.
Lush and exotic, House of Hackney winks at luxe interiors and keeps an eye on accessibility — Photo courtesy of House of Hackney
Their mission statement at House of Hackney? To "take the beige out of interiors."
It's modern alright, but the visual aesthetic of the label carries some extra weight or savvy international shoppers and travel-minded art-lovers: House Of Hackney boasts utter, undiluted Britishness. All of its products are strictly manufactured in the United Kingdom, including furniture, which is hand-crafted in Nottingham.
"Our crockery is produced in the home of fine bone china in Stoke-On Trent; our fabrics in Lancaster, using only British velvets; wallpapers in Loughborough; and lighting in Wales and Northern Ireland," the owners say.
The store's exotic florals, fruits and animals are a kind of technicolor homage to Britain's colonial history, a contained chaos of past and present that, paradoxically, screams elegance and calm. Its "cult prints" include Leonine, Hackney Empire and the brand new Midnight Garden.
House of Hackney is not for the demure, and it shouts its vision from the rooftops: "After a decade of bland minimalism, the brand captured the zeitgeist with its collections of British-made prints and products that are steeped in tradition but are bold and subversive, for a truly modern statement."
House of Hackney can also be found in Liberty department store off of Carnaby Circus — Photo courtesy of Liberty London
And now, shoppers don't have to trek to East London (though you might as well make a day of it) to stock up on wallpapers and ceramics. House of Hackney opened inside Liberty in late 2014, and the brand's recently expanded to the legendary department store's airy fourth-floor showroom.
There you can find striped aprons in their Flights of Fancy print for £38, animal printed grey Panthera wool throw for £175 and Midnight Stripe Hackney Empire Austin lamps for £795. Liberty ships to 37 countries, including the US, and House Of Hackney's Shoreditch flagship store ships to 80.
Head over to Liberty for a peruse, then splash out on their afternoon tea for a truly British afternoon of rebellious luxury and mod indulgence.