Our little corner of Hackney has become a burgeoning antiques & vintage mecca, boasting an array of fabulous shops all within walking distance. Stop off for lunch or coffee en route, or combine it with a trip to Chatsworth Market on Sunday.
Proper Old - 173 Dalston Lane, E8
This consistently brilliant stall on Chatsworth Road Market recently opened a standalone store opposite Hackney Downs Station. Filled with gorgeous vintage glassware, quirky toys, maps and paintings, as well as design classic furniture.
Chase & Sorensen - 238b Dalston Lane, E8
Chase & Sorensen specialise in Danish design, with a knack for finding more incidental pieces of furniture. Recently spotted: planters, wall mounted bedside tables and handsome armchairs.
Paradise Works - 142Lea Bridge Rd, E5
Housed in an old Victorian carbonic acid factory, a small group of dealers, restorers and an upholsterer have breathed new life into this quirky building. Making regular runs to Denmark to source mid-century furniture, Paradise Works is filled with carefully restored classics at reasonable prices, as well as some industrial design. They also have a great eye for smaller home-ware and decorative pieces. I found a fantastic 50s football game here which hangs on a bedroom wall at the b&b.
Triangle - 92a Chatsworth Road, E5
Born from a collaboration of three friends and an evolution of one of the best stalls on Chatsworth Road market, this store is full of beautiful things, so well designed sometimes you might struggle to distinguish vintage from modern. Woollen blankets in contemporary colours, bright ceramics, sturdy vintage glassware, Ercol furniture, fascinating books…I would find it hard to come in and not buy something.
Thea Vintage - 65 Chatsworth Road, E5
Thea Vintage was the first of the vintage shops on Chatsworth Road. Inside you will find vintage clothing and accessories, lots of cute crockery and home-wares, and small pieces of furniture.
Sanderson Sweeting - 22 Chatsworth Road, E5
These antique experts with a background in fairs have now set up on Chatsworth Road, with older items than elsewhere on the street. Stock changes quickly, so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate. Spotted recently – 1930s building education boards, Victorian science glassware, nursing armchairs. This shop always has something quirky and unusual, my last purchase was a knackered but sweet bird flower holder, currently residing on the bookshelf.
Furnish - 7 Chatsworth Road, E5
With a strong emphasis on the Fifties to Seventies, this shop is good for smaller pieces such as lighting and crockery. Recent treats also included cushion covers made from colourful African print fabrics, now adorning beds at the b&B.
The Modern Warehouse - 3 Trafalgar Mews, E9
Specialising in Scandinavian design this hidden gem in the Wick is at the higher end of the budget. They are open on Saturdays to the public and at other times by appointment. Here you will find immaculate Hans Wegner fishbone chairs sitting alongside colourful berber rugs, everything is very considered.
Imperial & Standard - 10 Felstead Street, E9
This shop and prop house is great for small quirky pieces from the 40s onwards.