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Camille Walala designed the Clerkenwell design store

Spotlight on Exmouth Market, London

Exmouth Market in London is one of my favourite place to hang out for a lazy lunch and to browse some great independent design shops.  For food, stop at Caravan which always draws a hip crowd, or if the queue is manageable, head to the tiny Morito at 32 Exmouth Market for some great tapas.

Avocado toast with chillies

Caravan offers a great brunch selection, I love their avocado toast with chillies.

It’s always a pleasure exploring the small independent shops around Exmouth Market.  One of my favourites is Bagman and Robin at 47 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL where you can shop for beautiful bags and accessories made from leather and fabrics such as vintage Kimono material.

Bags designed by Bagman and Robin

Bagman and Robin are crafting their London designed bags in Exmouth Market.

Bagman and Robin wallets

Bagman and Robin use vintage kimono fabric to create these stylish wallets.










A few minutes away from Exmouth Market, is the fabulous concept store Clerkenwell London at 155 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AD, watch out for ceramics by Katie Brinsley or jewellery by Eleanor Bolton.   I love it that they get other artists to transform their store, most notable Graphic Designer Camille Walala has added her touch to the Clerkenwell design store.   Close by Exmouth Market, you find another great British design duo, Wallace and Sewell, located at 24 Lloyd Baker Street, London, WC1X 9AZ.  Their studio is just at the corner of Amwell Street, a beautiful London street with the occasional pop-up shop.  Wallace and Sewell create colourful scarves and other textiles to enrich your home.

While you’re in the neighbourhood visit Craft Central. This designer studio complex usually has pop-up shops at 33-35 St John’s Square and 21 Clerkenwell Green, showcasing different British independent designer-makers each week.

Find out more about some of my favourite shops in London in my guidebook on designer-makers, which was published by Airbnb today.



Three of my favourite design shops in Melbourne

Melbourne has some amazing clothing and design shops, it’s the perfect shopping destination, below are my favourite three shops for homeware, gifts and other obscure objects of desire.

Make Designed Objects

Make Designed Objects in Carlton

Make Designed Objects located at 194 Elgin St, Carlton, 3053 Victoria, Australia offers a huge selection of stunning homeware, woodwork, stationery and just about everything you need to make your life more beautiful.  My favourite pieces are from Australian artist Fink, Japanese paper merchant Midori and woodmaker Stephen Ziguras.

The Collaborate Store at 1/171 Greville Street, Prahran, 3181 Victoria, Australia is a tiny shop that curates and designs jewellery pieces and stocks beautiful ceramics.  I couldn’t resist buying some pastel cups made by Milly and Eugene.

Cups by Milly and Eugene in pastel colours

Cups by Milly and Eugene in pastel colours

The Collaborate Store in Prahran, Melbourne

The Collaborate Store in Prahran

Close by the Collaborate Shop is the Lunar Store at 2/127 Greville St, Prahran, 3181 Victoria, Australia stocking locally crafted ceramics, jewellery, leather goods, photography products and inspired objects for your home.  I especially loved the jewellery they sold from Australian brand Elk accessories.

Lunar Store in Prahran

Lunar Store in Prahran

Some beautiful ceramics on sale at the Lunar Store

Some beautiful ceramics on sale at the Lunar Store