With her hugely popular, ultra-chic Aladdin’s cave of cool in North London, Atelier Abigail Ahern – Elle Decoration called it “one of the coolest places to shop in the UK” – a highly rated, “fabulous new interiors tome” – so say The Times – ‘A Girl’s Guide to Decorating‘, a range of products, concession at Bluebird at continued interior design work, Abigail Ahern is one of London’s most prominent design figures, so you can imagine just how excited we were to get her on board as the first ‘Insider’ for our new regular feature…. if you want to know what an influential interiors guru enjoys in her hometown, read on…..
“Cool stuff in London” by Abigail Ahern
I covet stores that are independent, playful and glamorous – that tantalize my mind and take me on a shopping experience. Particular gems include, Squint, Caravan, Story, The Shop At Bluebird (pictured), Start and of course my own Atelier Abigail Ahern. I am also a huge fan of markets from flea markets like Portobello to food markets such as Borough and my local Broadway market.
Crazy hours makes going out to supper a local experience as the thought of trekking the other side of town induces an instant migraine. Luckily Shoreditch is on my doorstop – über trendy bars that spill out onto the street abound, as do some fabulous eateries including Pizza East (pictured), The Boundary & Lounge Lover.
The music scene is vibrant and often on a Friday night we hang out at our local jazz club Café Otto or the Dalston superstore. The superstore plays a genre-crossing mix of popular music including pop, electro, old school hip-hop and house.
In terms of art galleries Dalston and Shoreditch get my vote its, London’s new Bohemia with many young artists living in and around. The White Cube is the most famous, situated in Hoxton square. The gallery supports most of the famous names in contemporary art in Britain. I am rather into street art at the moment and love Pure Evil’s Gallery in Leonard Street (pictured). All around this area are small little galleries dedicated to primarily up-and-coming artists.
What I am doing
We are in the process of launching our own range of lighting, art, wallpaper and a small selection of furniture, which is hugely exciting. A lack of desirable merchandise has prompted us to put together our very own range, and although its proving rather challenging its also very exciting. The store and our concession at Bluebird also keeps me busy, we have just launched a faux flower shop within our store and its taken off a storm. On the interior design side a couple of residences are underway, as well as a corporate office in London.
Tuesday, April 6
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