Wandering down Upper Street recently I was pleased to stumble upon this unique shop. Originally an online store, Folklore was set up by husband and wife team, Danielle and Rob Reid. They started the company with a simple idea that better living is possible through design. Their range includes homewares, furniture, lighting, art and lifestyle goods. Some are handmade, antique or made from recycled or found materials. Others are easily recyclable at the end of their life.
As soon as you enter the store it is immediatly obvious that a lot of thought has gone into every product and how they are displayed. Merchandising at its best
The screenprinted cushions are designed by David Shillinglaw. Made by hand in London by Working Well Trust, a charity that provides skills and employment for mentally ill patients. The kitchen brush and cardboard dustpans are made by visually impaired people in Sweden
I love the recycled cardboard lamp made from boxes – each one is unique. Designed by Utilitarian in Germany
All products are also available from their online store http://www.shopfolklore.com
Folklore will donate 15% of their profit to a different not for profit organisation every year. This year they are supporting Shanti Microfinance which was set up to promote entrepreneurship and sustainability in some of India’s poorest slums and villages.
193 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RQ (0207 354 9333)
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Photo: kindly supplied by Folklore