The UK’s largest independent family-owned furniture retailer, Barker and Stonehouse, and its Battersea London store has been announced as a shortlist for the 2014 Retail Week Interiors Awards in the ‘Non-Food Design of the Year’ category.
The category looks for the best examples of store design outside of the fashion and food sectors, recognising those that demonstrate innovation, vision and creativity as well as the ultimate shopping experience. The Northern-born brand and its Battersea store sits amongst seven other shortlisted companies that include the likes of West Elm, Superdrug, Halfords and Notcutts. The winner will be unveiled at an awards ceremony held on 6th November 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Barker and Stonehouse’s Battersea showroom is their first London store. Opening back in July 2013, the store is situated in one of the most beautiful historic buildings south of the Thames – the former Candle Factory on York Road, Battersea, built in 1830. With a £3m investment for restoration and design, the 25,000 square foot space is set over two floors.
Highlights include exposed brick walls, the original steel framework, huge arched windows and some of its original industrial fittings. The store also features a Timothy Oulton furniture studio, a Farris candle shop as well as the brand’s ‘social fuel’ café. The resulting space blends architectural theatre with a style that appeals to its savvy London audience.