Aria: Contemporary Design Destination

Store Profile

  • Location: Islington, London
  • Specialty: Contemporary Home Furnishings and Accessories
  • Price range: ($$) Mid-Range
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Store History

  • Founded: 1989
  • Founded by: David Smith and Pushpa Gulhane
  • Headquarters: Islington, London

The Aria flagship store houses everything for the modernist. With a defined sense of humor and an effortless ease at mixing the emerging with the established design classics, providing inspiration for all that enter the London store. Aria first opened on Upper Street, Islington in 1989, growing to encompass three retail outlets. In 2007, these three retail spaces were consolidated under one roof in the converted Barnsbury Hall.

Located in an old music hall, Aria is London's shopping destination for a selection of the best designed furniture in Europe today. The large open hall is the perfect backdrop for the eclectic furnishings, home accessories, and gifts that are curated by Aria's very talented buyers.

The Aria lifestyle is all about the appreciation of well-designed, high-quality products. An East London staple for the last 23 years, Aria carries everything for the home from the living room to the kitchen and bathroom. Sit back and relax in their cafe while taking in the architectural details and beauty of the historic building that Aria has taken residence in.

Aria is filled with well-designed furniture and products from high-end European companies such as Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Kristalia, and Magis in addition to vintage pieces sourced from around the world. The kitchen department carries one of the largest selections of Alessi products in London as well as a vast collection of Ittala products. For the bathroom, products designed by Barber and Ogersby, Marimekko and the quintessential British spa line Cowshed are just a few of the items carried. Go in for a gift for a friend and you will surely walk away with something for yourself as well.

(Images: Claire Bock)