Aria opened up on Islington’s Upper Street, London N1 back in 1989. This designer haven stocks an eclectic range of contemporary home furnishings and lifestyle accessories which sit side by side with hand-selected vintage pieces and special collaborations with local independent designers. Their products are carefully sourced form leading British and International brands from around the world.
Aria was set up by Pushpa and David, a local couple who shared a passion for art and design. Their aim was to be the first shop in the area to instil an appreciation of quality design, at a time when Islington was just beginning to rejuvenate. In 2007, Aria relocated over the road to the derelict Barnsbury Hall which was built in the 1850s and had been closed to the public since the 1930s.
To give you an idea of the superb furniture, lighting and accessories on offer, Aria has selected 5 products for you to admire. Article continues …
Aria Product Recommendations
Tokyo Sofa, £1547
Plan Desk, £1200
Circus Pendant Lights, from £435
Limited Edition R1 Deluxe Radio, £179
Sarjaton Clay Bowl, £17
Aria value quality materials, a high standard of finish and the experimentation and innovation shown by both leading and up and coming designers. They believe that high quality design should be infused into all parts of our lives and surroundings. In-store you can expect to find brands like; Flux Stoke-on-Trent, James Tattersall, Alex Monroe, Ruark Audio, Cambridge Satchel, Kartell, Normann Copenhagen, Iittala, Alessi, Fritz Hansen, Jonathan Adler and Mondaine.
This is certainly a very sizable space, taking up over 4000 square feet which is spread out over 2 floors. Inside you’ll find themed room settings like the vintage zone. Because the product line is ever evolving, their customers are given a different experience every time they walk through the front door. Their in-store displays are inspirational with a focus on colour which is managed by the visual merchandising team. They benefit from an expansive front window which features a constantly rotating installation of products and pop up shops.
As an independent store, Aria remains friendly and inviting, welcoming in customers whether they are regulars or new comers. They describe their clientele as – “design lovers with an eclectic palette; they seek unique finds that make the perfect gift or a special piece when redecorating their home.” Aria is very much a destination store and they are also lucky to have many Islington residents as loyal clientele.
They have a number of specialist services on offer; online Gift List, Interior Design Service and Personal Shopping. You can purchase products online at www.ariashop.co.uk or visit their showroom at Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, London N1 1PN – which is just off Upper Street. The opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am-6.30pm and on Sunday 12pm-5pm. Also check out their special in-store events online. Credits: text by Homegirl London, images from Aria and special thanks to Jamie Gray.