Homegirl London’s Shop Snoop: Gathering Moss. This adorable North London furniture shop is located on Blackstock Road in Highbury, Islington. The shop has been in existence since 1999 and is run by partners Moss (nickname) and Shelia. They sell rustic wooden furniture, which is made by Moss and a selection of vintage-style home accessories and ethically made gifts picked out by Shelia. Gathering Moss is a lovely shop to browse, which is only open at the weekend so put it on your list for a special visit.
Gathering Moss Handmade Reclaimed Furniture
Moss reclaims a selection of wood from old factories, warehouses and churches, which can be over a hundred years old. Aged wood has a rich and deep colour which will be naturally worn and distressed. This is perfect for the furniture he makes for customers who are seeking a rustic look. Moss makes a wide range of beautiful wooden dining tables. Some are created entirely from wood, while others have metal frames for a more industrial feel. He also uses zinc and scaffolding boards for the tabletops. These dining tables can be paired with a wooden bench or a selection of reclaimed vintage chairs or industrial seats.
Reclaimed Wood Dining Table
Other reclaimed handmade furniture includes bed frames, home office desks, coffee tables, media units, shelving, storage units, chests of drawers and wardrobes. The selection of styles ranges from rustic to vintage and industrial through to contemporary. Much of the furniture is created to suit a client’s brief and size requirements. You’ll find a wide selection of handcrafted furniture in the basement of their shop and online to view. If you have something specific in mind, give them a call to discuss your project. They have made furniture for shops and restaurants, which include La Fromagerie (a posh cheese shop up the road), Jamie Oliver’s restaurants and more.
Reclaimed Wood Desk
Shelia has an excellent eye for salvaged and unusual furniture, which she finds online and at auctions. These items range from antique church pews to industrial filing cabinets, metal shelving, Victorian kitchen tables and Edwardian couches. Smaller items, such as vintage apple crates and wire baskets, will also be found.
Lighting includes vintage and industrial lamps, and I spotted one made from a vehicle headlamp (above). Enamel light shades were also available. I noticed a striking chandelier and a cute glass jar light displayed in the shop.
Gathering Moss Home Accessories and Decorative Objects
Upstairs in the store, you’ll find an incredible selection of home accessories and decorative objects, many of which make cute gifts for friends. Nkuku and Dassie are the two key brands stocked that are known for their ethical, fair trade supplies. Products available include pretty raffia baskets, reclaimed bottles, wooden candlestick holders, pillar candles, wire lanterns, incense sticks, decorative pots, glass vases, wooden carved photo frames, patterned throws and cushions.
A few of my favourite products included a vintage-style sweet jar, a decorative wooden carved green pig, a grey hare ornament, vintage typewriters (some are for display only), reclaimed storm lanterns, and embossed brass pots.
Mugs and Cups
You can also pick up tableware, including plates, bowls, cups, mugs and teapots. The rustic wooden chopping boards are perfect gifts for new homeowners. If you love Moroccan goods, you might be interested in the brass tray table and colourful glasses for your mint tea. This shop is such a treasure trove of beautiful objects that you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with plenty of pieces.
Gathering Moss Shop Information
You can visit the Gathering Moss Website to find out more about this store and buy rustic wooden furniture and home accessories. The shop address is 193 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London N5 2LL. Travel to Finsbury Park or Arsenal, and it’s a short walk from either of those stations. Opening times are Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm. I hope you enjoy your shop snoop as much as I did! Read my Things To Do In Highbury N5 article for more information on the area.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks, Shelia and Moss, for your time.