Snoop around Rouge Asian Decor Shop (Rouge Shop). This is by far the best store along Stoke Newington High Street. They specialise in selling Chinese Furniture, Asian Home Accessories and plenty of adorable gifts. You’ll find an eclectic mix of new and vintage Chinese furniture, contemporary artisan ceramics, pretty jewellery, silk purses, textural textiles, chunky candles, intoxicating incense and so much more. The mesmerizing merchandise is carefully selected by Lei Yang (the owner) from China, Mongolia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. If you’re looking for homeware stores in North London or London gift shops do seek out the Rouge Asian Decor Shop.
My Five Favourite Products from the Rouge Asian Decor Shop
I picked out five of my favourite items from the shop which will give you an idea of what’s on offer. I’ll start with this Black Japanese Sake Set. It’s a great gift for a friend who is partial to a sip of sake. You get a flask and four little cups which come packaged in a very stylish black gift box. The flask is 13cm high and 6cm in diameter while the cups are 3.8cm high and 6cm in diameter – £25 for the set.
Black Japanese Sake Set
You can discover amazing Glazed Ceramic Coffee Cups and Mugs made by an artisan from Jingdezhen. This area is the traditional ceramic capital of China, just like Stoke on Trent in the UK. The artisan specialises in glazes which are just stunning. The inspiration has been taken from nature and landscapes; Dawn Rise Glaze, Lake Glaze, Mountain Glaze and Mulberry Glaze. The coffee cups are a lovely squat shape which measure 6cm high and 9.5cm in diameter – £24. The mugs are taller 9cm high and 9cm in diameter – £26.
Artisan Glazed Coffee Mugs
This range of cute Lucky Cat Homeware Products by Pinyin Press really caught my eye. The designer, Sarah Armstrong, takes popular Asian Icons and creates her own designs which are printed onto products. Sarah is actually Scottish but now resides in Shanghai where she makes homewares bearing her funky designs; tea towels, mugs, melamine trays, coasters and aprons. To give you an idea about the prices points; a tea towel is £14.50, tray £23.30 and apron £25.90.
Lucky Cat Homeware Products
You’ll find a selection of Fabric Covered Jewellery Boxes. These come in a range of colours with enchanting Chinese patterns. These are a lovely way to brighten up your dressing table or make a thoughtful gift for a friend. Inside you’ll find a number of compartments for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. There are a few different sizes to choose from, the medium is priced at £20 while the large is £32.
Fabric Covered Jewellery Boxes
I fell in love with this Chinese Painted Tall Cabinet which has been influenced by traditional Chinese furniture from the GanSu province. It’s made from Beijing pine wood which has been adorned with lotus flower motifs to represent purity and peony flowers to symbolise prosperity, love and romance. It’s such an exquisite piece of furniture which would be stunning in a bedroom. It has four doors which open to reveal spacious storage plus four small drawers. The measurements are 175cm high, 75cm wide and 40cm in depth – £1,250.
Chinese Painted Tall Cabinet
Rouge Asian Decor Shop Stock
The shop is situated on Stoke Newington High Street which is close to the popular Church Street. You might notice a colourful display of Asian home accessories and gifts in the window as you pass by which will certainly entice you in. This is a great shop to browse around and make sure you don’t rush because there is a lot to see and admire here. The products are displayed on beautiful Chinese dressers and shelving around the perimeter with tables in the middle of the space. Towards the back you’ll also see video screens where you can watch artisans at work making pieces that you can buy in the store.
Shop Interiors Ground Floor
On the ground floor you’ll find the homeware, tableware, jewellery and gift items. This is an extensive collection and I’ll just name a few of these. Decorative accessories include incense holders, candles, tea lights, little bird ornaments, waving lucky cats, glass and glazed vases, Buddha statues, colourful wire bird cages, papier-mâché trinket boxes and fabric jewellery boxes.
Tableware includes delightfully decorated noodle and rice bowls and a range of glazed mugs, plates and bowls. You can also buy stylish chopsticks. They have a good selection of teapots including traditional style cast iron and ceramic versions with wooden handles plus sets which include a decorative teapot with matching cups. Soft furnishings include blankets, throws and patterned cushions. Some of the textiles are European and British made. The origami paper lampshades are lovely with some pretty patterns in cool colours.
Tableware and Chopsticks
Fashion accessories include silk dressing gowns, scarves, gloves, tote bags, fold up shopping bags and purses. Jewellery features a selection of quartz and pearl earrings, bracelets and necklaces plus cuffs covered with vintage fabric.
Selection of Jewellery
Make sure you check out the basement which is stacked high with furniture. You’ll find a mix of new and vintage Chinese and Mongolian pieces in a range of colours, some plain and others with traditional style painted patterns. It’s a great collection comprising of bedside cabinets, larger cabinets, dressers, console tables, wardrobes, blanket boxes and more.
Selection of Furniture in Shop Basement
It’s such a treasure chest of Asian furniture, home accessories, decorative accessories and gifts which you’ll enjoy viewing. There is always something new to discover so it’s one of those shops that you can visit time and time again. I’ve bought a few things from this shop over the years and I always love browsing around. If you are in the vicinity do pop in.
Rouge Asian Decor Shop Information
To find out more about the shop visit the website Rouge Shop where you can also buy some of the products. The address is 158 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7LJ. The nearest stations are Stoke Newington and Rectory Road which are both on the Overground line. This area is currently undergoing regeneration so there are a lot of eateries opening up. For more restaurants and boutique style shops also try Stoke Newington Church Street. Check the website for opening times but at date of writing this article they were closed on Mondays and from Tuesday to Saturday it’s 11am-6.30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Lei Yang and the gentleman who was working in the shop when I popped in to take photographs.