Soane Britain in Pimlico has expanded into the shop next door and doubled the size of its lovely roof terrace, now fragrant with jasmine and fringed with palms. This shop is an ace find for decorating devotees
The shop offers bespoke furniture, lighting, and accessories made by craftworkers from all over the country, often using several skills in one piece.

Browse through an inspirational portfolio of more than 250 highly original designs that blend antique and contemporary influences.

Materials are magical, and include every type of timber, stone, metal and leather, as well as modern plastics such as Perspex. Or how about hand-dyed goatskin in 20 colours, or a Jurassic stone, 130 million years old?

Find for example the Casino chair in pale honey oak, with a webbed and hand-sprung seat and seascroll polished nickel nailing, upholstered in duck-egg-blue Morocco leather (£2,585); or the Stag Table, with forged and hand-beaten iron legs and top in slate (or Morocco leather, limestone or marble) for about £9,560 (depending on size); or, more modestly, the Turban door handle in four different sizes in nickel, brass or bronze (from £45).

Soane Britain, 50 Pimlico Road, SW1 (020 7730 6400).

Open from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm; Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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