My design London: The New Craftsmen's creative director, Catherine Lock, reveals her go-to shops and favourite makers

Quirky antiques, simple Georgian furniture and Scandinavian mid-century modern design are just some of the things The New Craftsmen shop and gallery creative director, Catherine Lock loves...

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A two-bedroom Victorian terrace house in Blackheath. It’s a beautiful, green area with one of the largest open spaces — Greenwich Park — that leads down to the river. I’m Sussex born and bred so I have to be among greenery and then dip my toe in the concrete jungle. Without the two, my life wouldn’t be complete.  

When I bought my house two years ago, nothing had been done to it for 30 years. I project managed it myself. I’ve kept the original Victorian floorboards really raw, and used a palette of very matte chalky paints, upon which I can put quite a bit of colour if I want to. I have everything from very simple Georgian furniture and old English milk stools, combined with Scandinavian mid-century modern. I’m looking at some rag rugs for my floors  and I keep buying fabric in The Berwick Street Cloth Shop.

I’m about to embark on curtains, so one of my favourite places is Tissus d’Hélène in Chelsea Harbour. They work with independent names and there’s a lot of block printing and beautiful pattern and colour. I also really like textile artist Kirsten Hecktermann (, and Katherine May (katherine who does patchwork and beautiful coloured indigo and natural dyes. For furniture I always go to twentytwentyone in Islington — they have a great sale shop — and SCP. 

Copper look: Town House, an antiques shop in Spitalfields

I love Queen Anne and Georgian buildings. They’re the original minimalists... some of their furniture is just utterly contemporary and functional. Christopher Howe has a shop in Pimlico Road and does antiques and really quirky pieces. Town House in Spitalfields is a really sensitively curated antiques shop, as well as a gallery and café.

Royal Hill in Greenwich. There’s a florist, an old-fashioned family butcher next to a cheesemonger and a fishmonger. There’s a brilliant pub, The Greenwich Union. And Royal Teas does the best handmade cake. 

Lock's secret street: Royal Hill in Greenwich, South London (Alamy)

A Lucie Rie pot. I was really lucky that I was invited to [ceramics gallery owner] Anita Besson’s flat before she died. It was full of Lucy Rie and Hans Coper pieces... so light and fragile.

Rose de Borman ( is trained in textile art and surface design and printing. She’s brilliant with colour and her work has a naive, folky quality. We’ve just started to sell her fabric by the metre. Georgia Kemball ( creates incredibly distinctive textiles. Edmond Byrne ( is an Irish glass blower who produces the most glorious coloured glass. And Nic Webb’s spoons ( are hand-carved from green timber. 

Nic Webb’s spoons: hand-carved from green timber

Pedro da Costa Felgueiras (lacquer has dedicated his life’s work to reviving the lost art of traditional paint making. He painted Walpole’s house, Strawberry Hill.

  • The New Craftsmen will present a special exhibition at Christie’s to celebrate the opening of its new gallery next month (

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