Hidden under arch ways, on quiet streets and through mysterious doorways lie the vintage art and design boutiques of London. This article pays homage to The Darkroom boutique store which is currently on sabbatical and will re-launch in late 2016. Hausmag looks back at what it’s valued customers loved…

The DarkroomThe Darkroom | London, Lamb’s Conduit Street

Grid Collection | The Darkroom | Photography by Dezeen

Owners Rhonda Drakesford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck’s both share a passionate and personal love for design. Central Saint Martins graduate Drakesford first founded her own graphic design consultancy before establishing Darkroom. Whereas Roper-Caldbeck’s was previously a womenswear designer for Paul Smith before she collaborated with Drakesford.

The DarkroomThe Darkroom | London

Renowned for its simplistic, geometric décor, the boutiques walls are coated in black and had a wonderfully art deco, geometric tiled floor. Inside, the store stocked brightly coloured pieces such as one-off necklaces, scarves and vintage bags, sculptural ceramics, prints and monochrome knit furnishings.

The Darkroom So Sottsass plates | The Darkroom London

Enduring 7 successful years on the high street, The Darkroom has created a platform for over 200 designers and artists over the years. One of the stores defining features is an in-store art and sculpture exhibition that was changed biannually. This unusual boutique was home to many exciting and unique designer’s work. All who breached the ideas of normality and envisioned the world through their individualistic perspectives.

The DarkroomNdebele prints | The Darkroom London

The legacy of The Darkroom has in turned paved way for many of London’s newer concept stores. Although the brand’s physical store has closed, their online shop in in the works and we look forward to many more exciting collaborations in the future, from the design duo.


Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Sonia Wan


Visit 52 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3LL, United Kingdom for other unique concept stores