Christina's new shop was up and running late last year, and she was immediately taken with the warm reception she received, not just from customers, but also from fellow traders. The well known Crystal Palace community spirit now brings the Triangle's traders together for regular meetings about how to draw people to the area. The SE19 late night shopping evenings proved to be a successful initiative, and now discussions are under way about how to participate in the Overground Festival this coming summer.
The shop itself is done out in a dramatic and enveloping dark grey, against which the merchandise shines. A deep stained pine floor continues up the wall at the end, giving a lovely textured backdrop to a range of frames and mirrors, while off-cuts of the floor were artfully pieced together to form the front of the cash desk. The products are of a very specific style; warm industrial meets Scandinavian, thereby deflecting any suggestion that this is just another homewares shop, of which there are several on the Triangle. But therein lies the point; not only does Christina's range differ from that of other local shops, but the number, and diversity of homewares stores in the area, collectively draw people to the area, in the way a single store wouldn't. In a former career, Christina had been an interior designer, but has found owning a retail business much more satisfying, in that she can create the whole look and philosophy of the business to reflect her vision, rather than, as a designer, having to cater to a multiplicity of tastes of different clients. Products range from furniture and lighting down to accessories, and even a small line of foods. From locally produced bamboo toothbrushes, to stylish Danish designs and more mass produced items. About 40% is made in the UK, and prices are pretty affordable.
And while you're browsing this rich, dark interior, you can also sit and have a coffee while you absorb it all. It all makes for a pleasant atmosphere, and another good reason to visit the Triangle.
67 Westow Hill