I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published October 31st 2012
Style and substance
Some shops serve a function. You need something specific, so you go to the appropriate shop to buy it. Easy. Other shops are far more interesting than that. Indish is one of those shops that is just great fun to wander around and admire. Sometimes a trip to Indish has proved to be more interesting than a trip to a gallery or an exhibition.
They sell the kind of design products that you never knew you wanted until you saw it, but then spend the rest of the day wondering why you'd not thought of it yourself.
If you are looking for rustic and bohemian, this is not the place. This shop is a temple of clean lines, elegant designs and simple functionality. The furniture, lighting, accessories and gifts would not look out of place in a penthouse in some Scandinavian capital. They have dozens of little gadgets to make opening wine, serving coffee, cooking or merely checking the time to a stylish event. I particularly liked the Kartell clocks (I treated myself to one - little devil) and the giant Philip Stark mirrors.
They have lights that look like scientific instruments and scientific instruments that look like spaceships. As long as I am still in a crummy, rented room the big stuff will have to wait. As nice as the Essey illusion tables are, they would look a little out of place in my little room. Because of this, the big shop will have to wait and I will limit my purchases to gifts, watches and the occasional clock. When I have my penthouse by the river, I will be back here to stock up on all life little stylish extras.
I love design, so a visit to Indish is always a must for a day in Crouch End.