Well-polished Knightsbridge is no stranger to well-heeled boutiques, soigné ateliers and one of the biggest “concept stores” in the world — the grande dame that is Harrods. Yet there is, quite literally, a new kid on the block, which is set to offer a groundbreaking and forward-thinking twist on retail. Unlike many other concept spaces, its roots aren’t in fashion, but interiors. Famed for its hand-built kitchens and interior architecture, Smallbone has now taken over a vast four-storey 15,000sq ft space on the corner of Ovington Gardens and Brompton Road and with it will come a whole new vision. Smallbone will be offering everything to make the home beautiful — whether it’s the kitchen, dressing room, study or media salon.
However, it is also spreading its wings to offer so much more than elegant design for one’s abode. For starters, the enormous space allows for luxury cars and sweeping artworks to be on display in a gallery-like setting. Then there is Samsung’s “The Wall” — the biggest such screen installation in the world and an awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling cinema-quality leviathan, which gives an almost unparalleled opportunity for screenings, as well as streamed concerts and artwork displays.