Every Wednesday 'Indie of the week' celebrates the best independent stores around. These places sell interesting and varied collections of design-related things you don't see everywhere else. They may support young or local designers or be great at finding unique things from around the world. By thinking a little more creatively about what they stock they are fighting the bland homogenisation of so much of the high street. And since I'm down with the realities of modern life, online only stores count too, because a beautiful and easy to use website is just as delightful an encounter in cyberspace.
Do you you have a favourite store? I'd love to hear from you.
I was wandering around the leafy streets of Dulwich in South East London recently with friend who directed me to this little gem. Owner Jane Hole sells an interesting, and very tactile, collection of interiors items and accessories on the ground floor and art from the gallery downstairs. It's exactly what a local shop should be - curated with care and a joy to visit.
Who are you? Jane Hole of Jane Newbery
Where can we find you? 33 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BN. Online at Jane Newbery.
Describe your store in five words: Clear, cohesive, colourful, thought-through design.
What makes you different? The eclectic mix: from Fatboys to Beatrix Potter - something for everybody.
How you decide what makes the cut? I buy what I like and in general the item has to have beauty and function.
What were you doing before you did this? I was an English teacher in my previous life.
If you were starting again what advice would you give yourself? I would have enjoyed my summer holidays and told myself not to panic during the quiet time in August.
What are you most proud of? Writing a convincing business plan and managing my cash-flow.
Do you have a favourite thing in the store right now? The set of Beatrix Potter hanging ornaments.
What's hot for 2013? Orwell & Goode lampshades - especially the hare design (pictured below, right).