By E L Brown
DT stopped by Piquant Collections – the newest arrival at Gaunson House on Markfield Road – to check out their selection of furniture, gifts and homeware, and have a chat with founder Claire Nurden about her venture.
DT: Hello Claire! What do you do here at Piquant?
Claire Nurden: The whole focus of what I do here is accessible design: taking interesting ideas for the home, that everybody can afford. I didn’t want to work in a shop where I couldn’t afford to buy any of the products – there’s no fun in that!
DT: What drew you to set up shop in Tottenham?
CN: I’ve always been drawn to this space; there’s a really interesting, diverse and passionate community here, and it’s really nice to be a part of that. There’s also such a strong creative scene developing here – it really feels like something new is happening – so it was really the perfect spot.
DT: What’s the response from the local community been like?
CN: Really good, I’ve had so many people through the door, and everyone’s been really welcoming. We’ve only just opened, but I’ve been blown away by the response so far.
DT: What’s your favourite piece in the shop at the moment?
CN: That’s so difficult! I would say two things. One is a vintage Dutch coffee table, which we got in recently: I love the monochrome mosaic on the top, it’s really thin and it’s got lovely golden legs, which set the whole piece off nicely. The other product I love is the Join ‘Hedgerow’ candle, they’re all handmade with soy wax – I cannot get enough of them.
The shop is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm:
Unit 3 Gaunson House