Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>While on tour in London recently, I was very excited to take our client to an iconic London antiques establishment called Guinevere . This store, famous for its showroom displays which are to die for, juxtaposes the old and new, east and west, wild and sober in a way that reflects how the stylish set live now. From the moment you set foot in the door, you know that you are somewhere special where quality is prized above all else.
Co-owner Marc Weaver was kind enough to meet us at the door and take our group on a private tour of their meandering, multilevel store. From small Chinese sculptures and Asian screens to European oil paintings and mid century lighting, everywhere you look vignettes are thoughtfully put together. The buying team at Guinevere scours the globe for the most exquisite pieces, resulting in an interesting mix that’s both inspiring and informing.
And their textile collection, which is put together by Heather Weaver, is a go-to source for those in the know. A combination of antique dhurries, French linens, embroidered napkins, tablecloths, and cotton bedspreads from India, the inventory is always coming in the door and flying out.
The founder was French-born Genevieve Weaver who trained as a hat designer in Paris in the 1950’s. After moving to London, she became intrigued by antiques and opened Guinevere in 1963 in what was then a “not-so-nice” end of Kings Road in Chelsea. It’s funny how time changes things, as today that same area is a very prominent section of the neighborhood.
Her flair for mixing styles and eras has continued with her sons Marc and Kevin who now run the company. Their forward-thinking combinations of antiquities and mid-century modern are unique in the antiques trade where dealers often specialize in one era or style. Their desire to mix things up puts them at the forefront as innovators in this industry rather than trend followers.
Today the company caters to discerning collectors and interior designers from all over the world. Their international following is loyal, consistently coming back for more. And more is something Guinevere always has. Consisting of four adjoining shops and windows on Kings Road, this showroom is constantly evolving. In fact, they were changing some of the windows the day we dropped in. It was such a delight to tour this famous store – a landmark on Kings Road – and hear a bit of its history from Marc himself. Thank You Guinevere for being such gracious hosts on our recent visit!
Consider this shop a Must Visit Antiques Diva London Resource!
The Antiques Diva®