Future and Found is a fabulous shop in Tufnell Park selling beautiful goods for the home. We popped in for a chat with founder Andrea Bates.
What is the concept behind Future and Found?
We are an interiors and lifestyle concept store housing a curated collection of beautiful things for your home. Our approach is relaxed and modern and we put huge emphasis on customer service – so we actually offer a free in store interior design service so our customers can feel really confident in everything they buy from us.
Having worked for some big brands as a buyer, what made you decide to start up your own business?
I gained lots of experience of buying interiors, working with suppliers and retail spaces so felt confident enough to take the plunge. I learn things every day still which is the beauty about doing it for yourself.
How did you go about setting it up, many sleepless nights?
At each stage of our evolution I panic that we’re not ready / can’t do it and then of course we do. However I still remember that feeling of terror opening the shop door on day one, but then everyone was lovely so I started to relax into it.
The building that you’re in has an interesting history. Tell us about it.
We actually don’t know much about our building despite lots of searching online. It’s an old factory unit which we believe could have been used for making pianos as they were common in this area. It had been sat derelict when we stumbled across it so we were very lucky to get hold of it and bring it back to life.
For our readers, what can they expect to see when they visit your store?
We’ve recently taken over the small retail unit in front of our main building so now have two shop floors connected by our lovely outdoor courtyard space. So people can come and have a mooch around, buy some gifts, have a coffee and browse our interiors at the same time. It’s a lovely relaxed friendly space.
Future and Found has grown over the years, and with a strong online presence too. Tell us about the staff who work there.
We’re now a team of six – as we have so much to do each day we’re all experts at multi-tasking! All of us work across the physical store and our online store so you should always be greeted by a knowledgeable member of staff. We’re all super excited about our future and love our customers who keep us here…
As you’re just up the road from Camden, in Tufnell Park, what are some of your favourite places in the area?
The heath has to be my favourite spot in the area – we are so lucky being so close to such an open space. Diverse is just around the corner and is a brilliant fashion fix. I love a drink in the Pineapple pub. And I’m a bit of a sucker for a Pizza East pizza.
A lovely shop, with a great catalogue of goodies for the home. Pop in to take a look!
Visit Future and Found at www.futureandfound.com
Address: 225A Brecknock Road N19 5AA