Thursday, May 24, 2012

Labour and Wait

I came across this fabulous East London shop on Rita Konig's blog recently. It was the beautiful building itself that caught my eye initially, but isn't the way their wares spill out to the footpath so inviting?

Looking somewhat 'Open All Hours', Labour & Wait was established in 2000 offering...

 " evolving range of timeless, functional products for everyday life.
For the past twelve years we have searched out specialist makers from around the world, many of whom manufacture their goods in the traditional way and to their original designs."

"Labour and Wait was intended as a place to buy timeless, functional, well designed, high quality products, at a time when most retailers were tending towards cheap, disposable low quality items."

Japanese Coffee Pot

Moose Fire Lighters

Rope Key Ring

Rotating Soap Holder

Enamel Milk Pot

Robert Dyas meets your Grandmother's kitchen. I can only imagine that a visit to Labour and Wait would make one feel that things have slowed down, if only for a little while.

All images via Labour and Wait.


  1. Hello Annie:
    Although we have heard much of 'Labour and Wait' we have never visited the store. As you say, it all does look to be beautifully displayed and their philosophy is something we should certainly sign up to.

    When we lived in Herefordshire, we used to frequent a very similar store in Ludlow called 'The Period House Shop'. It was good to be able to find things that one had not seen for many decades and one thought were lost for ever!

  2. It's gorgeous, all those green bricks, and the brooms and crates. I would definitely stop by if I was in East London. xxx

  3. Lovely shop! Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

  4. cool find! How lovely do the green tiles with the black look. Old school fabulousness! lovT