undercurrents was an extraordinary, designer curiosity shop close to old street. the shop was named after the favourite jazz lp of co-owner ina. it was bursting to its seams with furniture, lamps, all sorts of fashion jewellery and curious items. ina is part finnish and made a profession out of her hobby. treasure hunts often led her and her husband to scandinavia. undercurrents sold second-hand stuff of no particular brand, scandinavian wood products, designer lamps and collectors’ items such as ceramic sculptures by bjorn winblad. even design professors searched there for inspiration with their classes. alternative east end celebs like peter doherty from babyshambles and house dj damian lazarus rummaged there for rare items and unusual presents.


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