We’ve always collected household items, whether they be vintage, modern, mass produced or artisan. In 2015 we started importing household items from abroad because we couldn’t find the products we wanted for our home here in London.
To get the pricing right, we purchased several items in bulk directly from a manufacturer and sold the balance to our friends. This pragmatic step inadvertently became the origins of Home Institute.
Today we both import products from the four corners of the world, and sell to like-minded customers across the globe. As we’ve grown we kept the original ethos and continue to sell found, handmade, designer and manufactured products alongside each other.
Some of these products are difficult to source, others are everyday objects; but every product has clear provenance, a good story, is well made, and has a strong reason to exist in this world – as well as your home.
We appreciate that Home Institute is a niche and specific edit of homewares, but it’s one that’s personal to us and we hope that you appreciate and enjoy it. Or even better, it’ll find a place in your home.
Founder, Home Institute
Five ideas that shape what we do
Well-designed objects, spaces and places improve our quality of life
Good design isn’t about style, embellishment or pretence
The more special an item is, the more often we use it
Our favourite items don’t hide at the back of a cupboard; let’s make every day an occasion
Well-made products have less environmental impact
Being thoughtful in our choice of household items means as a society we use resources better and waste less
Showing hospitality is part of what makes us human
Being generous is good for both ourselves, and others
Food, drink and life is best shared
An experience shared is not an experience halved