In the Kitchen with String® & Michelin Chef Karim Khouani

Swedish storage specialists String® invited Karim Khouani into the String® kitchen to discuss all things cooking, covering his influences, career and thoughts on what makes a good kitchen. 

My life revolves around food, from early morning to bedtime. My thoughts revolve around meals, drinks and ingredients. I come from the south of France and grew up in Marseille, which is filled with the smells of wonderful boulangeries and cheese shops. My favourite dish is red mullet, a small Mediterranean saltwater fish, and my favourite utensil is a good spoon to try everything", shares Karim.

Influenced by the heritage of his Italian mother and Moroccan father, Karim understands quality, taste, spices and seasonal products intrinsically. From a pastry chef at 14, he worked his way up and landed a job with Marco Pierre White at Holland Park in a few short years. He is now a celebrity in southern Sweden where he became the first restaurateur in the country to receive a star in the famous Michelin Guide.

Karim Khouani's Top Kitchen Design Tips 

  • When you cook a lot, you want to have lots of open shelves, as is the case with String. You don't want to have too many doors and cupboards. You don't need to, because everything on the shelves is used almost every day.
  • And you want to have everything to hand. Hooks, hangers and bars are a really great way to keep utensils and pans handy. Metal shelves are tough and look better as you get older.
  • What I particularly like about String are the cork accessories such as the coasters on which you can put a hot pan to cool down - and of course the bottle holder for the wine!

Looking for inspiration for your own kitchen? View String kitchen bundles and components here.

PROJECT | November 2021

Yellowstone Club in Montana's Rocky Mountains

Located in Big Sky, Montana, Yellowstone Club is designed by Lauren Weiss Home and reflects the grandeur of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the mountain views, while the abundant use of wood panelling and natural materials like wool, mohair, stone and leather harness the warmth of nature. 

Specially commissioned artwork is paired carefully with selected furniture from De La Espada including the Frame Sofa and Solo Oblong Table by Neri&Hu and Elysia Lounge Chair and Laurel Side Table by Luca Nichetto.

View more imagery of Yellowstone Club here.

LIMITED EDITION | November 2021

String x Monocle Limited Edition Shelf

We're delighted to announce haus® is the exclusive UK stockist for the new String × Monocle Shelf; a limited-edition product collaboration by Swedish design furniture firm String and global media company Monocle.

The custom oak shelves, which are oiled by hand, have the perfect proportions to hold cameras, books and your favourite magazine. Monocle opted for an olive-coloured powder-coated, semi-matt steel frame that’s both understated and distinctive. Each piece also includes a comely brass plaque to commemorate the partnership, bearing the words String × Monocle 2021.

The String x Monocle Limited Edition Shelf retails for £175 and is available only while stock lasts - shop here.

HAUS EDIT | October 2021

New Autumn Window Display

With the arrival of Autumn, we have refreshed our window display with pieces from De La EspadaMenu, Nanimarquina and Wastberg by celebrated designers such as Ilse Crawford and more.

View all new arrivals on display in our window here. 


Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford is a renowned British designer, the founder of eponymous design studio Studioilse, and the former founding editor of Elle Decoration. Throughout her exceptional career, Ilse Crawford furniture has focused on design’s ability to enhance the human experience with products and experiences that are attentive to space and the lives that coexist within them. Along with countless spaces, she has designed products for De La Espada, Nanimarquina and Wastberg. 

Crawford doesn’t have a signature style, but a signature feeling: emotional and deeply rooted to the place.” – The New York Times.

View our haus® edit of Ilse Crawford furniture, homeware and lighting here. 

NEW BRAND | October 2021

Introducing Mobles 114 

We're delighted to welcome Spanish brand Mobles 114, with key pieces including the TRIA shelving system by JM Massana and JM Tremoleda and Nuta stool by Lluís Pau now available at haus. 

Founded in 1973, Mobles 114 is a design company based in Barcelona. The brand has earned great recognition throughout its history, receiving many awards such as the National Design Award in 2001 in Spain. 

Browse our Mobles 114 edit here.

LIMITED EDITION | October 2021

Parentesi 50th Anniversary 

To celebrate its 50th year, the Parentesi suspension light is reimagined in new colours, signal orange and turquoise, both of which are a tribute to the original creators, Achille Castiglioni, an iconic lighting/furniture designer and Pio Manzù, an inventor who designed the renowned FIAT 127 car.

Easy to move from place to place, the Parentesi 50 suspension lamp also comes in beautiful packaging that is inspired by a promotional case that Manzù used in 1965 for FIAT. Environmentally conscious and perfect for a nomadic lifestyle, the Parentesi 50th Anniversary light is a piece of history that will remain timeless in any interior.

This special edition is available for one year only, until September 2022. 

Read more about Parentesi 50th Anniversary here.

PROMOTION | October 2021

Autumn Lighting: Save up to 20% 

With the arrival of Autumn cosy up and bring some extra light into your home.

For a limited time enjoy up to 20% savings on lighting from leading design brands including Louis Poulsen, Gubi, Tom Dixon, HAY, Flos, Fritz Hansen, DCW Editions, Menu and more.

Shop our Autumn Lighting Sale here. 

HAUS EDIT | October 2021

Back In Stock: Home Office Edit

We've rounded-up our favourite home office accessories that are now back in stock from Vitra, HAY, Anglepoise, Muuto and more!

From desk organisers to stylish table lamps, bookends and paper bins, explore our edit for inspiration to help organise and refresh your home office. 

View our in-stock Home Office Edit here

PROMOTION | October 2021

20% off all HAY dining tables and chairs

For a limited time only from 1 - 31 October 2021, enjoy 20% off the entire HAY collection of dining chairs and tables.

Refresh your dining space in preparation for the festive season with HAY classics including the About A Chair, J41 Chair, Result Chair, Soft Edge Chair, J42 Chair, Neu ChairTriangle Leg Table, Pyramid Table, Loop Table, Copenhague Table and much more.

Browse the complete HAY collection here, and enjoy 20% off all dining chairs and tables.

Looking for inspiration for your dining space? Visit our HAY Dining Pinterest board here.

IN THE PRESS | October 2021

Coming Soon: An Opinionated Guide to East London (Third Edition) by Hoxton Mini Press

Leading you to the very best places in East London, the third edition of Hoxton Mini Press' An Opinionated Guide to East London shares 73 places to eat, drink, stay and shop (including our Victoria Park shop!), plus a map and 'perfect weekend' itinerary. 

This newly updated guide officially launches on 7 October 2021 and will be available to purchase online and in-store soon. 

"Here’s where we’d tell you to go if you came to visit us and stayed in our spare room. And bought us a really nice gift." - Ann and Martin of Hoxton Mini Press

Email us to pre-order a copy or receive an alert when this book arrives in-store and online. 

NEWS | October 2021

Find us on Instagram - @hauslondon

We have a new Instagram account! Follow @hauslondon for the latest news from our brands, interiors inspiration, design classic features, seasonal edits, craft stories, on-the-go updates from events and design fairs, giveaways and more. 

We'd also love to see our designs in your homes. Tag @hauslondon to share your spaces with us. 

Connect with @hauslondon on Instagram.

EVENTS | September 2021   

Highlights from the September design fair season 

Design fairs are back! We were delighted to see Milan Design Week, 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen and London Design Festival return this month, bringing a flurry of new product releases and inspiration with them. 

View our round-up of the latest and greatest here. 

PROJECT | November 2021

St John Church in Hackney by John Pawson

British designer John Pawson has collaborated with architecture studio Thomas Ford & Partners on the refurbishment of the St John church in Hackney, London. The overhaul, which is Pawson's first church project in the UK, focuses on reinstating and accentuating the Grade II-listed building's original design that was hidden by past renovations.

The interiors have been stripped back to the original plan, allowing Pawson to showcase his signature minimalist approach to space and detailing. Dark oak panels line the walls, featuring a ribbed finish that echoes the church's columns. The space is complete with furniture from British makers Another Country. 

Photography by Katrina Lawson Johnston & Gilbert McCarragher.

See more images of the project here, and view our Another Country edit here and collection of John Pawson-designed homewares here.

POP-UP | November 2021

Form & Refine pop-up showroom in Islington

Head down to Islington Square and visit Danish design brand Form & Refine's pop-up showroom. The full collection is on show, including solid timber tables, chairs, shelving and other storage, plus hand-crafted ceramics, alpaca wool throws and more. 

The Form & Refine collection is made with carefully selected natural materials from around the world, using traditional craft techniques. At the pop-up showroom you can also find artist Emi Fujisawa's SS21 slow fashion clothing collection 青藍(sei-ran) and a selection of her ceramic work, along with vintage kimonos and Japanese workwear jackets. 

Open Tuesday to Thursday 11 am - 6pm, and Friday to Saturday 10 am - 5pm. 
Islington Square - South Arcade 

View our Form & Refine edit here.

WHAT'S ON | November 2021

Noguchi Exhibition at The Barbican 

An exhibition celebrating the Japanese-American sculptor, artist and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is on now at the Barbican in London. One of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century, this exhibition focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment.

It is the first touring Noguchi retrospective in Europe for 20 years and showcases over 150 works, including an extraordinary range of sculptures – made in stone, ceramics, wood and aluminium – as well as theatre set designs, playground models, furniture and lighting. Visitors can expect to leave in awe of Noguchi’s extensive contribution to the world of contemporary design. Until 9 January 2022.

View our collection of designs by Noguchi here and learn more about his iconic Akari Light Sculptures here

INSPIRATION | November 2021

String Furniture Inspiration Gallery 

Possibly the most stylish and versatile shelving system available. String® was designed in 1949 by Swedish architect Nils Strinning. View our new String Furniture gallery and get inspired by all the ways this mid-century classic can be used in the home and office. 

We are the main UK dealer for String® with most components in stock for quick delivery. If you need assistance planning and ordering your String system please feel free to contact us, we are pleased to help. 

View our String Furniture Inspiration Gallery here.

NEW ARRIVALS | November 2021

String Furniture Bundles Now Available at HAUS 

Possibly the most stylish and versatile shelving system available. String® was designed in 1949 by Swedish architect Nils Strinning. String Bundles are ready-made combinations using components from the String Storage System. We now have a selection available at HAUS, along with all String Furniture components and accessories. 

We are the main UK dealer for String® with most components in stock for quick delivery. If you need assistance planning and ordering your String system please feel free to contact us, we are pleased to help. 

View our String Furniture Bundles here. 

NEW BRAND | November 2021

Introducing Montana Furniture 

We're delighted to welcome Danish brand Montana Furniture to the HAUS collection. Montana’s flexible, modular system features an inspiring colour palette and is manufactured at Montana’s own factory in Denmark. The Montana system offers endless possibilities and freedom to curate spaces in the ultimate personal way with 36 modules, 4 depths and 42 colours. 

View our Montana Furniture edit here.

 EVENTS | September 2021

Live reports from London Design Festival 

London Design Festival (18-26 September 2021) celebrates London as a global design capital with a programme of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the city.

Bringing together design and art across ten districts in London, we've rounded up our highlights from this year's edition from Another Country, Tom Dixon, SCP, HAY, Carl Hansen & Son, Case and more. 

View our live highlights from London Design Festival 2021. 

NEWS | September 2021

Introducing L.Ercolani, Ercol's new sister brand

In celebration of 100 years at the forefront of British furniture making, Ercol embarks on a new era of design with the launch of L. Ercolani; a new premium furniture brand committed to timeless design.

The L.Ercolani collection is named after Ercol founder Lucian Ercolani and includes classic designs by Ercolani such as the Butterfly chair, Chairmakers chair and Studio couch, plus new works from international designers Norm Architects, Lars Beller Fjetland, Matthew Hilton and more. 

Read more about L.Ercolani and view all new designs here. 

 EVENTS | September 2021

Live reports from 3 Days of Design

Copenhagen's annual design festival, 3 Days of Design, brings together Scandinavia's best design brands for a preview of the latest launches in furniture, lighting and homeware.

We had such an inspiring time visiting the showroom exhibitions and installations presented by many of our favourite design brands such as Skagerak, HAY, Ferm Living, Menu, &tradition, Gubi, Carl Hansen & Son, Louis Poulsen, Fritz Hansen, Le Klint and more.

From morning meditation in the Skagerak garden to late night dancing at the newly expanded HAY House, we loved discovering the latest new releases from these brands in their natural habitats. 

View our behind-the-scenes showroom tours and highlights from 3 Days of Design. 

DESIGN CLASSIC | August 2021

Akari Light Sculptures

Designed in 1951 by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, this group of works includes over 100 table, floor and ceiling lamp designs.

To this day, each Akari Light Sculpture is still meticulously crafted by hand in the Ozeki workshop, a traditional family-run company based in Gifu, Japan. 

Discover 10 interesting facts about the Akari Light Sculptures here. 

 EVENTS | August 2021

Copenhagen Design Guide

Copenhagen's annual design festival, 3 Days of Design, is coming up on 16-18 September 2021. We'll be there on the ground sharing news and inspiration live from our brands including HAY, Ferm Living, Menu, &tradition, Louis Poulsen and more.

In the lead up, we're sharing our favourite spots throughout the city to eat, drink, stay, shop and get inspired, including galleries, architectural wonders and cosy secret spots. 

View our Copenhagen Design Guide here.