I recently visited Totnes, in South Devon, on what can only be described as a bit of a ‘design pilgrimage’ to the Nkuku lifestyle store and cafe. I’d been hearing amazing things about the brand for weeks and I thought it was high time I found out what all the fuss was about..
What is Nkuku?
Nkuku is a veritable treasure trove of homewares and lifestyle accessories. Nestled in the rolling hills of South Devon, this nationally acclaimed lifestyle brand has somehow managed to maintain a fairly low-key profile amongst the locals. Yet it’s modest location is deceiving, because Nkuku is filled to the brim with beautiful lifestyle accessories and is definitely somewhere for your bucket list if you’re big on home interiors.
The brand all started when founders Alex and Alistair Cooke came home from time spent traveling Africa and India. After meeting many artisans and craftspeople throughout their travels, they sought to honour these individuals’ talents by bringing beautiful, handcrafted objects home to the UK.
What Can You Expect?
From the moment I stepped inside Nkuku, I was smitten. The spacious, open-plan layout allows for hundreds of unique lifestyle products and accessories to be on displayed at once, without any fear of clutter. The Nkuku team have done a marvellous job of dressing all three principal spaces and as I strolled through the shop, I spied everything from handwoven rugs to quirky door knobs. There’s a wall of Nkuku’s iconic kiko frames to swoon over, dozens of terrariums in all shapes and sizes, plush soft furnishings, and even a small selection of lovingly restored vintage luggage trunks.
I was surprised by how affordable many of the items on display were. While there are some understandably more expensive items – such as a seriously cosy looking sofa for £6k – many of the accessories were affordable when you consider their quality and provenance. Terrariums, for example, start from just £12.95, which is frankly amazing value!
Because there was so much on offer that I loved and because I have such little space left in my home, I had to restrain myself from coming away with an eight-foot elephant statue. However, I couldn’t exactly leave empty-handed, so I bought a rather beautiful metallic bottle stopper in the shape of an artichoke flower. I’ll admit, I also had my eye on a couple of terrariums and some dinnerware; but I have a few restoration projects to complete at home first, before I start adding to my ever-expanding collection of homewares.
My Favourite Nkuku Products
To give you an idea of what you can find at this lovely store, I put together a little collage containing some of my favourite products. These are available to purchase in-store or online:
**I use affiliate links in this post. All photographs within this blog post were taken by me and all photographs within the product roundup were taken by/belong to Nkuku. **