Magma is much more than just a fancy bookshop. It is a one-stop shop for all things design-related. This larger, younger sibling of the Covent Garden original also offers homewear, t-shirts, toys, posters and a vast array of magazines. Not that the books wouldn’t be enough on their own: the selection ranges from art, photography, fashion and architecture tomes to beautiful children’s picture books.
But what really sets Magma apart is its devotion to the whole design ethos. From the high ceilings to the face-up arrangement of the books, everything looks as if it was mean to be on display: glossy, tasteful, covetable, pleasing to the eye. The owners understand that most customers don’t come into Magma with a particular purchase in mind—they want to be surprised and inspired.