Our Story

Family-run with your home in mind since 1990…

Our history TimelineMeet the Team
1930s

The Beginning

Robert Keyes founded a cabinet-making and antique furniture restoration business in London's East End in the late 1930s and then went to war for 6 years. After de-mobbing he continued where he'd left off and set-up his first workshop in Bateman's Row - a rundown, tiny street full of small workspaces and factories in what is now one of London's most expensive and sought after areas in Shoreditch.
The Beginning
1980s

Down the Generations

After Robert Keyes' retirement, Matthew Crawford, his grandson, took over the business after apprenticing with him in the early 1980s and relocated the workshop to Islington, north London. Matthew met his wife and partner, Zoë Candlin, a textile designer, in 1981 and they shared a workshop in White Lion Street, Islington for a number of years, where she ran her own company designing and selling printed textiles to the USA and Europe, alongside Matthew's woodworking shop.
Down the Generations
1990s

Store Opening

On the 11th May 1990 in a little shop on Upper Street, Islington, Zoë & Matthew jointly established After Noah. Part antique shop & part contemporary design home-store, they began to curate a look & style that, at the time, was highly unusual for mixing old & new together. They were joined in 1991 by Simon Tarr, now part-owner & general manager. In 1995 Nathalie Hankey joined them, playing an invaluable role for almost 2 decades. (While she left in 2015, her daughter Neve (see below) mans the tills to this day, much as kids were sent up chimneys in Victorian times! In 2001 they expanded into the shop next door where a traditional toyshop evolved. The two buildings were knocked together to form what has become one of the most eclectic, unusual & interesting stores in London selling everything from mid-century furniture, to gifts & cards. Oscar & India (Matthew & Zoë's) children have grown-up among the furniture & toys since they were born & now Oscar has become the 4th generation to learn his trade, still using some of the tools once held by his great-grandfather.
Store Opening
2005

A New Workshop

In 2005, they expanded further still, excavating and building a new workshop within the same location and incorporated their restoration business into the shop site itself. Now alongside restoration of furniture for private clients, the shop's vintage items could be sourced, restored and put out for sale all within the same building with the restoration process in full view of their customers. The small frontage belies how large the shop really is and daily, new visitors express surprise at what they've stumbled across. Our current most favourite description of us is, "…a creaky tardis full of delights…" and we encourage you to come and experience us when you're next in our neck of the woods.
A New Workshop
Family Run

Meet The Team

Matthew Crawford

Co-Founder & Olive Fanatic

The clever one

Zoë Candlin

Co-Founder & Yoga Addict

The stylish one

Simon Tarr

General Manager & Classic Car Buff

The chatty one

Mark Coverdale

Senior Furniture Restorer & Wordsmith

The northern one

Sunny Johnston

Assistant Manager & Furry Animal Lover

The small one

Oscar Crawford

Furniture Restorer & Sound-Man

The musical one

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Archie Crawford

Shop Dog & Squeaky Toy Collector

The barky one

Neve Hankey

The Boss & Fringe Hater

The funniest one

Malin Andersson

Web Orders Guru & Songstress

The swedish one

Kate Tuck

Stock Researcher, Tagger & Filmmaker

The filmy one

Katrina Larsen-Kittle

Sales Assistant

The Architect One

Lily Curtis

Sales Assistant

The new one

Mimi Bailey

Web & Shop Stylist & Surfer Dude

The brazillian one

Gui Bailey

DOP

The filmy one

Hannah Eachus

Sales Assistant & Illustrator

The Organiser

Mia Baccarini

Sales Assistant & Night Owl

The clumsy one

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Marvin Mariuba

Toyshop Assistant & Part-time Model

The handsome one

Matthew Crawford

Co-Founder & Olive Fanatic

The clever one

Zoë Candlin

Co-Founder & Yoga Addict

The stylish one

Simon Tarr

General Manager & Classic Car Buff

The chatty one

Mark Coverdale

Senior Furniture Restorer & Wordsmith

The northern one

Sunny Johnston

Assistant Manager & Furry Animal Lover

The small one

Oscar Crawford

Furniture Restorer & Sound-Man

The musical one

Archie Crawford

Shop Dog & Squeaky Toy Collector

The barky one

Neve Hankey

The Boss & Fringe Hater

The funniest one

Malin Andersson

Web Orders Guru & Songstress

The swedish one

Kate Tuck

Stock Researcher, Tagger & Filmmaker

The filmy one

Katrina Larsen-Kittle

Sales Assistant

The Architect One

Lily Curtis

Sales Assistant

The new one

Mimi Bailey

Web & Shop Stylist & Surfer Dude

The brazillian one

Gui Bailey

DOP

The filmy one

Hannah Eachus

Sales Assistant & Illustrator

The Organiser

Mia Baccarini

Sales Assistant & Night Owl

The clumsy one

Marvin Mariuba

Toyshop Assistant & Part-time Model

The handsome one

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