Hello and welcome to...

On Friendship and Chairs

On Friendship in Chairs opened in December 2019. Based on the border of Hackney and Islington, we specialise in mid-century furniture, as well vintage homeware and gifts.


The name and the  Philosophy...


The name comes from the 1937 book 'The Importance of Living' - by Chinese philosopher Lin Yutang. His philosophy on friendship and chairs is this... 


That the sign of true friendship is to enter someoneโ€™s home and make yourself as comfortable as possible... by reclining on armchairs, โ€˜lollingโ€™ across the furniture and putting your feet up on the coffee table. 


In the words of Lin Yutang himself:


โ€œToday any man who calls himself anotherโ€™s friend must not be afraid to put his legs on top of a desk in his friendโ€™s room [...]


After all, to make oneself at home and look restful, is only to help oneโ€™s host or hostess succeed in the difficult art of hospitality.โ€


And so, inspired by Lin Yutang, weโ€™re selling furniture and homeware (old and new) to help you make your home as welcoming and comfortable as possible. To create a unique space that invites admiration - but also lots of lolling and friendship.


You can find us on King Henry's Walk - a few moments away from Dalston Kingsland Overground station, or you can be the first to hear about our latest stock by subscribing to the newsletter here

Hopefully see you in the shop soon,



Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed 

Wednesday 8.15am - 12.30pm

Thursday 8.15am - 12.30pm

Friday 8.15am - 12.30pm

Saturday 9.30am - 1.30pm

Sunday 9.30am - 1.30pm

  • Facebook
  • Instagram