Stepping into Talisman’s triple-decker London store, it feels more like you’ve entered a fantasy-land than antiques shop. A Paul Evans Cityscape credenza is tucked into one corner, while a bronze Sergio Bustamante rhino lurks behind another.
“My interest in design has been part of my whole life,” says Talisman owner Ken Bolan. “I’ve always been aware of how things work together, from the fashion of the day to their function.” Bolan opened Talisman in Dorset in 1982. “We opened with a BANG!,” says Bolan of the shop’s early incarnation. “It was a 10,000 square foot showroom showcasing French, Swedish, Italian antiques and statuary. It was a new way of doing things in the antique business.”