One day, when they were particularly despondent about their job and the bookshops they went to during their lunch breaks, Marc and Montse thought that someone could make a killing if they opened a good bookshop. Not a big one. Not another large surface affair over many floors, tables piled high with promotions, ‘3 for 2s' and 20 percent off everything - no, just a small and clever space!
Six months later, in February 2000, on Earlham street, just around the corner from where they used to work, they opened the first Magma store. The location was scientifically chosen in order to coincide with Marc's favourite sandwich shop (which to Marc's disappointment closed down as soon as they opened) as well as the place where Montse went to buy all her clothes (once a year, in the sales).
A Clerkenwell branch followed in 2001, and a year later a third store was opened in Manchester.
A must for any design loving individual, but be warned, you can end up spending hours perusing the fantastic wares on offer!