Carl Hansen’s craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop

May 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

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Carl Hansen & Son‘s master-weaver Benny Larsen was in London throughout London Craft Week 2017, offering a series of weaving demonstrations that showcased the exceptional skill and craft required to make each Carl Hansen chair.

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twentytwentyone was lucky enough to host Benny as craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop last Saturday morning, when he offered customers and passersby a unique insight into the intricate art of paper cord weaving.

Benny visited us last year for a similar demonstration, working on the envelope-woven seat of the CH22 chair.

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This year he was weaving the paper cord seat of the CH23 dining chair.

This is one of the very first designs that Hans Wegner produced for Carl Hansen, created at the same time as the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair.

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Although it has been out of production for five decades, the CH23 has now been relaunched by Carl Hansen, ensuring that all four of Wegner’s initial designs for the company are now available to the public.

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The double-woven seat of the CH23 chair requires 130 metres of paper cord and can take an experienced weaver over an hour to produce – although Benny can complete one in around 45 minutes.

In addition to observing a master at work, members of the public and shop staff were invited to take a turn…

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… hopefully inspiring the next generation of Carl Hansen master weavers?

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Many thanks to Carl Hansen and Benny Larsen for a fascinating and highly informative event.

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twentytwentyone’s May newsletter

May 9, 2017 · 0 Comments

Childsply chair by Robin Day for twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online.

Also included are details of our forthcoming Day for Flowers exhibition as part of the Lucienne Day centenary celebrations.

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Day for Flowers exhibition

May 4, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition

In Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, twentytwentyone is celebrating her contributions to design with Day for Flowers, a collaborative exhibition that also marks the relaunch of one of Lucienne Day’s designs: the Flower Brick.

Flowers and plants were a key source of inspiration in Lucienne Day’s life and work. She was a passionate gardener and abstracted plant and flower forms appear throughout her work.

Perpetua fabric designed by Lucienne Day

The flower brick has its origins in the decorative Delftware produced during the 18th century to hold ornate floral displays. In 1966 Lucienne Day reinterpreted this historic genre in a collection of distinctive contemporary designs that were produced in England by Bristol Potteries.

twentytwentyone has collaborated with 1882 Ltd and the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to bring the Lucienne Day Flower Brick back into production, with a celebratory limited edition of 100.

Flower Bricks designed by Lucienne Day

To mark the reissue of Day’s design we have invited ten creative individuals from the worlds of fashion, design, interiors, architecture and journalism to design a floral display using a Flower Brick.

Designers and creatives taking part in Day for Flowers exhibition

We are delighted to have the participation of Michael AnastassiadesBarber & OsgerbyPaula DayMax FraserSuzy HoodlessMargaret HowellPhilippe MalouinAlex MowatNikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood.

The ten arrangements they design will be displayed at our River Street showroom, providing a dramatic and inspiring summer show of floral creations – and a fitting tribute to Lucienne Day.

Day for Flowers is hosted in association with 1882 Ltd and The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

It will run from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration for London Craft Week

April 26, 2017 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

A date for your diary: as part of London Craft Week, our Upper Street shop will be hosting a live weaving demonstration courtesy of Carl Hansen and Son.

Benny Hammer Larsen, Carl Hansen and Son’s master weaver, will be setting to work in-store to showcase the highly skilled paper cord weaving technique used in the production of each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Benny visited us last year, when he worked on the paper cord seat of the CH22 lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner. This year he will be weaving the seat of a different but no less illustrious Wegner design: the CH23 dining chair.

Designed at the same time as the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair, the CH23 was one of the first four chairs that Wegner designed for the renowned Swedish furniture manufacturer.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Relaunched by Carl Hansen at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair after five decades out of production, the CH23 has an intricate double-woven paper cord seat that requires considerable experience and skill to produce.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Benny will be craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 6th May.

So whether you’re interested in modern design or simply intrigued to watch a master craftsman at work, do join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the expertise and heritage that goes into making each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Special edition CH24 in elm

April 21, 2017 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

Popularly known as the Wishbone chair, the CH24 was one of the first chair designs that Hans J Wegner created for Carl Hansen & Son.

It has been in continuous production since 1950 and remains one of the most immediately recognisable and widely loved designs of the twentieth century.

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

In 2017 Carl Hansen is marking Wegner’s birthday by issuing a special edition CH24 in elm wood – the first time that the remarkable chair has been produced in this distinctively toned and beautifully grained wood.

With an oiled finish and a natural paper cord seat, the finishing touch is provided by laser-engraving Wegner’s signature and date of birth on the inside of the chair frame.

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The special edition elm Wishbone chair is available for a limited period only and must be ordered by 27th April 2017.

We currently have a set of six elm CH24 chairs on display at our River Street showroom.

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

View the special edition elm CH24 chair on our website here. Or visit our showroom to experience this very special chair for yourself.

2017 Milan Furniture Fair

April 15, 2017 · 0 Comments

Milan furniture fair 2017

twentytwentyone’s team made their annual pilgrimage to the world’s foremost design event and have returned inspired by the wealth of creative ingenuity on display.

Gain a glimpse of a new works by established and up-and-coming designers in our pictorial survey of Milan 2017.

To receive regular updates on the designers and the furniture, lighting and accessories that are inspiring us, sign up for our newsletter here.

twentytwentyone’s April newsletter

April 10, 2017 · 0 Comments

Palissade outdoor furniture by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Haytwentytwentyone’s April newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online.

Also included are details of our Spring Living edit of furniture, lighting and accessories for your home and garden.

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Spring living

April 9, 2017 · 0 Comments

Niwaki Okasune snips

As the days warm and lengthen, twentytwentyone has a host of fresh designs to help you enjoy outdoor living.

Currently on display at our River Street showroom, our range of classic and contemporary garden furniture includes new designs by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison and TAF Architects.

Many models are now in stock and available for immediate delivery to your garden.

Palissade by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay

Designed by the Bouroullec brothers, Palissade is an extensive family of outdoor furniture formed from linear slatted metal.

Evoking traditional French garden furniture while remaining resolutely contemporary, the Palissade collection includes stools, lounge chairs and benches as well as tables and chairs for outdoor dining.

All Plastic Chair by Jasper Morrison for Vitra

Jasper Morrison’s All Plastic Chair recalls the form of the traditional wooden chair,  but uses new materials and production techniques to offer enhanced comfort, functionality and adaptability.

Cast in dyed-through polypropylene which is sun and water-resistant, the All Plastic Chair may be used both indoors and outside and is available in seven different colours.

Overlap table and benches by TAF Architects

The award-winning Overlap family of outdoor furniture by TAF Architects combines a distinctive folded steel leg system with table tops and bench seats in untreated Western Red cedar wood which will patinate and mature with use.

For the green-fingered, we have a new range of Japanese garden tools to assist you in tending and trimming plants.

Niwaki Okatsune secateursNiwaki weeding hoeLungo watering can by Davy GrosemansPrized in Japan for their strength, sharpness and ease of use, these expertly crafted secateurs, snips and weeding hoes are now available to British gardeners.

Use alongside the Lungo watering can, which has a graceful form inspired by the profile of a traditional enamel coffee pot to bring a dash of wit to the act of watering the plants.

Edge pot by StillebenPlant Box Indoor planter by Ferm livingAtelier Stella hanging plantersIf you wish to bring outdoor greenery inside, our range of pots and containers embraces from simple and striking designs in earthenware and metal as well as hanging pots with a distinct sense of character.

We have also selected garden accessories to bring light and warmth to outdoor spaces, including the best-selling Follow Me rechargeable light.

With an oak handle for portability, this appealing little mushroom-shaped light casts a warm glow over drinks in the garden or picnics further afield.

Follow Me rechargeable light by Inma BermudezFlame firebowl by SkagerakPatina oil lamp by Broberg RidderstraleMeanwhile the Flame firebowl creates fireside atmosphere in gardens and on beaches, and the Patina oil lamp sees a traditional light source for your garden table reconfigured with a sleek modern form.

You can also bring additional life to outdoor spaces by encouraging visitors in the form of birds and insect life.

Neighbirds nest boxTrook bee hotelsVogeli bird feederOur selection of garden accessories includes a geometric contemporary take on the bird nesting box, bee hotels sustainably crafted from fallen trees in Buckinghamshire woodland and captivating copper bird feeders which are sculptural objects in their own right.

Finally, we have a selection of outdoor games to help you take advantage of warmer days.

Corknet table tennis setAkiko petanque setFredericks and Mae Bird kiteChose between a table tennis kit that equips any outdoor table for an impromptu match, a petanque set for a more sedate game of boules or that summer standby – a kite with a bold graphic design.

Whether you wish to get active in the garden or simply sit and bask, our selection is certain to help you make the most of Spring.

Overlap table and benches by TAF ArchitectsView our Spring Living edit in full here.

New contracts project: Duke of York apartments

April 7, 2017 · 0 Comments

Originate Architects Duke of York apartments project

twentytwentyone’s latest Contract project is now featured on our website: the Duke of York apartments building designed by Originate Architects.

Our contracts team was commissioned to specify and supply an extensive range of furniture and lighting to fit out both interior spaces and outdoor terraces in this residential development in London.

Originate Architects Duke of York apartments project

Find further details of the classic and contemporary designs supplied for this project here.

twentytwentyone Contracts’ projects range from residential developments, restaurants, hotels and retail to public buildings such as Tate Modern, the Whitechapel art gallery and the Barbican.

A selection of our recent projects can be viewed here.

twentytwentyone’s March newsletter

March 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Material Immaterial concrete miniature houses

twentytwentyone’s latest newsletter is here, with details of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online, plus details of our Mothers’ Day gift list.

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