twentytwentyone’s August newsletter

August 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

Stack storage by Raw Edges and Shay Alkalay for Established & Sons

Our August newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and on-line, from a contemporary take on traditional Indian textiles to the progressive British designs produced by Established & Sons.

Also included is a date for your diary as we announce our exhibition for the 2017 London Design Festival.

To ensure you receive all these updates and more, subscribe to twentytwentyone’s monthly newsletter here.

Celebrating plywood

July 20, 2017 · 0 Comments

Alvar Aalto's Paimio chair, on display at the V&A's plywood exhibitionCurrently showing at the V&A, ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ celebrates the incredibly diverse applications of an often overlooked material.

The exhibition explores how plywood has been used to design and construct objects large and small, from architecture and aeroplanes to skateboards and sewing machine covers.


Unsurprisingly, the use of plywood in furniture design forms a significant portion of the show.

An enviable array of chairs, tables and stools are on display, from icons of twentieth-century design to lesser-known but no less fascinating pieces.

Objects from the exhibtion 'Plywood: Material of the Modern World' at the V&A

Inspired by the show, we have compiled our own tribute to plywood, selecting our favourite designs formed using this remarkable material.

Ranging in scale from furniture to homewares, twentytwentyone’s pick of plywood pieces includes modernist icons such as the Paimio chair by Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer‘s Short chair (both of which appear in the V&A exhibition)…

Alvar Aalto, Paimio chairMarcel Breuer, Short chair… to mid-century classics by Charles and Ray Eames and Norman Cherner.

LCW calfskin chair by Charles and Ray EamesCherner armchair by Norman ChernerContemporary designers including Jasper Morrison and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec continue to explore the potential of plywood…

Hal ply tube chair by Jasper Morrison for VitraBelleville chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra… and we couldn’t neglect designs at a slightly smaller scale, such as the Tricorne tray by Robin Day.

Tricorne tray by Robin Day‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ is on at the V&A until November, but you can enjoy our own plywood edit from the comfort of your own home.

New contracts project: Fulham residence

July 12, 2017 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone Contracts project for BTL Property

The latest project by twentytwentyone’s Contracts team is now featured on our website.

twentytwentyone Contracts was commissioned by refurbishment specialists BTL Property to specify and supply a range of furniture and lighting for a Victorian townhouse in Fulham, South London.

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

twentytwentyone Contracts project for BTL Property

twentytwentyone’s Contracts team works on projects ranging 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 July newsletter

July 11, 2017 · 2 Comments


Lundstrom vase, jug and bowl by Nicholai Wiig-Hansen for Raawi

Our July newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and on-line.

Also included are new additions and further reductions to our selection of one-off, ex-display clearance furniture, lighting and accessories currently on offer as part of our Summer sale.

And finally, we announce the date of our much-anticipated 2017 warehouse sale

To ensure you receive all these updates and more, subscribe to twentytwentyone’s monthly newsletter here.

2017 warehouse sale

July 7, 2017 · 0 Comments

queues form at the twentytwentyone warehouse sale

twentytwentyone’s 2017 warehouse sale will take place on Saturday 15th July 2017 at our River Street showroom.

Our keenly-anticipated one-day summer event offers an exceptional opportunity to buy a wide range of classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories at substantial discounts.

Lighting enthusiasts, please note that this year we have considerable stock of ex-display, end-of-line and cancelled orders, ensuring an extensive selection of table, floor, ceiling, wall and pendant designs.

the annual twentytwentyone warehouse sale

Doors open at 10am and queues are expected! The warehouse sale ends at 3pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Day for Flowers exhibition

June 29, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition at River StreetIn celebration of Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, the Day for Flowers exhibition opened at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom on 20th June.

Day for Flowers exhibitionDay for Flowers exhibitionThe exhibition was conceived as a tribute to one of Britain’s most significant and influential textile designers. It also marked the launch of the Lucienne Day Flower Brick.

Lucienne Day centenary edition Flower BrickA limited, numbered edition of Lucienne Day’s 1960s flower brick design has been produced by twentytwentyone to mark Day’s centenary.

Day for Flowers saw a range of creative individuals from the design world present their own tribute to Lucienne Day by using her Flower Brick design to create a unique floral arrangement.

Day for Flowers exhibition The participating designers were Barber & Osgerby, Paula Day, Max Fraser, Suzy Hoodless, Margaret Howell, Philippe Malouin, Alex Mowatt, Nikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood working with Yasuyo Harvey.

The arrangements produced were remarkable for their diversity of form and the variety of flowers and foliage used. Crisply architectural formations stood side by side with abundant displays of colour, texture and shape.

Barber & Osgerby Paula Day Flower Brick arrangementsAbove left: Barber & Osgerby. Above right: Paula Day.

fraser-hoodlessAbove left: Max Fraser. Above right: Suzy Hoodless.

howell-malouinAbove left: Margaret Howell. Above right: Philippe Malouin.

mowat-tibblesAbove right: Alex Mowat. Above left: Nikki Tibbles.

toogood-harveyAbove: Faye Toogood and Yasuyo Harvey.

Paula Day’s arrangement had a particularly personal resonance. Her blooms included cuttings from her mother’s favourite ‘New Dawn’ rose, taken from a plant grown by Lucienne Day but now transplanted to her daughter’s garden.

Day for Flowers exhibition Day for Flowers exhibition openingThe wide variety of effects achieved illustrated the inherent flexibility of this elegantly functional design…

exhib-17Day for Flowers exhibition opening… and of course served as a most fitting tribute to a designer whose enduring works continue to inspire.

Day for Flowers exhibition openingDay for Flowers was on display at our River Street showroom from  21st to 24th June 2017.

If you’ve been inspired by the flower displays above you can purchase your own Flower Brick here.

summer sale newsletter

June 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl for OneCollection

twentytwentyone’s sale newsletter is here, providing all the details of our ongoing summer sale event.

Our sale ends on Sunday 23rd July, but until then you can enjoy 15% off orders of furniture, lighting and rugs from selected manufacturers.

In addition, the newsletter previews just some of the one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting designs which are available to view and purchase in-store with discounts of up to 75%.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

Father’s Day gift ideas at twentytwentyone

June 8, 2017 · 0 Comments

Dad Mug card by Lisa Jones for Father's DayFather’s Day is on Sunday 18th June this year and if you’re still in search of the perfect present our Father’s Day gift list is here to help.

We’ve put together a selection of ideas to delight all tastes and ages, from practical presents with a design-led twist to very special gifts that will show your appreciation for dad.

Pamper your pater familias with our carefully chosen assortment of bathroom products, many of which make ingenious use of natural ingredients.

Haeckels Exfoliating Seaweed soap  Aesop Neroli shaving set  Sasawashi bamboo fibre wash mittAmongst the present ideas we propose are soaps made from seaweed hand-harvested on the Kent coastline or wash mitts woven from Japanese bamboo fibre. Or keep it simple with a Morrocan Neroli infused shaving set.

For the practically minded parent, our selection of handy must-haves includes rainbow-hued hex keys, an essential Swiss Army knife in elegant aluminium, and FORMcard – the all-purpose, meltable and mouldable bioplastic that comes in pocket-sized pieces.

Rainbow Hex keys by Swisstools  Farmer Swiss Army penknife  Formcard by Peter MarigoldWe also have an array of ingenious gadgets and electronic accessories guaranteed to appeal to geek dads. Chose Jasper Morrison’s clean-lined USB charger or Nendo’s solid marble mobile phone stand that also serves as an amplifier.

Or select from a host of classic and contemporary men’s watches, including the award-winning Braun BN0035 chronograph.

USB charger by Jasper Morrison for Punkt  Cone mobile phone holder by Nendo for Marsotto  Braun BN3005 Chronograph men's watchFor fathers who are cycling fans we can suggest the ultimate wall-mounted bike rack or an aluminium water bottle modelled on the classic 1950s cycling canteen.

Alternatively, a classic French Petit Cyclist figurine will help even armchair cyclists act out their Tour-de-France fantasies.

Rene cycle rack by Tomoko Azumi for Zilio  Urban Bottle water bottle  Petit Cyclist by SnowhomeTreat connoisseurs of coffee to a perfectly-designed espresso maker, a tactile horn spoon for scooping coffee grounds, or a hand-crafted creamware mug.

Pina espresso coffee maker by Piero Lissoni for Alessi  Abbeyhorn horn coffee spoon  Charcoal Storm mug by Faye Toogood for 1882 LtdBut if something a little stronger is called for, you may wish to present your dad with a striking contemporary corkscrew, a timeless modern decanter or traditional whiskey stones hewn from Connemara marble.

Shibui O corkscrew  Decanter by Antonio Citterio for Iittala  Irish Whiskey StonesIf further inspiration is called for, you can peruse our Father’s Day gift list in full here.

And don’t forget that all-important card

twentytwentyone’s June newsletter

June 5, 2017 · 0 Comments

Pebble by Michael Kilraine

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

We will shortly be announcing the details of our summer sale, and subscribers to our newsletter are the first to hear all about it.

So sign up for future newsletters here to ensure you are first in the know.

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

May 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

benny's hands

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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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


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



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