CH24 Wishbone chair: 6 for 5 Black Friday promotion from Carl Hansen & Sons

November 27, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Wishbone chair designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949

Carl Hansen and Son have announced a Black Friday Weekend promotion on a true icon of modern Danish furniture design – the CH24 dining chair.

Popularly known as the Wishbone chair, the CH24 was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949. Its distinctive organic curves, comfort, craftsmanship and durability have ensured that it remains an enduring classic.

Detail of the CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Now Carl Hansen & Son are offering customers a sixth chair free with orders of five CH24 chairs placed by Sunday 29th November.

The following finishes will be available on a 1-2 week leadtime: oiled oak/natural cord, soaped oak/natural cord, oak white oil/natural cord, oak painted black/natural cord, beech soap, beech oil, beech painted white and beech painted black.

This leadtime will ensure delivery before Christmas.

In addition, the following finishes will be available on a 4-6 week leadtime: ash white oil, ash soap, walnut oil, beech natural black/papercord.

CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

See the CH24 product page for further details on this exceptional opportunity to acquire a genuine icon of twentieth-century design.

The making of the CH24: a Carl Hansen video.


The perfect Christmas present: twentytwentyone hampers now available

November 20, 2015 · 0 Comments

New: Christmas hampers from twentytwentyoneChristmas is a mere month away, so twentytwentyone has given the traditional Christmas hamper a makeover.

Whether you’re searching for gifts for men or gifts for women, buying for a loved one or dropping heavy hints about your own Christmas wishlist, these perfect Christmas presents are sure to inspire and delight the design-conscious.

The Lucienne Hamper from twentytwentyone

Named after four of our particular design heroes – Lucienne, Henning, Jean and Mies -  the new hampers contain a selection of covetable items chosen to suit the most discerning tastes.

The Henning hamper from twentytwentyone

The Christmas gifts within are both luxurious and enduring, tailored to suit men and women alike. They range from the functional and practical to the deluxe and indulgent and are drawn from some of the world’s leading designers and makers.

The Jean hamper from twentytwentyone

Embracing design classics as well as indulgent treats, each carefully curated assortment is presented within a softly textural basket made from felt derived from recycled PET bottles.

As a finishing touch, the hamper is wrapped in tissue and tied with twentytwentyone ribbon and comes with a complimentary tote bag and festive card.

The Mies hamper from twentytwentyone

The twentytwentyone hamper is launched with a seasonal offer that includes a 10% discount on the full value of each hamper and free nationwide delivery.

The twentytwentyone Christmas hamper

You can find plenty more gift ideas from twentytwentyone in-store and online, including suggestions for her, for him, for children, and for the home.

We also have an extensive range of Christmas stationary and decorations, including greetings cards, gift tags and festive ornaments in a range of classic and contemporary designs.

Lighter Prices ends on Sunday 15th November

November 13, 2015 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone's Lighter Prices promotion

A reminder that our seasonal lighting promotion draws to a close on Sunday 15th November.

Only three days remain to enjoy a 15% discount on classic and contemporary designs in-store and online from a selected range of design-led manufacturers including: &Tradition, Anglepoise, Artemide, Artek, Bocci, Cassina Lighting, Davide Groppi, Flos, Fontana Arte, Ingo Maurer, Lampe Gras, Marset, Menu, Muuto, Oluce, Pandul, Resident, Rubn, Santa & Cole, Secto, Vistosi, Vitra and Wästberg.

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Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in Tokyo

November 11, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair by Margaret Howell featured in the Japanese press

The Reclining Chair is a classic of modern British design – originally created by Robin Day in 1952, re-clothed by Margaret Howell in 2015 and now exhibiting in Tokyo for the first time.

Robin Day Reclining Chair on display in Tokyo

twentytwentyone celebrated the centenary of eminent British designer Robin Day by inviting a select group of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster one of his most iconic furniture designs in a fabric of their own chosing.

Margaret Howell opted to use a classic midcentury Mourne tweed designed by the noted textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie. Further research revealed that Howell’s fabric of choice had in fact been developed by Hay-Edie following a series of meetings with Robin Day.

Moreover, Robin Day’s daughter revealed at twentytwentyone’s launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edit that this particular fabric had been used to cover another chair in Robin and Lucienne Day’s home – the High, Wide and Handsome chair designed by Robin Day in 1958.

Robin Day Reclining Edition chair, upholstered in Margaret Howell's choice of Mourne Emphasize Tweed

Margaret Howell’s tribute to Day can currently be seen on display in Tokyo, where it forms part of an exhibition of classic and contemporary furniture and household goods selected by the designer.

The exhibition of household goods selected by Margaret Howell, currently on display in Tokyo

Sitting alongside other timeless designs from Ercol, Anglepoise, Mourne Textiles and Robert Welch, the Centenary Edition Reclining chair attests to the discerning eye of Margaret Howell as well as the enduring vision of Robin Day.

Above all, it stands as a respectful and resonant tribute from one designer to another.

Margaret Howell's homewares display, including the Centenary Edition Reclining chair

twentytwentyone November newsletter

November 5, 2015 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Christmas hamper from twentytwentyone

The twentytwentyone November newsletter is here.

It contains details of the launch of our new Christmas hampers, plus a selection of design-led, classic and contemporary gift ideas to whet your appetite for Christmas…

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Wrap up well for winter

November 3, 2015 · 0 Comments


The clocks have gone back, the leaves are starting to fall and the sofa beckons. Fortunately, twentytwentyone have an array of throws, blankets and fleeces - ranging from contemporary textiles to mid-century designs – that will lend warmth, comfort and visual interest to your soft furnishings.

Woven Tweed throw designed by Gerd Hay Edie and made by Mourne Textiles

Recently profiled in The Guardian, Mourne Textiles is a family-run business based in Northern Ireland with distinguished design pedigree. Mourne was founded in the 1950s by celebrated textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie, whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

In the present day, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to bring these classic mid-century designs back into production while remaining faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

A range of Mourne Tweeds designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s

Mourne’s range of throws, blankets and cushions are handmade at the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland, situated in the foothills of the Mourne mountains in County Down.

At once refined and rustic, their unique texture and tones are at home in the most minimal of decorative schemes as well as more traditional interiors.

Tweed Emphasize charcoal grey throw by Mourne Textiles

By contrast, Wallace Sewell is a London and Dorset-based woven textile design studio established in the 1990s by RCA graduates Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell.

Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Designed on hand-looms in London and Dorset and produced at a family-run mill in Lancashire, Wallace Sewell’s designs are distinguished by their original use of colour and yarn structures.

These richly intricate woven throws feature geometric blocks of colour which appear to blur and dissolve into each other, appearing striking from a distance and equally fascinating in detail.

A detail of the intricate and richly coloured Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Finally, for those who prefer their wool in its original form, twentytwentyone has a range of natural sheepskin fleeces.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

The habit of placing a fleece on a streamlined contemporary sofa or chair is a staple of modernist interiors, and architects and designers as disparate as Alvar Aalto and Eileen Grey have delighted in creating contrast – and enhancing comfort – in this way.

A sheepskin fleece placed on the Colonial chair designed by Ole Wanscher for Carl Hansen

Using fleeces obtained from a range of rare British breeds, twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins come from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries.

Produced using environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone, and perfectly suited to being casually slung over your vintage DAR or nestling in your Flag Halyard chair.

Hans Wegner's Flag Halyard chair is designed to embrace a sheepskin fleece.

twentytwentyone lighter prices newsletter

October 23, 2015 · 0 Comments

Lighter Prices Newsletter

Lighter prices at twentytwentyone newsletter is here.

15% off selected classic and contemporary lighting.

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Hans Wegner and the pursuit of the “good chair”

October 12, 2015 · 0 Comments

Hans Wegner is one of a handful of designers who helped to define modern Danish design.

In a career spanning more than seven decades, Wegner worked quietly and consistently on a remarkable range of designs that were to transform the domestic aesthetic and become coveted classics.

Hans Wegner at work

Above all, Wegner was a master craftsman with a keen understanding of the properties and potential of natural materials. He was apprenticed to a carpenter at the age of 17 before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and subsequently training as an architect, and throughout his career he would sketch, model and then hand-build the prototypes for his designs.

Designed in 1957, the CH 33 chair exemplifies Wegner’s profound appreciation of wood as well as his consideration for the end user. This exceptionally light, comfortable and stable chair has a rounded, organic form that gently embraces the sitter.

The CH33 chair, designed by Wegner in 1957.

“A chair is to have no backside,” Wegner pronounced: “It should be beautiful from all sides and angles.”

The CH 33 fulfills this design criteria while elegantly expressing the innate qualities of the materials and the processes used in its production. The legs and cross pieces are broadest where they support load-bearing joints and fluidly taper where the distribution of weight allows.

The visible joints where the backrest fixes to the back legs are another Wegner hallmark – a small but emphatic detail that celebrates the skill and craft involved in making this chair.

The Anniversary edition of the CH33, produced by Carl Hansen

Wegner described the evolution of the “Danish style” as “a continuous process of purification, and of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest.”

The CH 33 represents a key point in this pursuit of purity and simplicity of form while its distinct sculptural qualities anticipate Wegner’s more expressive works of the 1960s, such as the CH 07.

The CH07 chair designed by Hans Wegner and reissued by Carl Hansen to commemorate the centenary of his birth in 2014

Unsurprising then, that when Carl Hansen & Son celebrated the anniversary of Wegners birth in 2014, they did so by releasing a special edition of the CH 33 in oak and walnut.

The Anniversary CH 33 pays homage to Wegner’s fondness for mixing different woods in his designs. The combination of light and dark wood also serves to highlight the chair’s physical construction and gracefully emphasises the craftmanship that was central to Wegner’s design philosophy.

The CH33 designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

The ideal chair, Wegner mused with characteristic modesty, “does not exist. The good chair is a task one is never completely done with.” As a result, Wegner designed over 500 chairs in the course of his career.

When asked what his other interests were, his daughter Marianne (who was to take over his studio when Wegner retired in the 1990s) laughingly replied: “Apart from furniture? None.”

Hans Wegner photographed with a small number of the chairs he designed.

Carl Hansen & Son is currently offering a special promotion on a selection of chairs designed by Wegner – including the CH 33. Until 11th December, customers will be able to order five chairs and receive a sixth chair free.

This offer extends to the following models: CH 20, CH 29, CH 33, CH 36, CH 37, CH 46, CH 47 and CH 88, and includes all available finishes.

The ideal chair may remain an elusive ideal, but Wegner’s legacy leaves us with very many, very good chairs to chose from.

Lighting launches at twentytwentyone for London Design Festival

September 25, 2015 · 0 Comments


twentytwentyone hosted two separate events during London Design Festival, each launching new lighting ranges by some of the UK’s foremost designers.

Hotaru by Barber & Osgerby on display at twentytwentyone's River Street showrooom

On 22nd September, twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom held a special preview of Hotaru, the new range of lighting designed by Barber & Osgerby in collaboration with twentytwentyone.

Named after the Japanese word for firefly, the Hotaru range is inspired by Barber & Osgerby’s appreciation of the history and craft of Japanese paper lantern making.

The collection is manufactured by Ozeki & Co Ltd, a celebrated Japanese company dedicated to making paper lanterns since 1891. Each lantern is constructed using traditional techniques and materials, with translucent Mulberry bark washi paper stretched over a bamboo structure that describes a bold contemporary form.

Hotaru by Barber & Osgerby on display at twentytwentyone's River Street showrooom

Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby said, “We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Japanese paper lanterns and have often talked about designing them. In 2012, while Edward was travelling through central Japan he visited Ozeki, the famous paper lantern manufacturer, to learn more about the craft. After a conversation with the owner of the family-run business this project was born.”

The launch of Hotaru, designed by Barber & Osgerby

On the same evening, twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop hosted the launch of the innovative w152 Busby lighting range, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility for Swedish lighting manufacturers Wästberg.

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

The w152 Busby light is a source of both light and power. Each unit has three 3A USB outlets integrated into its base and incorporates an intelligent power management and device detection system.

As a result, it is able to charge computers, phones or other devices at the fastest rate required, regardless of the number of devices plugged in.

w152 Busby by Industrial Facility for Wastberg

Kim Colin and Sam Hecht describe w152 Busby as “a chance to establish new possibilities for the meeting point between light and electronics.” They continue: “This is not a story about gadgetry (regardless of technical achievements), but rather an affirmation about how we live – that wherever light is supplied, power is often also required to charge our burgeoning electronic devices.”

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

The w152 Busby range was displayed for LDF 2015 in an installation specially designed by Industrial Facility for the event.

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

Both lighting ranges are on display at twentytwentyone for the duration of London Design Festival and are available to buy in store and online.

Autumn promotion on Hans Wegner chairs for Carl Hansen & Son

September 14, 2015 · 0 Comments

CH 88 chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen & Son is currently offering a special promotion on a series of iconic chairs designed by Hans Wegner, one of the foremost Danish designers of the modern period.

The offer extends to the following models: CH20, CH29, CH33, CH36, CH37, CH46, CH47 and CH88, and includes all available finishes.

CH 36 chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen

From 14th September until 11th December, customers ordering five chairs in the participating ranges will receive a sixth chair free.

An exceptional opportunity to acquire a set of classic twentieth century chairs at an equally exceptional price…

CH 33 chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen


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