Ella Doran’s twentytwentyone collection

October 17, 2017 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone collection tray by Ella Doran in collaboration with twentywentyoneElla Doran‘s new collection of homewares celebrates iconic chair designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and is the result of a collaboration with twentytwentyone.

ella-doran-twentytwentyone-collection-white-rectangular-tray-1The new collection sees Doran’s trademark feel for colour and pattern applied to a selection of chair designs collected by twentywentyone over the years and recorded by photographer Mark Whitfield.

ella-doran-twentytwentyone-collection-mugDating from the 1930s to the present day, these remarkably diverse designs are assembled in a dynamic surface pattern that wraps mugs, trays, placemats and coasters.

As twentytwentyone founder Simon Alderson notes, “Ella’s distinctive eye for pattern and arrangement has transformed the furniture into something closer to a textile print. Whilst individual designs contrast, together they become connected and cohesive.”

ella-doran-twentytwentyone-collection-placemats-coasters-2Each item in the collection offers a snapshot of the ingenuity and creativity that has been applied to the design of this essential piece of domestic furniture.

And to save you reaching for your reference library, the twentytwentyone collection placemat is supplied with a ‘cheat sheet’ that lists the identities, dates and countries of origin for the 50-plus chairs illustrated.

ella-doran-2021-placemat3Ella Doran namechecks twentytwentyone’s ”incredible passion for design,” noting that “It’s a privilege to move from having products stocked in their store to being able to work directly on a project together and having access to this fantastic and museum-worthy collection of chairs.”

the_twentytwentyone_collection_by_ella_doran_web_grandeThe resulting family of homewares is a must for design enthusiasts as well as those who appreciate colour and pattern.

View the twentytwentyone collection in full here.


Lighter Prices is now underway

October 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Vertigo pendant light by Constance Guisset for Petite FritureAs the days shorten and the nights lengthen, our Lighter Prices seasonal promotion is here to lift the spirits and fend off the winter gloom.

To coincide with the clocks turning back and the end of British Summer Time, we are offering a 15% discount on orders of classic and contemporary lighting from selected, design-led manufacturers.

For further inspiration, view the full array of lighting designs presented on our website, from table lamps and floor lighting

table-lampsfloor… to wall and ceiling lights and pendant designs.

wall-light-1pendantIn addition, new designs are to be added to our Clearance Lighting section throughout the promotion, available with exceptional discounts of up to 60%.

Cestita light by Miguel Mila for Santa and ColeLighter Prices runs from Saturday 14th October to Sunday 5th November.

Lighter Prices newsletter

October 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lighthouse table lamp by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Established & SonsAs announced in our latest newsletter, our seasonal lighting promotion is imminent.

Lighter Prices coincides with the clocks going back, marking the end of British Summer Time. To fend off the winter blues, we are offering 15% off orders of selected classic and contemporary lighting from 14th October to 5th November.

We also have a host of new lighting designs in-store and online to inspire you, from dramatic contemporary chandeliers and iconic modernist floor lights….

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 11Parliament floor light by Le Corbusier for Nemo Lighting

… to playful portable rechargeable lights in a variety of hues and classic table lamps with a distinguished design pedigree…

Bicoca rechargeable light by Christophe Mathieu for MarsetPaul Smith edition Type 75 task light for Anglepoise… and much more besides.

You can view the newsletter and our round-up of the latest designs to arrive in-store and online here.

Poul Henningsen PH5 Mini pendant light for Louis PoulsenAnd for further inspiration, view the full array of lighting designs presented on our website.

To ensure you receive first notice of this and all our other sale events, subscribe to our newsletter here.

twentytwentyone’s October newsletter

October 6, 2017 · 0 Comments

Ella Doran 2021 collectionOur October newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online.

This month’s selection ranges from Ella Doran‘s new collection of homewares celebrating iconic chair designs to an exquisitely crafted family of handcarved wooden utensils created by Hope in the Woods - to name but two…

Also included is a date for your diary: our Lighter Prices promotion approaches, offering 15% off selected classic and contemporary lighting.

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

Hope in the Woods

October 5, 2017 · 0 Comments

Hand carved wooden spoons by Hope in the WoodsNew to arrive in-store and online is the Hope in the Woods collection of carved wooden utensils, handcrafted for twentytwentyone by designer and maker Luke Hope.

Although Hope originally studied design, he has only recently returned to this creative path after what he describes as a twenty-year detour. “I was drawn in by the process initially,” he says: “by the feeling of making: of working quietly, slowly, just me and the material. But it’s become much more…”

Luke Hope of Hope in the WoodsHope’s handiwork produces a unique array of elegantly utilitarian wooden tableware distinguished by a compelling tactile quality.

Using a range of woods with subtle grain patterns in contrasting light and dark tones, Hope often works in an improvisational manner, drawing inspiration from the material and the way that light plays with form as it evolves during the making process.

Hand carved wooden spoons by Hope in the WoodsOf his work, Hope says, “I love the calm of the process… working with an organic material, revealing natural form and creating and blending new lines and shape.”

hope-in-woods-blog-2The collection he has created for twentywentyone ranges from slender long-stemmed spoons to robust scoops and serving utensils in richly toned walnut and blond sycamore wood.

All the wood Hope uses is responsibly sourced, whether foraged, recycled, reclaimed or sustainably grown.

Hope in the Woods collection for twentytwentyone

The delicate lines and curves of these designs transform the most rudimentary objects into miniature sculptural forms – as pleasing to hold in the hand as they are to look at.

Hope in the Woods collection for twentytwentyone

“Ultimately,” Hope says, “it’s about being part of the entire process – my relationship with the design, materials, tools and resulting objects and how these then make people feel. Be it an object they use or simply look at, I want people to be drawn into the forms. To stop and think, to feel a sense of wonder and connection.”

Hand carved wooden spoons by Hope in the WoodsView the Hope in the Woods collection for twentytwentyone here.

The Modern House and Michael Anastassiades: Tube chandelier offer

September 29, 2017 · 0 Comments

Tube Chandelier by Michael Anastassaidestwentytwentyone is delighted to announce we have partnered with Michael Anastassiades and The Modern House to offer an exclusive discount of 10% on the Tube chandelier.

This pendant light with sculptural presence offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional chandelier, featuring three slender tubular LED elements held within a minimal framework.

Tube Chandelier by Michael AnastassaidesYou can see the Tube chandelier in the context of the designer’s own home, as profiled on The Modern House Journal.

“The Tube chandelier was the first piece I ever designed,” says Anastassiades, “and came about because I couldn’t find the right light for the double-height space and decided to create something myself.”

Lighting designer Michael AnastassiadesIn order to benefit from the 10% discount, simply subscribe to The Modern House newsletter here.

Full details will be announced in their October issue.

Tube Chandelier by Michael Anastassiades

Poul Cadovius and the Royal System

September 27, 2017 · 0 Comments

Poul Cadovius

On the occasion of Poul Cadovius‘s birthday, we celebrate his enduring contribution to maintaining order in the home: the Royal System.

Born in Frederiksberg on 27th September 1911, Cadovius developed the original concept for the Royal System in 1948 as a means of freeing up valuable floor space from ever-increasing clutter.

Royal System shelving by Poul Cadovius manufactured by DK3

As Cadovius noted: “Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we were to use the walls in the same way we use the floor, we would get more space to live in.”

His ingenious response was a pared-back modular system of upright elements supporting shelves, cupboards and workstation units with an elegantly simple system of hooks and holes.

Hanging system for Royal System shelves

This could be installed with ease in infinite permutations to suit the unique circumstances of each domestic environment – and extended or reconfigured to accommodate changing circumstances over time.

Launched as the world’s first wall-hung shelving system, the Royal System immediately established a benchmark for storage design and was recognised with a gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver at the Milan Triennale.

Contemporary illustrations of the Royal System by Poul Cadovius

This pioneering design went on to enjoy worldwide success, thanks to its elemental simplicity and adaptability – not to mention its handsome appearance.

Now produced by Danish furniture manufacturers DK3, each element of the Royal System is still made to the exacting specification established by Cadovius.

Now in its seventh decade, the Royal System continues to bring a distinctively Danish sense of order to living and working spaces – something to be celebrated along with the birthday of its designer.

Royal System shelving by Poul Cadovius manufactured by DK3

Edit ’17, London Design Festival

September 21, 2017 · 0 Comments

Edit 17 exhibition at twentytwentyone, London Design Festival 2017Our Edit ’17 exhibition for this year’s London Design Festival opened on the evening of Tuesday 19th September, celebrating a diverse selection of classic and contemporary designs.

Edit ’17 marks the UK launch of new works by Michael Anastassiades and Richard Woods/Sebastian Wrong alongside relaunched historical designs by Robin Day and Friso Kramer/Wim Rietveld.

Slatted Bench by Robin Day for twentytwentyoneDesigned in 1954, Robin Day’s Slatted Bench has been reissued by twentytwentyone in a new production licensed by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

This elegantly multifunctional low bench was originally conceived as a modular base for storage cabinets, fulfilling Day’s dictum that “what one needs in today’s small rooms is to see over and under one’s furniture.”

A range of cushions produced for the Slatted Bench by Mourne Textiles - also on display – honour the productive working relationship between Day and Gerd Hay-Edie, textile designer and founder of Mourne Textiles.

Slatted Bench by Robin Day for twentytwentyoneMichael Anastassiades’ Mobile chandelier 13 is an arresting presence in our exhibition space, continuing the designer’s trademark exploration of sculptural forms held in balance.

Mobile 13 chandelier by Michael AnastassiadesThe cursive form of the Mobile chandelier 13 is counterpointed by Anastassiades’ Brass Architectural Collection pendant series.

This refined family of lights distills the pendant to its essential elements, with opaline glass globes in a variety of sizes suspended from a minimal brass rod.

Brass Architectural Collection by Michael Anastassiades, Result chair and Pyramid table and bench by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld for HayEdit ’17 marks the UK launch of Hay’s new production of the Result and Pyramid collection of chairs, tables and benches. These classics of mid-century Dutch design were developed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld for Ahrend in the late 1950s.

Technically innovative, lightweight, durable and adaptable, the Result chair and Pyramid tables and benches were widely used in Netherlands school and university buildings throughout the 1960s and 70s, and have now been reissued by Hay to be enjoyed by a new generation of design enthusiasts.

Result chair and Pyramid table and bench by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld for HayRichard Woods and Sebastian Wrong’s Wrongwoods table for Established & Sons offers a contrasting but no less compelling design approach.

The artist and designer celebrate ten years of collaboration by returning to the first Wrongwoods design they prototyped. Available in the new Palm Springs colourway, the Wrongwoods table sees contemporary art brought into everyday use as a functional piece of furniture.

Wrongwoods Palm Springs table by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong for Established & SonsEdit ’17 is open to the public at our River Street showroom until 24th September, as part of the Islington Design District.

Edit 17 exhibition for London Design Festival 2017

twentytwentyone’s September newsletter

September 1, 2017 · 0 Comments

Achille Castiglioni Libreria Pensile bookcase for Karakter

Our September newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online, from a new throw by Wallace Sewell to the classic and contemporary designs by produced by discerning Danish manufacturer Karakter.

Also included is a date for your diary: Edit ’17 is our exhibition for the 2017 London Design Festival.

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

New contracts project: Barbican foyer, cocktail bar and Frobisher Rooms

September 1, 2017 · 0 Comments

barbican-3twentytwentyone Contracts has worked closely with architects Witherford Watson Mann on the refurbishment of several key public spaces within the Barbican Centre.

twentytwentyone Contracts: Barbican projectThe Contracts team specified and supplied a range of furniture and lighting for the ground floor foyer, the first floor Martini bar overlooking the foyer and lakeside terrace, and the Frobisher Rooms – a suite of meeting rooms and event spaces for conferences and business gatherings.

barbican-2In keeping with the Barbican’s status as a landmark modernist building, the range of furniture and lighting selected includes iconic designs by Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner and Robin Day, alongside contemporary classics by Jasper Morrison.

barbican-1twentytwentyone is delighted to have played a role in the continuing development of one of London’s most significant cultural centres.

twentytwentyone Contracts: Barbican projectView further twentytwentyone Contracts projects here.

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