Apart from its enigmatic name, the most immediately striking feature of the NoEarlyBirds collection is the distinctive tri-form leg that lends this family of contemporary furniture its air of architectural elegance.
This spare base structure provides a dynamic counterpoint to the refined and palette of materials which make up the tables, benches, stools and cabinets of the NoEarlyBirds collection – cool marble, supple leather, mellow brass, sleek black or white laminate and warm oak.
NoEarlyBirds is designed by Per Soderberg, a Swedish designer who trained in Milan. The NoEarlyBirds range evolved when Söderberg needed a table for his office and decided to build one for himself instead of buying an off-the-shelf product.
This prototype subsequently inspired a range of complementary pieces of furniture which are exemplary of contemporary Scandinavian design: profoundly modern in sensibility but utterly timeless.
Despite its polished and luxurious air, ease of assembly and eco-friendly production have been key considerations in the design and manufacture of the collection, which is made in Sweden.
The circular metal fixing that secures the tri-form base to tabletops, bench surfaces and stool leathers is articulated as a positive design feature, available in finishes that blend with the table surface or stand out as a decorative element. But apart from their visual impact, these circular fixings have been designed to make the assembly process swift and simple, using the screw ring provided.
“Being both the designer and the producer,” says Per, “I have a unique perspective on how my design decisions affect the final product. I never feel that I have to compromise, since every decision is made with a holistic approach. Having direct contact with the consumer has been very instructive and has given me a humble approach.”
Barber & Osgerby‘s new collection for Royal Doulton subtley subverts the concept of the high-end tableware range while exemplifying the design and craftsmanship that are intrinsic to this heritage brand.
The word ‘olio’ means a miscellaneous collection of things and the collection is composed from an intriguing palette of materials, textures and colours. Wooden serving platters mingle with a refined colour palette of tactile glazed and unglazed stoneware, all immaculately crafted to maintain their individual identity and integrity while harmoniously combining to form a greater whole.
“The collection is about letting the material show its natural beauty,” say Barber & Osgerby. “For example, we made sure the stoneware pieces were glazed where they need to be but matt where you hold them so you can feel what they are made from.”
Barber & Osgerby were also specifically inspired by Royal Doulton’s early history of manufacturing stoneware, citing the salt-glazed clay pipes the company made during the nineteenth century as a reference for the exposed stoneware used throughout the collection.
“What most of the high-end china brands have relied on until fairly recently is having matching pieces that are all based on one design element, but people don’t necessarily want traditional dinner sets any more,” say Barber & Osgerby.
In response, Olio allows people to build up their own personal collection of tableware – from a single piece to a tabletop-full. These are pieces that will stand alone or sit happily alongside prior possessions, thanks to their timeless design, unique character and exceptional quality.
As Barber and Osgerby note, “the collection is reminiscent of timeless found objects that have their roots in the manmade. We imagine people will use the range in an adhoc way and enjoy combining it with existing pieces.”
The word ‘curate’ is much-used at the moment – some would say over-used. But it seems entirely apt to describe Olio as an invitation to curate your own unique assortment of pieces, on whatever scale you wish.
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Despite its name, the Tired Man chair is a robust and characterful piece of design that is currently enjoying something of a resurgance.
This charismatic and capacious easy chair was designed by Danish architect and designer Flemming Lassen, who submitted it for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition in 1935. Born in 1902, Lassen was at the vanguard of the Danish modern movement, working alongside Arne Jacobsen on projects such as the pioneering House of the Future and Søllerød Town Hall.
But this dedicated follower of the International Style clearly had a softer side, describing his intention to design a chair that would make its occupant feel “as warm and safe as a polar bear cub in the arms of its mother in the middle of the ice cap.”
An immediate success on its initial launch, the Tired Man chair has been consistently recognised as a landmark in modern chair design.
In 2014, a Tired Man chair upholstered in lambskin was sold at auction in Denmark for more than 190,000 euros, becoming the most expensive chair ever sold at auction in that country.
Now, 80 years after it was first designed, the Tired Man has been relaunched by Danish company by Lassen – the family-run company dedicated to preserving the design legacy of Flemming Lassen and his brother Mogens, an equally talented designer.
And in a twist that Flemming Lassen would doubtless appreciate, the reissued Tired Man chair has just been shortlisted in the Comeback of the Year category at the 2015 Danish Design Awards.
Of course, many would argue that this icon of Danish design never really went away.
Storage is a perennial problem in most households, so any shelving system that combines adaptability, flexibility and efficiency with sheer good looks is sure to stand the test of time.
The dk3 Royal System is just such a product. It was designed in 1948 as the world’s first wall-hung furniture system, immediately establishing itself as an exemplary twentieth century shelving system and a landmark in Danish design – and it remains as popular as ever in the present day.
Celebrated Danish designer Poul Cadovius developed the original concept for the Royal System in 1948 as a means of freeing up valuable floor space from ever-increasing clutter.
As Cadovius observed, ‘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.’
Cadovius’s pioneering design was an international success, thanks to its pared back elegance and peerless adaptability.
This modular system of handsome shelves, cupboards and work station units could be configured to suit each unique living environment – and then extended or reconfigured as required to accommodate changes in use.
Now relaunched by Danish manufacturers dk3, the Royal System is made to the same exacting standards that ensured its initial success.
In addition to its classic Scandinavian styling and its flexibility, the Royal System is distinguished by its ease of installation.
twentytwentyone is proud to be a stockist of an enduring classic of modern design and a product that has brought order, efficiency and visual delight to countless living and working spaces over the decades.
The legendary twentytwentyone warehouse sale will take place on Saturday 8th August,
10am – 2pm at the River Street showroom.
Queues expected: arrive early to take your pick of ex-display items, samples and discontinued lines with discounts of up to 85%.
This summer, twentytwentyone’s designer lighting sale includes some genuine icons of classic and contemporary lighting, from pendant lighting to table lamps and outdoor lights – all with significant discounts.
Designed in 1921, the Lampe Gras was conceived by designer Bernard-Albin Gras for use in office and industrial spaces – but its visionary combination of ergonomic design and elemental simplicity has ensured its enduring appeal.
The Lampe Gras range includes wall bracket lights, floor lamps and table lights in a variety of configurations, all with the functional yet elegant aesthetic that is the hallmark of La Lampe Gras. Now reduced by 15% in the lighting sale.
The FollowMe lamp, designed by Inma Bermudez and manufactured by Marset, is a compact and appealing table lamp with a built-in battery. This is rechargable via a USB port, allowing you to take it wherever you go.
A tactile oak handle and a soft but highly effective glow makes this outdoor light the perfect companion for camping or simply sitting out after dark. Its neat polycarbonate shell is equally at home in an interior setting. Now reduced by 15%.
As its name suggests, the Lampe de Marseille was designed in 1949 by Le Corbusier for his ground-breaking experiment in communal living, the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille.
At once dramatically expressive and highly functional, this wall bracket lamp inspired by the industrial lighting of the time is truly a design classic. Available in standard or mini variations, and now reduced by 15%.
Bestlite lighting has been in continuous production since 1930. Designed by Robert Dudley Best (who was strongly influenced by the Bauhaus), Bestlite has long been championed by architects and designers for its handsome and highly efficient industrial styling.
The Bestlite range includes wall bracket lamps, table lamps and floor lamps, all of which are currently available to order at 15% off. Our lighting clearance sale includes a Bestlite BL1 table lamp and a Bestlite BL3 floor lamp available as one-off, ex-display items, now discounted by 25%.
The twentytwentyone clearance sale also includes a range of exceptional ex-display pendant lighting, including some classics of modern design.
Currently available at a one-off discount of 30%, the VP1 Flowerpot pendant lamp was designed by Verner Panton in 1968. Playful yet rigorous, the VP1 captures the spirit of ’68 and remains a timeless icon of lighting design.
Non-display Flowerpot pendants also available to order at 15% off as part of our summer lighting sale.
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The twentytwentyone sale ends on 31 July.
The Royal System is widely recognised both as a benchmark in twentieth century wall shelving design and as an exemplar of midcentury Danish design. Designed in 1948 by Poul Cadovius and recently relaunched by DK3, it consists of a set of standard shelves and desk, drawer and cupboard units which can be combined to create a personalised storage system.
In addition to its typically streamlined Scandinavian styling, the beauty of the Royal System is that it can be reconfigured or extended with ease to adapt to changes in use. It is exclusively available from twentytwentyone and is currently discounted by 15% in the furniture sale.
Another Country is a relatively young design firm but their products are already being heralded as classics of contemporary design. Inspired by both the British and Scandinavian traditions of woodworking, Dining Table One is a refined yet sturdy centrepiece in solid oak, crafted in Europe and currently 15% off in our designer furniture sale.
The CH 24 is the first chair that Hans Wegner designed for esteemed Danish manufacturers Carl Hansen & Son. Also known as ‘the Wishbone Chair’ on account of its elegantly shaped Y-back, the CH 24‘s gracious curves and enduring appeal have ensured its place in the canon of modern chair design.
Equally iconic, though very different, is the DSW Side Chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The original fibreglass version of 1950 was the first industrially manufactured plastic chair; today the DSW Side Chair is licensed to Vitra and is produced in polypropalene.
Immensely popular and much-imitated, this is perhaps the archetype of the modern chair; it is certainly one of the most readily recognisable examples of twentieth-century furniture design. Now available in a range of colours at 15% off in our furniture sale.
The oak unit’s cupboard and drawer fronts have a subtle concave curvature that is enhanced by the play of light, lending an up-to-date twist to an exemplary piece of Danish design which is already a modern classic. Now 15% off in our furniture sale.
Designed in 1957, this is a genuinely timeless piece that sits with ease and integrity in any variety of settings. Available as a coffee table or dining table in a variety of finishes, now reduced by 15% in our furniture sale.
The Penguin Donkey was designed in 1939 by Egon Riss to hold Penguin paperbacks as well as magazines, newspapers and other books. Despite its slightly comical name, this small storage unit has a distinguished pedigree that links it to some of the stellar names in modern design.
It was manufactured by Isokon, the modernist British architectural and design practice established by Jack Pritchard that also employed Bauhaus luminaries Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Now reissued by Isokon Plus, the Penguin Donkey stands as an icon of modernism in its own right. It is now reduced by 15% in our designer furniture sale.
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The twentytwentyone sale ends on 31 July.
twentytwentyone celebrated the launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at its River Street showroom last night.
The company has marked the centenary of Robin Day‘s birth with a very special edition of one of his most iconic designs: the Reclining chair. A select group of ten British Designers have been invited to cover the chair in a fabric of their chosing; the result is a fondly respectful tribute to a designer who continues to inspire and influence, and to a timeless piece of design.
Speaking at the event, Paula Day (daughter of Robin and Lucienne Day and founder of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation) said: “When I first saw the list of designers involved I realised that this would be such a thoughtful response to my father’s work.
The fact that all ten designers instantly agreed to take part says a great deal about their generosity of spirit and their respect both for my father and for twentytwentyone. It is a wonderfully creative compliment to my father and I know he would have loved the fact that ten such distinguished designers are paying tribute to a design that he developed in his 30s.”
Paula Day noted how many of the designers had referenced Day’s love of mountains and outdoor activities in their choice of fabrics for the Reclining chair, saying: “I have been particularly moved to see designers refer to my father’s passions beyond of the world of design. These allusions to the other dimensions that made up the man I knew are very touching.”
Terence Woodgate, pictured above, said of his choice of fabric: “that fact that it is called Outback seems appropriate for a man who enjoyed the wilderness.”
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby revealed that they had been inspired by a photograph which showed Robin Day in his studio with a large panoramic photograph of a mountain range in the background, saying: “the colours we chose for the chair were in direct reference to the greens and greys of those snow-capped mountains.”
Michael Marriot said of his involvement in the Centenary Edition: “It feels a real privilege to be invited to make some small intervention with one of his pieces. My approach was to find something that – while contemporary – was totally at home with the feel of Robin’s chair and that had a similarly distinguished character and poise, like the man himself.”
Paula Day also revealed the unexpected resonance of one particular designer’s choice of fabric. The Mourne fabric selected by Margaret Howell had previously been used by Robin and Lucienne Day to cover another chair that stood in their Cheyne Walk home – Day’s High Wide and Handsome chair, described by Paula Day as “a great hug of a chair.”
The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair is exclusive to twentytwentyone.
All ten chairs are currently on display at the River Street showroom and can be viewed online.