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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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.
Our in-store summer sale starts on Saturday 27th June. This event is held at both premises and includes one-off ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories with a range of discounts up to 75%.
The sale ends on Friday 31st July.
Nanimarquina rugs are notable for their bold and innovative contemporary designs, but the company is equally remarkable for its socially and environmentally responsible ethos.
Since the 1990s Nanimarquina has outsourced its production to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, enabling it to draw on an unrivalled body of craftsmanship and expertise. Today, each Nanimarquina rug is hand-crafted in community workshops where time-honoured, traditional techniques of weaving and hand-knotting are proven to produce the best possible results in terms of finish, performance and integrity.
In addition to providing secure employment and working conditions for local communities, these workshops maintain respect for and encourage the preservation of traditional artisanal skills. Remarkably, no electricity is used in the manufacture of a Nanimarquina rug.
From start to finish, each product is handmade and finished using tools which have been developed for this purpose over generations.
As part of its respect for the cultures and communities on whose expertise it draws, Nanimarquina is committed to an exacting code of environmental responsibility. The company promotes the use of biodegradable and recycled products and works to eliminate toxic chemicals from the dying and manufacturing processes used to make its rugs.
The company also works closely with a number of charitable organisations dedicated to improving the lives of those who live and work in the areas where rugs are produced. In addition to its involvement with initiatives such as Care & Fair, Nanimarquina donates a percentage of its sales to fund an extensive school-building and education programme for local children.
This unique combination of contemporary design, traditional craftsmanship and global conscience ensures that each Nanimarquina rug is very special indeed. twentytwentyone is proud to stock their striking and exemplary designs.
Our summer sale starts online Saturday 20th June.
We will be offering 15% reductions for orders across furniture, lighting and rugs.
Our in-store sale begins on Saturday 27th June at both premises and includes one-off ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories with a range of discounts up to 75%.
The sale ends on Friday 31st July.
Summer approaches and the great outdoors beckons. twentytwentyone’s collection of design-led, classic and contemporary outdoor accessories is specially selected to help you transform your outdoor space, from seed sets to bee hotels. We’ve chosen 5 designs to inspire you.
1. Water feature
Whether you are watering a few pots or extensive flowerbeds, the Haws long-reach watering can is perfectly balanced so that it can be used full, half-full or empty without placing undue strain on the user. The longer spout ensures a constant watering pressure while the brass rose creates a fine spray that won’t drown plants. A classic piece of functional design and an elegant object in its own right.
2. Instant atmosphere
Firebowls offer an easy way to create a fireside atmosphere in any outdoor space. The Ignis firebowl, designed by VE2 for Skagerak, is light enough to be moved about with ease and placed wherever you wish. The bowl is made of weather-resistant, rust-inhibiting Corten steel, and the legs ensure the device is ideal for use on decking or other surfaces that cannot withstand high temperatures. Its portability makes it perfect for beaches and camping trips and means that ashes can be emptied out in an instant.
3. Shade solutions
Create welcome shade and shelter with the Messina parasol by Skagarek. Its minimal form is reminiscent of Asian sunshades, while the combination of white fabric and wood suggests a maritime look. The fabric shade is teflon-coated to repel water and dirt and the durable meranti wood frame will complement all outdoor spaces.
4. Outdoor games
Outdoors isn’t just for relaxation and contemplation. Corknet by Julian Bond is an ingenious way of transforming any flat surface into a table tennis table. Made from natural cork, this lightweight set is portable and easy to store, making it ideal for holidays as well as homes. For a gentler form of exercise, the Petanque set by Akiko Kuwahata for Skagerak contains a traditional French boules set within a beautifully constructed carrying case.
5. Animal sanctuaries
Add interest to outdoor spaces with ornamental products that encourage wildlife and benefit the eco-system. The Georgian birdhouse by Tomoko Azumi for TNA Design Studio provides an ideal home for blue tits and robins, laser-etched with a Georgian house design and topped by a recycled period roof tile. Geoffrey Fisher’s bee hotels attract solitary bees and are hand-carved from sustainably sourced wood. Both are as pleasing to the eye as they are beneficial to the environment.
Each design is a response to the traditional screen printing technique employed in the making of the bags. Following tests on how the ink laid on the unbleached cotton, the Bouroullecs achieved their desire for strong, graphic designs with a deep textural quality.
The twentytwentyone cloth tote is made from unbleached, fair-trade cotton and is produced in an edition of 1500.
Robin Day was born 100 years ago on May 25, 1915. To mark his centenary, twentytwentyone has collaborated with a select group of designers to compose an editorial of one of Robin’s enduring furniture designs, the Reclining chair, and pay homage to one of Britain’s most gifted and industrious designers.
Day designed the Reclining chair in 1952.
Reflecting on his work half a century later, he considered it to be amongst his most successful products, noting that it was ‘an early design showing a clearly articulated structure. The slim steel rod frame cradles a shaped upholstered unit and timber arms which can also serve as shelves for glasses, etc.’ (Robin Day, 2007)
Now, twentytwentyone has invited ten of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster the Reclining chair in a textile of their choosing.
Each has faced the challenge of choosing a textile that that appeals to their own personal design criteria while resonating with the chair’s original spirit and character – and perhaps also drawing a smile from Robin in the process. The results are an enlightening union of classic and contemporary and a respectful tribute to a great designer.
The Reclining chair Centenary Design Edit will be launched on 1st July with an installation of the ten designs at the twentytwentyone showroom, and will be available to order following the launch. In keeping with Robin’s philosophies, these will not be limited or up-charged, and are priced purely to reflect the cost of the material.
The twentytwentyone initiative forms part of the 2015 Robin Day Centenary Celebrations which will culminate in a number of London Design Festival events, including a Robin Day exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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twentytwentyone is pleased to introduce two games from Pico Pau into their collection. Pico Pao is a workshop with a long history of craftsmanship. It began in 1979 in Lubián, a small Spanish village nestled in the mountains on the border with Portugal. Pico Pao is the name of the local woodpecker who can been seen (and heard) in the valley where the workshop originated.
The workshop began in an old house whose poor inhabitants used their ingenuity to be able to make use of any material they came across to make finely crafted children’s toys. Here were made the first wooden replicas of old-fashioned toys, along with reproductions of old cameras and copies of traditional, pre-industrial looms.
Today Pico Pao is in the process of re-founding the workshop and focusing its activity on designing and perfecting original games. The newer games, which belong to the collection Ludus Ludi, are notable for their lack of rules. The games can be viewed more as exquisite raw materials for experimentation, for the stimulation of abstract thought, for the interpretation of random discovery and for the playful enjoyment of the senses through direct contact with artistic objects.
Las Sillas game consists of 15 schematic and unadorned, almost skeletal chairs. The chairs can be piled up, stacked, left scattered on the floor or grouped into random shapes of difficult equilibrium. El Balacin game is a collection of seemingly arbitrary shapes which can be used for stacking, building and balancing.