Milan Design Week 2019

On April 24, 2019 · 0 Comments

This month the twentytwentyone team made their annual trip to Milan Design Week, attending the world-renowned Salone del Mobile, Euroluce lighting exhibition and various design events held across the city. Here the furniture and lighting industry showcase the latest in cutting-edge design, product launches and new collaborations from around the world.

Preview new works by established and break-through designers in our Milan 2019 photo report.

 

Easter Opening Hours

On April 18, 2019 · 0 Comments

Easter Opening Hours

Upper Street Shop

Good Friday        11am-5pm
Saturday             10am-6pm
Easter Sunday    Closed
Easter Monday   11am-5pm

River Street Showroom

Good Friday        Closed
Saturday             9.30am-5.30pm
Easter Sunday    Closed
Easter Monday   Closed

Normal opening hours resume Tuesday 23rd April at both locations.

Børge Mogensen: The People’s Designer

On April 13, 2019 · 0 Comments

Known as ‘the people’s designer’, Børge Mogensen (1914 – 1972) was instrumental in the forming of the Danish modern movement, creating some of the most influential designs and iconic pieces of furniture of the post-war era. Bringing international recognition to Danish design, his lifework was to craft high-quality, practical furniture within the reach of everyone.

A trained cabinet maker, Mogensen went on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1938-1942) under the tutelage of Kaare Klint. Excelling at ergonomic design and an advocate for pure functionalism, he honed a restrained, pared-back aesthetic that would last for generations, transcending contemporary fads and unnecessary embellishment.

His revolutionary approach to design meant that the consumer no longer had to modify their behaviour in order to use a piece of furniture, but instead that the furniture was adaptable to the user’s needs.

“My goal is to create items that serve people and give them the leading role, instead of forcing them to adapt to the items”

Known for his masterful use of materials, Morgensen was a pioneer of democratic design, not only utilising artisan traditions but adapting designs for industrial production. His refined designs featured clean lines that were easy to reproduce, with a penchant for primitive materials, working with solid oak, natural leather, wool and brass.

Mogensen worked for both Kaare Klint’s and Mogens Koch’s design studios before being hired as the chief designer for the Danish furniture cooperative, FDB (Fællesforeningen for Danmarks Brugsforeninger) in 1942. His team of designers all shared a common desire, to improve the lives of the everyday person through affordable, functional design. The FDB played an instrumental role in raising the profile of Scandinavian design on a global level.

He went on to open his own studio and later became Fredericia’s founding designer in 1955. Taking inspiration from around the world, his uncompromising approach to quality and design built the foundations of Fredericia and continued until his untimely death in 1972.

Prolific, Børge Mogensen left behind him a rich and enduring legacy of furniture design much of which is still in production today, many originals can also be found in leading museums around the world.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of his iconic Spanish Chair, Fredericia launched a special edition in solid oak with a warm olive green saddle leather. After extensive research into the Mogensen archive, the subtle hue was discovered to be one of Mogensen’s favourites and a dominant colour within modern mid-century interiors.

The Special Edition Anniversary Spanish Chair is available to view at our Upper Street shop.

 

twentytwentyone April newsletter

On April 5, 2019 · 0 Comments

April has arrived, as has our monthly newsletter. With the longer days and (hopefully) warmer weather, we embrace the great outdoors with our Spring Living edit and new outdoor furniture. Explore the new hot-galvanised edition of the Palissade collection by the Bouroullec brothers and meet new brand Millican and their sustainable collection of travel backpacks.

To ensure you stay informed on all this and more, subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019

On February 12, 2019 · 0 Comments

Last week twentytwentyone ventured to Stockholm for the annual Furniture Fair, our first design event of the year. It was a great opportunity to discover innovative design and new collections while catching up with some familiar faces.

View some of our highlights below.

 

 

Christmas wish list

On December 7, 2018 · 0 Comments

With Christmas fast approaching, the twentytwentyone team reveal the gifts they would most like to find under their Christmas tree this year.

  

Vanessa
“The Re-engineered Brown Betty is a classic and highly functional teapot with a very interesting history.”
Caro
“The Filos throw offers uplifting golden tones and lambswool softness for those festive film nights!”
Reika
The Blokhope calendar. It’s essential.

 

Hannah
“Fun and a bit dippy, much like some of my favourite people! The Dipping Light adds a nice ambience to any room.”
Jessy
“A fun and quirky way to accessorise your plants. The colour interaction of the cute metallic animals with the leaves are quite beautiful.”
Tony
“Design and engineering at its best, the incredible Line-Us drawing machine is a lot of fun and mesmerising to watch in action.”

  

Sabrina
“Kei Tominaga’s Knot Bangle is simply beautiful, I love the warm gold and the knot symbolising a promise.”
Sophie
“The Mini Elephant Planter has such personality and it will be fun to work out which one of my succulents will look best in it.”
Cliff
“Designed in 1962, this design classic, which looks like a lantern, can finally and actually be used as one, wireless and free!”

 

Craig
A perfect pot for the leftover turkey casseroles, curries and soups.
Esme
“A quirky addition to the dinner table. ‘Tis the Season-ing!”
Joe
“A nice clean book full of nice clean pictures of nice clean buildings. Just don’t use it as an ornament.”

 

Paige
“This new seasonal colour palette from Hella Jongerius is a great way to start or add to a neatly stacking collection of Finnish design classics.”
Lisa
“This 100% merino lambswool throw is essential for those cold, winter nights – note: Pairs well with a glass of mulled wine.”
Gosia
“These concrete-grey clay pots with hand painted whimsical face will add a lot of character to your interior.”

Raph
“Crafted from cast iron, the Crow bottle opener is a handy accessory for festive drinks.”
Laura
“With its light and woody scent, the Ash Candle by Feldspar is the perfect item to set the scene to the warm winter’s night in.”
Annabel
“The Paul Smith Type 75 mini – fun playground colours for your serious, grown-up desk.”

 

Louise
“I love the inky tones of the Atlantic Wakame block print. A refreshing addition to any interior.”
Claire
“These lovely brass planters will cheer up any plants at home this winter!”
Victor
“Handmade, artisan chocolate wrapped in striking packaging designed by independent artists. The perfect stocking filler.”

 

Simon
“Helvetica large, please. The classic Vignelli calendar will guide me through 2019.”
Mette
“It has to be the Aqua Culture vase. It’s an elegant and intriguing way to watch my plants flourish.”
Kathleen
“Each one unique and full of character. Meticulously hand-crafted, the wooden Owl is the perfect winter companion.”

 

If you need further inspiration for the perfect present, view our gift guides here.

 

Line-Us in store demo

On November 22, 2018 · 0 Comments

Join us on Saturday 1st December 11am-2pm for an in-store demo of Line-Us, the internet-connected robotic drawing arm.

Durrell Bishop and Rob Poll, its creators, will be at the shop demonstrating the bots drawing capabilities, their inspiration and its burgeoning creative online community.

The portable device uses a pen to mimic your motions and recreate whatever you’ve drawn on screen.

Powered by a USB battery or power adaptor, it connects to the free Line-Us app via wifi, allowing you to draw, trace and connect with a wider community of Line-Us users.

To learn more about Line-Us, grab your favourite drawing implement, bring your imagination and head to Upper Street to have a go!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Shop Line-Us here.

 

 

Catapults & Key Hooks Making Event

On October 30, 2018 · 0 Comments

Catapults & Key Hooks: Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood

Join us on Saturday for the book launch of Geoffrey Fisher‘s Catapults & Key Hooks: Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood.

Geoffrey will be at our Upper Street store on Sat 3rd Nov between 11am-2pm to show how to use foraged wood to make everyday functional designs. He will also be signing copies of his new book.

Catapults & Key Hooks; Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood

His work is the result of a profound connection with the Buckinghamshire woodlands that surround his studio in High Wycombe. Using traditional woodworking techniques, he crafts wooden trooks into handmade, characterful collections of toys and accessories for the home. Each functional piece utilises its natural form, making it unique.

Catapults & Key Hooks; Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood

Catapults & Key Hooks details how to how to forage responsibly with detailed, illustrated guides on how to recreate his unique and sustainable products. The handbook offers practical advice on the essential toolkit, including how to work safely and to achieve the highest of standards, whether you’re crafting a gift or a new household accessory.

Catapults & Key Hooks: Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood

Catapults & Key Hooks Book Launch
Saturday 3rd November 11am-2pm

twentytwentyone shop
274-275 Upper Street
London
N1 2UA

Catapults & Key Hooks: Everyday objects made from foraged and gathered wood

The Geoffrey Fisher range is available in-store and online.

Lighter Prices

On October 20, 2018 · 0 Comments

Our seasonal lighting promotion returns to coincide with the clocks turning back, running from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November.

Enjoy a 15% discount on orders of classic and contemporary lighting from a selected range of design-led manufacturers.

New Arrivals

As the nights draw in this Autumn, explore a host of new lighting designs in stock and available to order online and in-store.

Whether you’re looking for pendant lighting, table lamps or floor lights, we have a variety of modern and iconic designs to create the desired ambience.

View new lighting here.

 

twentytwentyone’s September Newsletter

On September 5, 2018 · 0 Comments

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twentytwentyone’s September newsletter has arrived, heralding London Design Festival and the new arrivals in-store and online this month, from GamFratesi’s elegantly moulded Silhouette sofa, to Studio Arhoj’s Familia collection of unique, Shinto-inspired ceramic figures.

Also included are details of Edit ’18, an exhibition of innovative and enduring new designs, many of which are seen for the first time in the UK as part of London Design Festival.

To ensure you stay informed on all this and more, subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

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