Carl Hansen weaving demonstration for London Craft Week

On April 26, 2017 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

A date for your diary: as part of London Craft Week, our Upper Street shop will be hosting a live weaving demonstration courtesy of Carl Hansen and Son.

Benny Hammer Larsen, Carl Hansen and Son’s master weaver, will be setting to work in-store to showcase the highly skilled paper cord weaving technique used in the production of each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Benny visited us last year, when he worked on the paper cord seat of the CH22 lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner. This year he will be weaving the seat of a different but no less illustrious Wegner design: the CH23 dining chair.

Designed at the same time as the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair, the CH23 was one of the first four chairs that Wegner designed for the renowned Swedish furniture manufacturer.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Relaunched by Carl Hansen at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair after five decades out of production, the CH23 has an intricate double-woven paper cord seat that requires considerable experience and skill to produce.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Benny will be craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 6th May.

So whether you’re interested in modern design or simply intrigued to watch a master craftsman at work, do join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the expertise and heritage that goes into making each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Special edition CH24 in elm

On April 21, 2017 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

Popularly known as the Wishbone chair, the CH24 was one of the first chair designs that Hans J Wegner created for Carl Hansen & Son.

It has been in continuous production since 1950 and remains one of the most immediately recognisable and widely loved designs of the twentieth century.

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

In 2017 Carl Hansen is marking Wegner’s birthday by issuing a special edition CH24 in elm wood – the first time that the remarkable chair has been produced in this distinctively toned and beautifully grained wood.

With an oiled finish and a natural paper cord seat, the finishing touch is provided by laser-engraving Wegner’s signature and date of birth on the inside of the chair frame.

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The special edition elm Wishbone chair is available for a limited period only and must be ordered by 27th April 2017.

We currently have a set of six elm CH24 chairs on display at our River Street showroom.

Carl Hansen & Son special edition elm Ch24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner

View the special edition elm CH24 chair on our website here. Or visit our showroom to experience this very special chair for yourself.

2017 Milan Furniture Fair

On April 15, 2017 · 0 Comments

Milan furniture fair 2017

twentytwentyone’s team made their annual pilgrimage to the world’s foremost design event and have returned inspired by the wealth of creative ingenuity on display.

Gain a glimpse of a new works by established and up-and-coming designers in our pictorial survey of Milan 2017.

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New contracts project: Duke of York apartments

On April 7, 2017 · 0 Comments

Originate Architects Duke of York apartments project

twentytwentyone’s latest Contract project is now featured on our website: the Duke of York apartments building designed by Originate Architects.

Our contracts team was commissioned to specify and supply an extensive range of furniture and lighting to fit out both interior spaces and outdoor terraces in this residential development in London.

Originate Architects Duke of York apartments project

Find further details of the classic and contemporary designs supplied for this project here.

twentytwentyone Contracts’ projects range from residential developments, restaurants, hotels and retail to public buildings such as Tate Modern, the Whitechapel art gallery and the Barbican.

A selection of our recent projects can be viewed here.

Finn Juhl: a master of Danish design

On February 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

Danish designer Finn Juhl

The architect, interior and furniture designer Finn Juhl (1912 – 1989) is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Danish design and is widely credited with having popularised Danish design in America.

Born in Copenhagen, Juhl trained as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked at Vilhelm Lauritzen‘s architectural practice before founding his own design practice in 1945.

Finn Juhl France chairJuhl took on a rich variety of interior, exhibition and product designs throughout his career, with clients ranging from Georg Jensen to SAS airlines.

Today, however, he is perhaps best known for the furniture he designed from the late 1930s onwards.

Interior with furniture designed by Finn Juhl

Interior with Finn Juhl furniture

Featuring curvaceous organic forms and chair seats and backs which appear to float within a frame, Juhl’s charismatic designs were initially considered highly radical.

The complexity of their form and construction also required exacting levels of craftstmanship; Juhl was notorious for testing the boundaries of what could be achieved with his favoured material of teak wood.

Chieftain chair by Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl France chair

During the 1950s Juhl’s designs were exhibited in America where they were enthusiastically received. Juhl was subsequently commissioned to design a refrigerator for General Electric as well as glassware, ceramics and furniture for other US companies.

Perhaps his most prestigious commision, however, was to design the interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters building in New York (undertaken 1950-52).

The UN Council Chamber interior designed by Finn JuhlJuhl’s profile has been somewhat eclipsed in recent years by his peers Hans Wegner and Borge Mogensen, but there is a clear resurgence of interest in his charismatic and timeless designs.

Danish furniture company Onecollection now produces an extensive range of Finn Juhl’s classic furniture, combining modern technology with traditional craftsmanship to meet the exacting standards specified by the designer.

46 chair by Finn Juhl for OnecollectionOnecollection’s association with the estate of Finn Juhl originated when Juhl’s widow contacted the company and asked for their help in reproducing his Model 57 sofa.

57 sofa by Finn Juhl for Onecollection“One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects,” Juhl is famed for noting, “but one can spoil quite a lot of happiness with bad ones”.

Without wishing to contradict a master designer, we would argue that Finn Juhl’s furniture does instill joy in the hearts of those who appreciate enduring designs.

The Poet sofa and France chair by Finn Juhl for Onecollection are currently available to view and purchase at our River Street showroom.

Finn Juhl Poet sofa and France chairView the range of designs by Finn Juhl produced under license by Onecollection here.

Finn Juhl, vintage portrait

twentytwentyone sale – final reductions

On January 26, 2017 · 0 Comments

Peggy SP9 pendant light by Hangar Design Group for Vistosi

twentytwentyone’s latest newsletter is here, with details of extensive final reductions in our January clearance sale of one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting.

Our sale ends on Sunday 29th January, but until then you can can enjoy 15% off orders of selected classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories.

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twentytwentyone January newsletter

On January 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster

twentytwentyone’s January newsletter is here, with news of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online.

Included are details of Lucienne Day’s centenary celebrations, taking place throughout 2017, plus details of new additions to our January clearance sale of furniture, lighting and accessories.

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twentytwentyone winter sale newsletter

On December 31, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone's winter sale is now on

Our latest newsletter is here, with details of our winter sale now underway.

Enjoy 15% off selected furniture and lighting ordered online and in-store for the duration of the sale.

Also available to view and purchase at our shop and showroom, a wide selection of one-off, ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories with discounts of up to 75%.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

Winter sale preview

On December 26, 2016 · 0 Comments

Handcarved wooden Robins by Mikael Nilsson

Early birds take note: our latest newsletter includes all dates and details of our upcoming winter sale, beginning online on 26th December.

Also included is a preview of just some of the one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting that will be available to purchase at our shop and showroom from 31st December onwards.

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‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ at Margaret Howell

On October 14, 2016 · 0 Comments

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair on display as part of the exhibition 'Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver' at Margaret Howell

A Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair loaned by twentytwentyone is currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.

Upholstered in a classic tweed woven by Mourne Textiles and designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s, the chair forms part of the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ which opened with a private view on 12th October.

Gerd Hay-Edie
Norwegian-born Gerd Hay-Edie (1909-1997) was an influential textile designer whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

After settling in Ireland in the 1950s, Hay-Edie founded a hand-weaving workshop after failing to find a suitable means of production for the textiles she was designing at the time.

Today, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to ensure her classic mid-century designs remain in production while staying entirely faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

Mourne Textiles' workshop in Ireland

Hay-Edie produced several textile designs for specifically for Robin Day, and her Blazer Mourne tweed was used to cover a High, Wide and Handsome chair in the Days’ own home.

It was particularly apposite, therefore, that this was the fabric chosen by Margaret Howell when she was invited to upholster a Robin Day Reclining Chair as part of twentytwentyone’s celebration of Robin Day’s Centenary.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair

Celebrating the vision and expertise of two significant forces in mid-century British design, the Margaret Howell Centenary Edition Reclining Chair takes its place in the exhibition alongside other other examples of Hay-Edie’s work and a loom from Mourne Textile’s studio.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in situ(Photo courtesy of: Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation)

The exhibition is on display at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, until Sunday 30th October.

View the Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair here.

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