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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Lucienne Day centenary

On January 6, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Day

Born on 5th January 1917, Lucienne Day was Britain’s most distinguished textile designer of the 20th century, esteemed for her acute understanding of pattern, colour and scale and her significant role in popularising modern design in Great Britain from the 1940s onwards.

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has organised a programme of events and exhibitions to mark the centenary of such a prolific, progressive and influential designer, launched on what would have been Lucienne’s 100th birthday.

Lucienne_Day_100_GIFThe centenary is also commemorated with the poster Lucienne Day 100 Designs. Designed by Studio Fernando Gutierrez, the poster forms a companion piece to Robin Day 100 Designs, similarly issued to mark the centenary of Lucienne Day’s husband and fellow designer.

Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster

The new poster features previously unpublished images of Lucienne Day’s work as well as portraits from the Foundation’s Lucienne Day photograph archive, providing a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s foremost designers.

It is a testament to the enduring nature of Lucienne Day’s designs that many remain in production, more than half a century after their inception.

In 2003 a selection of Day’s printed textiles from the 1950s were reissued by Classic Textiles, including perhaps her most well-known design, Calyx.

Calyx fabric designed by Lucienne Day

Originally designed for Heals in 1951, Calyx was exhibited at the Festival of Great Britain Homes and Gardens Pavilion, hanging in a modern dining room setting designed by Robin Day.

It went on to win the Milan Triennale gold medal and the American Institute of Decorator’s international design award (the latter a first for any British designer).

Lucienne Day OBE, 1917-2010In the present day, digital printing techniques ensure that Calyx and its companion fabrics remain faithful both to the integrity of the original designs and to Day’s longstanding conviction that good design should be available to all.

As the designer observed, ”I went into industrial design because I wanted people to have good things at a reasonable price.”

twentytwentyone hosted the exhibition Lucienne Day Classic Textiles in 2003 to celebrate the launch of the reissued textiles collection.

Lucienne Day Classic Textiles exhibition at twentytwentyone, 2003

On a smaller scale – but no less appealing, are Lucienne Day’s tea towels. These witty and timeless designs printed on linen were first created in the late 1950s for  Thomas Somerset.

Lucienne Day tea towels

Now reissued and perennially popular, they are just as likely to end up framed and hung on a wall as put to work in the kitchen.

Lucienne Day Black Leaf tea towel

twentytwentyone is honoured to participate in the celebration of a designer whose work was profoundly influential in its own time while continuing to delight and inspire in the present day.

Full details of the events planned over the year can be found here.

All archive images are courtesy of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

Christmas decorations at twentytwentyone

On December 4, 2016 · 0 Comments

Christmas decorations at twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s festive offering this year includes a host of Christmas decorations certain to delight the design-conscious.

Our selection of seasonal accessories ranges from traditional ornaments with a distinctly Scandivian air to modern and minimal designs that capture contemporary Christmas spirit.

Christmas tree decorations at twentytwentyone

The Christmas tree is a good place to start. Leise Abrahamsen’s Winterland tree (above left)  is laser-cut from smoked oak with a modern graphic design to make a charming ornament or table centrepiece.

Lovi’s 3D Christmas trees made of Finnish spruce (above right) look equally striking as they are or festooned with miniature decorations. And since they come flat-packed for self-assembly, the smaller size tree doubles as a ingenious Christmas card.

Chrstmas decorations at twentytwentyone

Equally essential at this time of year, we have stars and snowflakes in abundance.

Our selection of Christmas decorations includes pristine stars and snowflakes in a range of shapes and sizes, from traditional Danish snow-white papercraft decorations

Christmas decorations at twentytwentyone… to minimal crystalline forms crafted from brass and smoked oak:

Christmas decorations at twentytwentyone

Similarly, our choice of ornaments for your Christmas tree embraces the traditional and the modern, from classic baubles with illustrations by Swedish children’s book author Elsa Beskow (below left) to modern papercraft baubles by Danish designer Josefine Bentzen (below right).

Christmas baubles at twentytwentyone

Finally, no Christmas would be complete without a robin and twentytwentyone’s seasonal selection includes this festive favourite in two very different handcrafted forms.

Mikael Nilsson’s wooden robins are carved from limewood using an axe and knife and then hand-stained, ensuring each one is uniquely characterful.

While Lisa Jones’ charming robin Christmas decoration is laser-cut from birch ply, dip-dyed and supplied flat for you to assemble or send to a friend.

Robin Christmas decorations at twentytwentyone

For further inspiration on decking the halls, view our entire range of classic and contemporary Christmas decorations here.

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Classic and contemporary Christmas cards

On November 25, 2016 · 0 Comments

Reindeer Christmas card by Lisa Jones

twentytwentyone’s range of Christmas stationery includes a choice selection of Christmas cards to suit all tastes and festive requirements.

The traditional festive contenders are well represented, as witnessed by Lisa Jones’ cheery greetings card featuring reindeer (above), robins (below left) and Santa (below right).

Robin and Santa face Christmas cards by Lisa Jones

Also present are contemporary graphic interpretations of festive regulars such as Christmas trees and baubles: Paul Farrell’s King Tree card (below left) and Cut and Make’s Red Bauble card (below right) with cut out detailing that can be folded to create a variety of visual effects.

Paul Farrell King Tree and Cut and Make Red Bauble cards

Still seasonal but perhaps less traditional are Esme Winter’s Blue Dancers card (below left) and Stefi Orazi’s Modernist London Winter greetings cards (below right) which recast the traditional Christmas snow scene with six modernist London landmarks.

Esme Winter Blue Dancer card and Stefi Orazi Modernist Winter card

Some of our cards double as decorations, making them a gift in themselves.

Both Lovi’s Christmas Tree postcard and the Robin Christmas decoration by Lisa Jones come flat-packed for ease of sending. Once received, they can be assembled to make delightful and striking festive ornaments.

Lovi Tree postcard and Lisa Jones Robin decoration

Finally, for those who receive as well as send Christmas cards, a letter opener is a seasonal essential.

Enzo Mari’s refined Ameland paper knife is a perfectly balanced, elegant and functional desk accessory that is a delight to use, all year round.

Enzo Mari Ameland letter opener for Danese

View our full range of seasonal stationery here.

twentytwentyone November newsletter

On November 24, 2016 · 0 Comments

Nathalie du Pasquier limited edition prints for The Wrong Shoptwentytwentyone’s second November newsletter is here, with news of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online.

Also featured are details of our later opening hours for Christmas shopping, plus our online gift guides to inspire and assist with your present buying.

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Candles to create festive atmosphere

On November 11, 2016 · 0 Comments

Ildhane candleholder by Anderssen Voll

Few things are as atmospheric and instantly inviting as candlelight. A time-honoured way of creating a special ambience, candles come into their own at this time of year and bring a sense of occasion and warmth to festive gatherings.

Ildhane candleholder and glo tea light holder by Anderssen Voll

twentytwentyone’s collection of candle holders, sconces, scented candles and incense offers all you need to help create an air of seasonal celebration in the home.

For Christmas 2015 twentytwentyone was able to exclusively offer the Idlhane candlestick by Anderssen Voll (shown above), an appealingly bird-like and sculptural cast-iron candle holder.

For Christmas 2016 the designers have followed the success of Idlhane with Glo, a tactile tea light holder (below left).

Glo tealight holder by Anderssen Voll and Moment candle holder by Lars Fjetland

Lars Fjetland’s Moment candlestick (above right) has a similarly functional and expressive form.

The ingenious design has a spring-loaded arm that flips down to extinguish the flame when the candle burns past a certain point, making it both safe and easy to clean.

Cafu candlesticks by  Holmbäck Nordentoft and Nappula candlestick by Matti Klenell

If more refined materials are called for, Holmbäck Nordentoft’s Cafu candle holders (above left) and Matti Klenell’s Nappula candlestick (above right) combine smoothly sculptural forms with mirror-polished stainless steel and brass. Ideal as centrepieces for your table or as decorative objects in their own right.

The Lily Candlestick (below) is a classic of Scandinavian design, conceived by Ivar Alenius Bjork in 1939 and enduringly popular in the present day.

Lily candlestick by Ivar Alenius Bjork

By contrast, wall-mounted candle sconces are a striking way of introducing candlelight to the home.

Pierre Forsell’s sconces have a precise elegance that reflects the Swedish designer’s training as a silversmith. Designed in the 1950s, they exemplify the timeless qualities of classic Swedish design.

Reflex and Pendel wall sconces by Pierre Forsell

Reflex (above left) and Pendel (above right) refine the traditional light source into a sleek ornament that brings a fascinating play of reflected light and shade to interior spaces.

Scented candles offer a further enhancement of the atmospheric effect of candlelight and twentytwentyone’s selection includes examples that capture the character of two very different parts of the world.

Scented scandles from Skandinavisk and Haeckels

Danish company Skandinavisk’s candles are perfumed to evoke the landscape and culture of Scandinavia, with a range of fragrances evoking pine forests, fjords and that most Hygge of occasions, Christmas.

Margate-based brand Haeckels are inspired by a very different landscape: the Kent coastline. Their scented candles capture the essence of a bracing coastal walk through salt marshes sheltering sea birds, wild fennel and lavender.

Finally, there’s no reason why your box of matches should let the side down.

Strike matches and Lup candlestick by Shane Schneck

Shane Schneck’s Strike matches (shown above with his copper wire Lup candlestick) look as appealing as the candles they light, with their simple coloured boxes decorated with a patterned striking strip.

For further inspiration, view twentytwentyone’s range of candles, candle holders, scented candles and incense here.

twentytwentyone November newsletter

On November 5, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone Pierre hamper

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

Also featured are a selection of gift ideas as Christmas shopping commences, plus two new additions to our family of highly covetable  Christmas hampers.

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New calendars for the new year

On November 4, 2016 · 0 Comments

Madison Graphic's year planner for Dam Prints

2017 is merely months away, but twentytwentyone’s collection of calendars will stand you in good stead for the new year.

Our selection ranges from contemporary designs such as Maddison Graphic’s 2017 year planner (above) to calendars which have achieved the status of genuine design icons – such as Massimo Vignelli’s Stendig calendar (below).

Designed in 1966, Stendig’s simple and timeless design has been a firm favourite with the design-conscious for more than half a century and is the only calendar in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Stendig calendar by Massimo Vignelli

Once removed from the calendar, Stendig’s monthly pages with their alternating black and white Helvetica font can be used as wrapping paper – many people find them simply too good to throw away.

Enzo Mari’s Timor desk calendar is another design classic, designed in 1967 and originally inspired by Italian railway signage. Standing on a base pressed from a single piece of plastic, a series of cards indicating month, day and date can be rotated to represent the correct date.

Timor calendar by Enzo Mari for Danese

Equally iconic in their own way are two other perpetual calendars stocked by twentytwentyone. In contrast to his year-specific Stendig, Massimo Vignelli’s Max 365 (below left) is a perpetual calendar consisting of a single date printed on a succession of heavy-duty card sheets.

Perpetual calendars at twentytwentyone

Jean Pierre Vitrac’s Imbroglio calendar (above right, and available in wall and desk versions) consists of a powder-coated steel panel with a magnetic cursor that can be moved to indicate the correct date.

However, if you prefer your year to be more precisely mapped out, Blokhope’s 2017 calendar (below) offers a traditional month-to-a-page format sharply printed in fluoro red ink.

2017 Blokhope calendar

Get set for 2017 and view our full selection of calendars (along with other seasonal accessories) here.

Winter woollens

On October 26, 2016 · 0 Comments

Eleanor Pritchard Sourdough throw

Throws and blankets come into their own at this time of year, whether draped over sofas and lounge chairs or layered on beds.

twentytwentyone’s choice selection of classic and contemporary woollen rugs and cushions will bring softness, colour and textural contrast to your home – while helping to fend off the winter chills.

Sourdough wool throw by Eleanor Pritchard

Eleanor Pritchard‘s woven wool throws and cushions are rooted in an appreciation of mid-century textile design while remaining distinctly modern in appearance. All Pritchard’s designs are hand-woven on traditional ‘dobcross’ shuttle looms at a small mill in West Wales.

The Sourdough throw (above) and cushion (below) are woven from a yarn that blends the wool of Welsh mountain, Jacob and Suffolk lowland sheep.

Rustic in texture (much like the bread after which it is named) yet graphic in pattern and colouring, the Sourdough range marries wool-working craft and heritage with a very modern sensibility.

Sourdough cushion by Eleanor Pritchard

View the full range of Eleanor Pritchard’s designs at twentytwentyone here.

By contrast, Wallace Sewell have drawn inspiration for their new bespoke collection of woollen throws and cushions from the richly coloured, geometric paintings of contemporary artist Chung Eun Mo.

Lloyd throws and cushions by Wallace Sewell, exclusively for twentytwentyone

Designers Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell are well known for their striking use of colour intricately arrayed in geometric blocks, and the new collection they have designed exclusively for twentytwentyone is no exception.

Lloyd (above) and River (below) combine bold and subtle shades woven in softest 100% lambswool to create a family of throws and cushions that will both compliment and provide contrast with any interior.

River throws and cushions by Wallace Sewell, exclusive to twentytwentyone

View Wallace Sewell designs at twentytwentyone here.

Mourne Textiles produces woven fabrics of exceptional design and quality using the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland.

The company was originally founded by Norwegian designer Gerd Hay-Edie whose distinctive textiles were used as upholstery fabrics by, amongst others, Robin Day, Gordon Russell, Conran and Liberty.

Tweed throws and cushions by Mourne Textiles

Hay-Edie’s work and influence is currently celebrated in the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’, currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.

The exhibition features a Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair, loaned by twentytwentyone and upholstered in Hay-Edie’s Blazer tweed.

Mourne Textiles woollen blanket

Hay-Edie’s classic mid-century tweeds are still available in a range of richly textural, monochrome blankets and cushions woven from a ‘wild’ spun yarn from Donegal.

View all Mourne Textiles woven cushions and throws at twentytwentyone here.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

Finally, a natural sheepskin fleece offers an ideal option for those who may wish to experience wool in something closer to its original form.

twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins are derived from rare British breeds. Treated at one of the UK’s oldest tanneries, the fleeces are preserved with environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone.

Also available are long-haired fleeces from Icelandic sheep. Icelandic sheep wool has a longer length that creates a strikingly shaggy and luxuriant appearance, particularly when paired with clean-lined contemporary designs.

Long-haired Icelandic sheepkskin

A time-honoured way of creating contrast and enhancing comfort as the evenings draw in.

twentytwentyone newsletter: Lighter Prices

On October 14, 2016 · 0 Comments

Patera pendant light by Oiva Toikka for Louis Poulsen

twentytwentyone’s second October newsletter is here, with details of our Lighter Prices promotion commencing 15th October.

Also included are details of the range of new lighting designs in stock and available to order in-store and online.

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