Stockholm furniture fair 2014

February 14, 2014 · 0 Comments

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twentytwentyone visited the annual Stockholm furniture fair at the beginning of the month. Above are some edited highlights of our trip. More can be viewed here.

twentytwentyone February newsletter

February 12, 2014 · 0 Comments

Nikari_decemberchair_blogThe twentytwentyone February newsletter is here.

Featured is the December Chair;  an international design made in Finland and created by Morrison in collaboration with Japanese designer Wataru Kumano.

The oiled ash frame combines with natural canvas seat to realise their aim of ‘a comfortable low chair, with slightly rural character and definite Scandinavian influence. Suitable for a country house, a city apartment or a hotel lobby’.

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Winter sale – final reductions

January 30, 2014 · 0 Comments

final_reductions_blogThe twentytwentyone winter sale ends this Sunday. Final reductions now online and in store. Read all about it in our latest newsletter.

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Select a unique gift…

January 28, 2014 · 0 Comments

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Select a unique gift from twentytwentyone to celebrate Valentine’s day on 14th February.

Our selection features special lighting, cosy blankets and beautiful vases, all bound to make your loved one smile.

Barber Osgerby: In the making

January 22, 2014 · 0 Comments
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Opening today: Barber Osgerby’s new show ‘In The Making’ at The Design Museum, London.

Featuring over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from a pencil to a football boot, a surprising range of objects have been chosen to be exhibited in an unfinished state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process. The objects have been selected because they each have an unexpected quality about them in those moments before they assume their final, recognisable form.

22 January – 4 May 2014.

twentytwentyone winter sale continues…

January 22, 2014 · 0 Comments

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The twentytwentyone winter sale continues. To see a small selection of ex-clearance furniture and lighting please see our latest newsletter.

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twentytwentyone winter sale 2014

January 9, 2014 · 0 Comments

lighting_sale_2014The twentytwentyone winter sale continues until February 2nd 2014.

We are offering 15% off selected lighting and furniture lines. With most manufacturer’s new price lists coming into effect in February, now is the time to take advantage of additional savings.

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There are further discounts of up to 75% off ex-display lighting and furniture. We recommend enquiring prior to purchase to confirm availability and exact specification.

Work with us!

January 9, 2014 · 0 Comments

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We are looking for experienced contract and retail sales candidates to join our team.

Contract sales

We have a position available within a dynamic sales team working with architects and designers on a range of projects in the UK and internationally.

For more information or to apply, please see our jobs page.

Retail sales

We are looking for individuals with knowledge of and a passion for art, design and the creative industries. People who are able to offer an extremely high level of customer service, are industrious and work well within a team.

For more information or to apply, please see our jobs page.

Post war and brutalist architecture

November 27, 2013 · 0 Comments

The term Brutalism was derived from the French ‘Béton brut’, or raw concrete, and the expression became associated with a movement emerging in postwar British architectural offices.
The British public share a love-hate relationship with this strong architectural language. The monumental Preston bus station by BDP is the most recent dispute on the value of Brutalist architecture.
Significant buildings such Robin Hood Gardens and Birmingham City Library await demolition. Others such as the ‘Get Carter carpark’ by the Owen Luder Partnership have already been eradicated.

Read below some further information by Simon Phipps whose new blog dedicated to post-war and brutalist buildings can be accessed from here.

Brutalism’s properties were characterised by the critic Reyner Banham in the Architectural Review, December 1955:
1, Formal legibility of plan;
2, Clear exhibition of structure,
3, Valuation of materials for their inherent qualities “as found”.
Banham further argued that great architecture derives from the correct interaction of structure, function and form whilst also requiring a necessary conceptual element in order to have ‘memorabilty of image’.
Although the brutalist tendency in post-war British Architecture has been assailed both by derision and real antipathy, Brutalist Architecture as realised by such practitioners as Erno Goldfinger, Sir Denys Lasdun and Rodney Gordon is now universally recognised for it’s expressed structure and exposed materials of concrete, block and brick. These qualities sitting alongside a-formality and anti-geometric plans allow for the necessary conceptual content that makes some of these building ‘great’ and provides ‘memorability of image’.

Simon Phipps photographed a number of buildings that sit within a loose Brutalist principle and rather than present them as photographic prints have produced them as monochrome images printed directly onto an aluminium substrate. I felt this would capture the idea of ‘valuation of materials “as found”, whilst aluminium also resonates with concrete as a material in it’s visual neutralness.

November newsletter

November 1, 2013 · 0 Comments

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Learn about our new and renewed collaborations, and get some inspiration for Christmas in our November newsletter available here.

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