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

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.

Peter Nelson lighting

October 10, 2016 · 0 Comments

Peter Nelson FA series lighting

twentytwentyone is excited to exclusively offer the last remaining warehouse stock of Peter Nelson lighting.

The Austrian-born Peter Nelson (1928 – 2009) spent the early part of his career working in the aeronautics industry. Amongst other projects, he worked with Howard Hughes on the development of the triple-tailed, four-engined Lockheed Constellation aircraft.

In 1961 Nelson left the aeronautical industry to concentrate solely on lighting design, founding the company Architectural Lighting.

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Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s maxim of doing more with less, his lighting designs have a refined technical appearance and precision engineered finish that reflects his background in aircraft design.

The cuboid switch blocks hand-milled from solid aluminium that feature on many of his table and floor lights are a characteristic detail.

A characteristic design detail of a Peter Nelson lightThese exemplary modernist lights were enthusiastically received on their launch and were stocked in Habitat and Heals during the 1960s.

Although Nelson’s designs are no longer in production, the final tranche of table, floor and wall/ceiling lights is now available to view and purchase exclusively at twentytwentyone.

Peter Nelson FS series lightAll lights are offered at 25% off the original price (please note that the prices given on our website include the 25% discount), with limited numbers of each design are available.

twentytwentyone is delighted to be able to present such an important collection of lights by an often-overlooked but highly influential British designer.

View the entire range of Peter Nelson lighting here.

twentytwentyone’s October newsletter

October 6, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone October newsletter

twentytwentyone’s October newsletter is here, with news of the latest designs in-store and online, plus a date for your diary: our Lighter Prices promotion commences on 15th October.

Included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of 20 favourite lighting launches and relaunches from the past two decades.

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Marker, plus twenty

September 21, 2016 · 0 Comments

'Marker, plus twenty' exhibition

‘Marker, plus twenty’, an exhibition curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, opened last night at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.

'Marker, plus twenty' private view

'Marker, plus twenty' private view

On show for the duration of the London Design Festival, ‘Marker, plus twenty’ celebrates the launch of Marker, the new addition to Barber & Osgerby’s family of Hotaru paper lanterns.

The exhibition also references twentytwentyone’s 20th anniversary and celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Marker Hotaru paper lanterns

'Marker, plus twenty' exhibition

This highly personal display consists of twenty objects selected from Edward and Jay’s personal collection of curiosities from around the world, accumulated over many years. “There are,” the designers note, “quite a few gaps on our shelves at the moment.”

The objects on display include both furniture and product design and more humble every day objects, ranging from a Thonet chair to a Japanese glass fishing net float.

'Marker, plus twenty' exhibition

Objects in the 'Marker, plus twenty' exhibition

Accumulated over many years, these items have been selected for their form, material or craftsmanship. Although strikingly diverse in scale, function, value and age, each object has been an inspiration in some way or other.

Together they offer an intriguing insight into the influences and interests of one of Britain’s foremost design duos.

'Marker plus twenty' private view

Edward Barber talks Jasper Morrison through the exhibition

‘Marker, plus twenty’ will be on display at our River Street showroom, 9.30am to 5.30pm, until Sunday 25th September.

'Marker, plus twenty' exhibition

Marker Hotaru paper lantern

twentytwentyone is 20: 20 exhibitions

September 9, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone's exhibition of Wrong Shop prints by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec

The latest instalment in our twentieth anniversary editorials celebrates the rich collaborative chemistry that we have been fortunate to share with many designers, manufacturers and individuals by presenting 20 exhibitions we have hosted over the past two decades.

Exhibitions have been an important aspect of twentytwentyone from the outset, and the programme of events conceived, curated and hosted includes progressive design launches, historical reviews and one-off charitable endeavours.

The designers we have celebrated in the process range from Charles and Ray Eames and Robin and Lucienne Day to Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, while the works on display have included both rare vintage pieces and newly minted designs fresh from the Milan Salone.

You can view September’s edit in full here, and gain an overview of twentytwentyone’s exhibitions here.

Find out more about our twentieth anniversary and view all twentytwentyone is 20 editorials to date here.

Marker, plus twenty at the London Design Festival

September 8, 2016 · 0 Comments

Marker by Barber & Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s new design, Marker, will be launched at the 2016 London Design Festival in the context of an exhibition curated by the designers.

The highly personal exhibition offers an intriguing insight into Barber & Osgerby‘s influences and inspirations through a collection of 20 objects ranging in scale, origin, age and function. At the same time it references twentytwentyone’s 20th anniversary and celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Marker is the third design in the Hotaru family of paper lanterns, handmade in Japan by Ozeki, renowned manufacturers of traditional washi paper lanterns.

Hotaru lights are hand crafted in Japan

Marker continues the designers’ exploration of pure sculptural forms and complements the sizes available in Buoy and Double Bubble, the two Hotaru designs launched at LDF 2015.

Marker, plus twenty will be on display at our River Street showroom until Sunday 25th September.

Double Bubble and Buoy Hotaru pendant lights

twentytwentyone London Design Festival newsletter

September 7, 2016 · 0 Comments

Wallace Sewell's new collection for twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s September newsletter is here, with news of the designs which are to be launched as part of this year’s London Design Festival.

Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of 20 exhibitions hosted over the past two decades, from design launches and historical reviews to charity events.

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Bank holiday opening hours

August 26, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone River Street showroom

Our bank holiday opening hours are as follows:

Upper Street shop

Saturday  27.08.16   10am – 6pm
Sunday  28.08.16  11am – 5pm
Monday 29.08.16 11am – 5pm

River Street showroom

Saturday  27.08.16   9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday  28.08.16  closed
Monday 29.08.16  closed

We wish all our customers a very pleasant bank holiday.

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twentytwentyone is 20: your 20 favourite designs

August 12, 2016 · 0 Comments

Pestle and mortar by Robert Welch

The latest instalment in our monthly twentytwentyone is 20 series of editorials is exceptional in that it has been defined by our customers.

For this month’s edit we have analysed furniture, lighting and accessories sales over the past two decades to reveal the 20 designs that have proved most popular with our customers over the past two decades.

The resulting selection of classic and contemporary pieces ranges from unique decorative objects such as hand-carved wooden crows to design classics including the String shelving system, the Tulip table and the perennially popular DSW side chair.

This edit is a testament to the good taste and vision of our customers over the years and we would like to extend our thanks to them.

Find out more about our twentieth anniversary and view all twentytwentyone is 20 editorials to date here.

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twentytwentyone August newsletter

August 12, 2016 · 0 Comments

Ace stool by Philippe Malouin

twentytwentyone’s August newsletter is here, with news of the latest designs now in-store and online.

Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of our customers’ 20 favourite products, based on an analysis of furniture, lighting and accessory sales over the past two decades.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

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