Mothers’ Day at twentytwentyone

March 10, 2017 · 0 Comments

Grow Greenhouse by Caroline Wetterling for Design House Stockholm

Mothers’ Day falls on Sunday 26th March this year, which is also the day that the clocks go forward. So if you’re seeking inspiration for the perfect present look no further than our Mothers’ Day gift list.

Our extensive array of suggestions ranges from classic and contemporary design objects to indulgent treats and is certain to include something that will delight a very important person on Mothering Sunday.

Lisa Jones Mothers' Day card

All parents deserve pampering and our carefully chosen collection of bathroom goods includes many that use plant extracts to create unique designs that care for the body as well as respecting the environment.

From Japanese Sasawashi slippers made from a textile woven with naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fibres…

Sasawashi slippersHaeckels seaweed geranium handbalmHaeckels seaweed bath

… to Haeckels bath and body care products concocted using seaweed hand-harvested on the Kent coastline.

And if a weekend spa retreat is out of the question, you can always give a scented candle or incense with an inspiring and calming fragrance…

Skandinavisk scented candleHibi incense matchsticksHaeckels cliff breeze candle

… whether it evokes crystal-clear Scandinavian fjords, the meditative qualities of a Zen garden, or a bracing cliff-top walk closer to home.

For the green-fingered, we have design-led garden accessories, from nest boxes to encourage maternal birdlife and striking watering cans …

Utoopic neighbirds nest boxLungo watering canFerm living plant hanger

… to hanging pots and planters that allow you to bring the outdoors inside.

While our selection of vases offers a rich variety of shapes, sizes and materials in classic designs that will showcase a Mother’s Day bouquet to perfection.

Joe Colombo 2in1 vaseNude glass mist vaseKarakter Lyngby Porcelain vase

Our carefully-chosen collection of jewellery will surely appeal to the design-conscious, from architectural and everyday forms shaped in precious metals…

Eiger Gallery Arete earringsMichael Marriot wingnut necklaceMaterial Immaterial concrete earrings

… to compelling designs fashioned from concrete.

Alternatively, you can encourage your mother to sit soft with our family of cushions and throws featuring classic mid-century woven fabrics or vibrant colourways from contemporary textile designers.

Wallace Sewell river cushiontextiles-epMourne tweed cushion

Finally, something made by hand is always going to melt a mother’s heart.

If you feel you’ve moved on from presenting mum with the pottery dinosaur you made at school, you can always explore our selection of unique decorative and functional objects hand-made by intriguing designer-makers like Stella Baggot, Material Immaterial and Aman Khanna.

Stella Baggott Atelier Stella Betty vaseMaterial Immaterial concrete houseAman Khanna Observer vessel

For further inspiration, view the Mothers’ Day gift list in full here.

New Contracts project: Clerkenwell Grind

February 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

  clerkenwell-grind-3twentytwentyone’s latest Contract project is now on our website.

Our Contracts team recently supplied the Long John pendant light by Niclas Hoflin for Rubn for a newly opened bar and restaurant in Clerkenwell.

Clerkenwell Grind, a twentytwentyone Contracts project

Clerkenwell Grind, twentytwentyone Contract project

Find more information on this project here.

twentytwentyone’s Contract 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 recent projects can be viewed here.

Finn Juhl: a master of Danish design

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

Last order dates for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lisa Jones Valentine's Day card

Valentines’s Day cards need not be a sentimental affair.

Our selection of contemporary Valentine’s cards will delight design-lovers with their evident passion for colour, pattern and line and their witty approach to matters of the heart.

Paul Farrell the Kiss Valentine cardLisa Jones Valentine cardPaul Farrell love stack card

And please note: to ensure guaranteed delivery to UK addresses before Valentine’s Day, make sure you place your online order with us by Thursday 9th February.

However, you can still order online and opt to collect in-store. To take advantage of this option, please ensure your Valentine’s order is placed with us by Sunday 12th February.

Lisa Jones Bluebirds Valentine's Day card

If you have any queries regarding deliveries you can contact our web orders team Monday to Friday on 020 7837 1900 or orders@twentytwentyone.com.

View our Valentine’s Day gift list – including all cards – in full here.

twentytwentyone’s Valentine’s Day gift guide

February 3, 2017 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone Valentine's Day gift list

The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun, but there’s no need to feel lovesick. We’ve compiled a handy Valentine’s gift guide certain to contain something to delight the apple of your eye.

Our selection ranges from indulgent treats to classic design objects – plus the all-important Valentine cards themselves – and includes a multitude of love tokens to suit all ages, tastes and pockets.

It’s a Valentine’s tradition to say it with flowers, and our gift suggestions include a variety of vases to showcase the perfect bouquet…

Joe Colombo 2in1 vase for LyngbyLyngby Porcelain vaseAAalto glass vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala

… or decorative ways to bring flowers and foliage into the home.

Grow Greenhouse by Caroline Wetterling for Design House StockholmMichael Anastiassiades Disk plant holderserax-carnivore-terrarium

Alternatively, the gift of an classic or a contemporary table light may be just the way to assure someone that they are the light of your life.

Our selection of lighting includes table lamps that make striking use of colour and materials. We’ve also singled out the ingenious Follow Me light which is portable and rechargeable to cast a suitably atmospheric glow indoors and out and can be dimmed to create romantic ambience.

Jonas Wagell Metallic table lamp for MenuFollowMe rechargable light by MarsetTurn On table lamp by Joel Hoff for Wrong London

Sweetly-scented offerings are also bound to please.

Our Valentine selection embraces candles fragranced to evoke locations from the windswept English coast to the Californian hometown of cartoon character Snoopy, or enclosed in ceramic containers decorated with the iconic imagery of Pierro Fornasetti.

haeckels-scented-candleFornasetti scented candleAstier de Villatte Santa Rosa scented candle

Meanwhile our range of pampering products for her and him are concocted with an array of natural botanical essences, including seaweed hand-harvested in Margate.

Aesop Neroli shaving setHaeckels seaweed bath saltsHaeckels seaweed geranium hand cream

If you’d rather raise a toast to your loved one, browse our range of design-led glassware and select the perfect champagne flute, glass jugs to mix up a potent cocktail or Connemara marble whiskey stones to chill the tipple of your choice.

Essence champagne glassIrish whiskey stonesIchendorf Caipirinha glass jug

Finally, what could be more romantic than a reminder of the creativity that can result from a life-long partnership?

Husband and wife designers Lucienne and Robin Day are amongst the most acclaimed British designers of the post-war period and their richly productive creative partnership is celebrated in a pair of posters which were issued to mark the centenary of each designer.

Lucienne Day 100 designs posterrobin-day-100designs

Could these be the perfect present for your design-concious other half?

For further inspiration, our Valentine’s Day gift list can be viewed in full here.

twentytwentyone sale – final reductions

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.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

twentytwentyone Contracts: Park Lofts, London

January 19, 2017 · 0 Comments

Park Lofts: twentytwentyone Contracts project

twentytwentyone Contracts has recently supplied a range of furniture and lighting to Park Lofts, a residential development of 12 apartments located near Regent’s Park in central London.

For more information on this project and details of the range of designs supplied view the Park Lofts project here.

Park Lofts: twentytwentyone Contract project

twentytwentyone’s Contract 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 recent projects can be viewed here.

twentytwentyone January newsletter

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.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

Lucienne Day centenary

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.

twentytwentyone winter sale newsletter

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.

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