Festive finery at twentytwentyone

December 7, 2015 · 0 Comments

Folded paper angels from Jurianne Matter

twentytwentyone’s selection of design-led Christmas decorations and seasonal ornaments embraces both the contemporary and the classic.

The festive finery on offer ranges from bold colour and architectural forms to time-honoured snow-white stars…

A range of hanging Christmas decorations available from twentytwentyone

… from traditional Swedish Christmas tree baubles to contemporary ornaments…

A range of Christmas decorations available from twentytwentyone

… and from the hand-crafted to the hand-painted and self-assembled.

A range of Christmas decorations available from twentytwentyone

So whether you prefer to deck the halls with contemporary crystals laser-cut from smoked oak or classic Danish paper-craft snowflakes, twentytwentyone has all you need to create atmosphere and instill festive spirit.

A range of Christmas decorations available from twentytwentyone

View our hand-picked collection of Christmas decorations and seasonal stationery here.

twentytwentyone December newsletter

December 3, 2015 · 0 Comments

Ildhane candlestick by Anderssen & Voll

The twentytwentyone December newsletter is here, with plentiful ideas to inspire your Christmas shopping.

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Late night Christmas shopping at twentytwentyone

December 3, 2015 · 0 Comments

Late night Christmas shopping at twentytwentyone

As part of  the Islington Design District festivities, twentytwentyone will be open until 7pm  for late night Christmas shopping on Thursdays in the run-up to Christmas.

Join us at our Upper Street shop on the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December for pannetone, wine and a unique selection of gift ideas to inspire and delight.

Christmas cards, from the contemporary to the classic

December 1, 2015 · 0 Comments

Firtree Christmas card by Cut and Make

twentytwentyone’s discerning selection of contemporary and classic Christmas stationery includes a range of design-led Christmas cards to suit all your festive requirements.

From cheery contemporary graphic greeting cards…

Dove Christmas card by Paul Erhard… to classic midcentury festive designs.

Whether you send your Christmas greetings with a traditional robin redbreast or modernist winter scene, view twentytwentyone’s extensive selection of Christmas cards and seasonal stationery here.

Christmas cards by Lisa Jones and Stefi Orazi


CH24 Wishbone chair: 6 for 5 Black Friday promotion from Carl Hansen & Sons

November 27, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Wishbone chair designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949

Carl Hansen and Son have announced a Black Friday Weekend promotion on a true icon of modern Danish furniture design – the CH24 dining chair.

Popularly known as the Wishbone chair, the CH24 was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949. Its distinctive organic curves, comfort, craftsmanship and durability have ensured that it remains an enduring classic.

Detail of the CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Now Carl Hansen & Son are offering customers a sixth chair free with orders of five CH24 chairs placed by Sunday 29th November.

The following finishes will be available on a 1-2 week leadtime: oiled oak/natural cord, soaped oak/natural cord, oak white oil/natural cord, oak painted black/natural cord, beech soap, beech oil, beech painted white and beech painted black.

This leadtime will ensure delivery before Christmas.

In addition, the following finishes will be available on a 4-6 week leadtime: ash white oil, ash soap, walnut oil, beech natural black/papercord.

CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

See the CH24 product page for further details on this exceptional opportunity to acquire a genuine icon of twentieth-century design.

The making of the CH24: a Carl Hansen video.


The perfect Christmas present: twentytwentyone hampers now available

November 20, 2015 · 0 Comments

New: Christmas hampers from twentytwentyoneChristmas is a mere month away, so twentytwentyone has given the traditional Christmas hamper a makeover.

Whether you’re searching for gifts for men or gifts for women, buying for a loved one or dropping heavy hints about your own Christmas wishlist, these perfect Christmas presents are sure to inspire and delight the design-conscious.

The Lucienne Hamper from twentytwentyone

Named after four of our particular design heroes – Lucienne, Henning, Jean and Mies -  the new hampers contain a selection of covetable items chosen to suit the most discerning tastes.

The Henning hamper from twentytwentyone

The Christmas gifts within are both luxurious and enduring, tailored to suit men and women alike. They range from the functional and practical to the deluxe and indulgent and are drawn from some of the world’s leading designers and makers.

The Jean hamper from twentytwentyone

Embracing design classics as well as indulgent treats, each carefully curated assortment is presented within a softly textural basket made from felt derived from recycled PET bottles.

As a finishing touch, the hamper is wrapped in tissue and tied with twentytwentyone ribbon and comes with a complimentary tote bag and festive card.

The Mies hamper from twentytwentyone

The twentytwentyone hamper is launched with a seasonal offer that includes a 10% discount on the full value of each hamper and free nationwide delivery.

The twentytwentyone Christmas hamper

You can find plenty more gift ideas from twentytwentyone in-store and online, including suggestions for her, for him, for children, and for the home.

We also have an extensive range of Christmas stationary and decorations, including greetings cards, gift tags and festive ornaments in a range of classic and contemporary designs.

Lighter Prices ends on Sunday 15th November

November 13, 2015 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone's Lighter Prices promotion

A reminder that our seasonal lighting promotion draws to a close on Sunday 15th November.

Only three days remain to enjoy a 15% discount on classic and contemporary designs in-store and online from a selected range of design-led manufacturers including: &Tradition, Anglepoise, Artemide, Artek, Bocci, Cassina Lighting, Davide Groppi, Flos, Fontana Arte, Ingo Maurer, Lampe Gras, Marset, Menu, Muuto, Oluce, Pandul, Resident, Rubn, Santa & Cole, Secto, Vistosi, Vitra and Wästberg.

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Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in Tokyo

November 11, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair by Margaret Howell featured in the Japanese press

The Reclining Chair is a classic of modern British design – originally created by Robin Day in 1952, re-clothed by Margaret Howell in 2015 and now exhibiting in Tokyo for the first time.

Robin Day Reclining Chair on display in Tokyo

twentytwentyone celebrated the centenary of eminent British designer Robin Day by inviting a select group of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster one of his most iconic furniture designs in a fabric of their own chosing.

Margaret Howell opted to use a classic midcentury Mourne tweed designed by the noted textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie. Further research revealed that Howell’s fabric of choice had in fact been developed by Hay-Edie following a series of meetings with Robin Day.

Moreover, Robin Day’s daughter revealed at twentytwentyone’s launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edit that this particular fabric had been used to cover another chair in Robin and Lucienne Day’s home – the High, Wide and Handsome chair designed by Robin Day in 1958.

Robin Day Reclining Edition chair, upholstered in Margaret Howell's choice of Mourne Emphasize Tweed

Margaret Howell’s tribute to Day can currently be seen on display in Tokyo, where it forms part of an exhibition of classic and contemporary furniture and household goods selected by the designer.

The exhibition of household goods selected by Margaret Howell, currently on display in Tokyo

Sitting alongside other timeless designs from Ercol, Anglepoise, Mourne Textiles and Robert Welch, the Centenary Edition Reclining chair attests to the discerning eye of Margaret Howell as well as the enduring vision of Robin Day.

Above all, it stands as a respectful and resonant tribute from one designer to another.

Margaret Howell's homewares display, including the Centenary Edition Reclining chair

twentytwentyone November newsletter

November 5, 2015 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Christmas hamper from twentytwentyone

The twentytwentyone November newsletter is here.

It contains details of the launch of our new Christmas hampers, plus a selection of design-led, classic and contemporary gift ideas to whet your appetite for Christmas…

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Wrap up well for winter

November 3, 2015 · 0 Comments


The clocks have gone back, the leaves are starting to fall and the sofa beckons. Fortunately, twentytwentyone have an array of throws, blankets and fleeces - ranging from contemporary textiles to mid-century designs – that will lend warmth, comfort and visual interest to your soft furnishings.

Woven Tweed throw designed by Gerd Hay Edie and made by Mourne Textiles

Recently profiled in The Guardian, Mourne Textiles is a family-run business based in Northern Ireland with distinguished design pedigree. Mourne was founded in the 1950s by celebrated textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie, whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

In the present day, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to bring these classic mid-century designs back into production while remaining faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

A range of Mourne Tweeds designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s

Mourne’s range of throws, blankets and cushions are handmade at the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland, situated in the foothills of the Mourne mountains in County Down.

At once refined and rustic, their unique texture and tones are at home in the most minimal of decorative schemes as well as more traditional interiors.

Tweed Emphasize charcoal grey throw by Mourne Textiles

By contrast, Wallace Sewell is a London and Dorset-based woven textile design studio established in the 1990s by RCA graduates Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell.

Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Designed on hand-looms in London and Dorset and produced at a family-run mill in Lancashire, Wallace Sewell’s designs are distinguished by their original use of colour and yarn structures.

These richly intricate woven throws feature geometric blocks of colour which appear to blur and dissolve into each other, appearing striking from a distance and equally fascinating in detail.

A detail of the intricate and richly coloured Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Finally, for those who prefer their wool in its original form, twentytwentyone has a range of natural sheepskin fleeces.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

The habit of placing a fleece on a streamlined contemporary sofa or chair is a staple of modernist interiors, and architects and designers as disparate as Alvar Aalto and Eileen Grey have delighted in creating contrast – and enhancing comfort – in this way.

A sheepskin fleece placed on the Colonial chair designed by Ole Wanscher for Carl Hansen

Using fleeces obtained from a range of rare British breeds, twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins come from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries.

Produced using environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone, and perfectly suited to being casually slung over your vintage DAR or nestling in your Flag Halyard chair.

Hans Wegner's Flag Halyard chair is designed to embrace a sheepskin fleece.

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