London Design Festival – Edit ’19

On August 28, 2019 · 0 Comments


twentytwentyone present a defining mix of contemporary and classic designs newly launched in 2019 for the London Design Festival.

Edit ’19 combines re-issued historical designs with present-day launches, in an intriguingly eclectic yet harmonious exhibition.

Central to the exhibition’s remit is to explore the varied use of material, process and form. Materials including wood, wool, leather, paper, cast iron and enamelled steel complement a diverse range of processes celebrating both handcrafted and machine-made techniques. An inspiring collection of aesthetics will contrast and compliment.

Work by eminent twentieth-century designers Poul Cadovius, Herbert Hirche and Paul McCobb will be relaunched alongside respected contemporary counterparts including Barber & Osgerby, Pierre Charpin, Ilse Crawford, Cecilie Manz, Jasper Morrison, Raw Edges and Shane Schneck. The work of graphic artist Philippe Weisbecker will be displayed for the first time in the UK.

Each design has been selected for its inherent quality and enduring sensibilities. If not already a design classic, twentytwentyone suggest the longevity of the new designs presented.

Edit ’19
twentytwentyone showroom
18c River Street,
London, EC1R 1XN

Private View: Tues 17th September 6.00 – 8.00pm
Exhibition runs Wednesday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm, Sunday 11.00 – 5.00pm



Day for Flowers exhibition

On June 29, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition at River StreetIn celebration of Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, the Day for Flowers exhibition opened at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom on 20th June.

Day for Flowers exhibitionDay for Flowers exhibitionThe exhibition was conceived as a tribute to one of Britain’s most significant and influential textile designers. It also marked the launch of the Lucienne Day Flower Brick.

Lucienne Day centenary edition Flower BrickA limited, numbered edition of Lucienne Day’s 1960s flower brick design has been produced by twentytwentyone to mark Day’s centenary.

Day for Flowers saw a range of creative individuals from the design world present their own tribute to Lucienne Day by using her Flower Brick design to create a unique floral arrangement.

Day for Flowers exhibition The participating designers were Barber & Osgerby, Paula Day, Max Fraser, Suzy Hoodless, Margaret Howell, Philippe Malouin, Alex Mowatt, Nikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood working with Yasuyo Harvey.

The arrangements produced were remarkable for their diversity of form and the variety of flowers and foliage used. Crisply architectural formations stood side by side with abundant displays of colour, texture and shape.

Barber & Osgerby Paula Day Flower Brick arrangementsAbove left: Barber & Osgerby. Above right: Paula Day.

fraser-hoodlessAbove left: Max Fraser. Above right: Suzy Hoodless.

howell-malouinAbove left: Margaret Howell. Above right: Philippe Malouin.

mowat-tibblesAbove right: Alex Mowat. Above left: Nikki Tibbles.

toogood-harveyAbove: Faye Toogood and Yasuyo Harvey.

Paula Day’s arrangement had a particularly personal resonance. Her blooms included cuttings from her mother’s favourite ‘New Dawn’ rose, taken from a plant grown by Lucienne Day but now transplanted to her daughter’s garden.

Day for Flowers exhibition Day for Flowers exhibition openingThe wide variety of effects achieved illustrated the inherent flexibility of this elegantly functional design…

exhib-17Day for Flowers exhibition opening… and of course served as a most fitting tribute to a designer whose enduring works continue to inspire.

Day for Flowers exhibition openingDay for Flowers was on display at our River Street showroom from  21st to 24th June 2017.

If you’ve been inspired by the flower displays above you can purchase your own Flower Brick here.

Day for Flowers exhibition

On May 4, 2017 · 0 Comments

Day for Flowers exhibition

In Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, twentytwentyone is celebrating her contributions to design with Day for Flowers, a collaborative exhibition that also marks the relaunch of one of Lucienne Day’s designs: the Flower Brick.

Flowers and plants were a key source of inspiration in Lucienne Day’s life and work. She was a passionate gardener and abstracted plant and flower forms appear throughout her work.

Lucienne Day

The flower brick has its origins in the decorative Delftware produced during the 18th century to hold ornate floral displays. In 1966 Lucienne Day reinterpreted this historic genre in a collection of distinctive contemporary designs that were produced in England by Bristol Potteries.

twentytwentyone has collaborated with 1882 Ltd and the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to bring the Lucienne Day Flower Brick back into production, with a celebratory limited edition of 100.

Lucienne Day Flower Bricks

To mark the reissue of Day’s design we have invited ten creative individuals from the worlds of fashion, design, interiors, architecture and journalism to design a floral display using a Flower Brick.

Designers and creatives taking part in Day for Flowers exhibition

We are delighted to have the participation of Michael AnastassiadesBarber & OsgerbyPaula DayMax FraserSuzy HoodlessMargaret HowellPhilippe MalouinAlex MowatNikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood.

The ten arrangements they design will be displayed at our River Street showroom, providing a dramatic and inspiring summer show of floral creations – and a fitting tribute to Lucienne Day.

Day for Flowers is hosted in association with 1882 Ltd and The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.

It will run from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June.

Marker, plus twenty

On 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

Marker, plus twenty at the London Design Festival

On 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

On 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.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

Barber & Osgerby at Stockholm Furniture Fair

On February 9, 2016 · 0 Comments

Hotaru lanterns at Barber&Osgerby's Guest of Honour stand, Stockholm Furniture&Light Fair 2016

Barber & Osgerby have been invited to create the Guest of Honour stand at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair.

The designers’ installation is divided by felt hangings into three separate ‘rooms’, illuminated throughout by the Hotaru paper lanterns launched by twentytwentyone in 2015.

“Each space offers the visitor an environment for relaxation, meeting and working under a canopy of paper lanterns,” said Barber & Osgerby.

Barber & Osgerby's sketch for their Guest of Honour stand

Named after the Japanese word for firefly, the Hotaru range of lighting was launched by twentytwentyone as part of the 2015 London Design Festival.

The collection is manufactured using traditional techniques and materials by Ozeki & Co Ltd, the celebrated Japanese company dedicated to making paper lanterns since 1891.

Also displayed at the Guest of Honour stand is Barber & Osgerby’s Pilot chair, an innovative and adaptable lounge chair suited to both the home and the workplace.

Baber & Osgerby at Stockholm Furniture Fair

View the range of Barber & Osgerby designs available from twentytwentyone here.

Lighting launches at twentytwentyone for London Design Festival

On September 25, 2015 · 0 Comments


twentytwentyone hosted two separate events during London Design Festival, each launching new lighting ranges by some of the UK’s foremost designers.

Hotaru by Barber & Osgerby on display at twentytwentyone's River Street showrooom

On 22nd September, twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom held a special preview of Hotaru, the new range of lighting designed by Barber & Osgerby in collaboration with twentytwentyone.

Named after the Japanese word for firefly, the Hotaru range is inspired by Barber & Osgerby’s appreciation of the history and craft of Japanese paper lantern making.

The collection is manufactured by Ozeki & Co Ltd, a celebrated Japanese company dedicated to making paper lanterns since 1891. Each lantern is constructed using traditional techniques and materials, with translucent Mulberry bark washi paper stretched over a bamboo structure that describes a bold contemporary form.

Hotaru by Barber & Osgerby on display at twentytwentyone's River Street showrooom

Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby said, “We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Japanese paper lanterns and have often talked about designing them. In 2012, while Edward was travelling through central Japan he visited Ozeki, the famous paper lantern manufacturer, to learn more about the craft. After a conversation with the owner of the family-run business this project was born.”

The launch of Hotaru, designed by Barber & Osgerby

On the same evening, twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop hosted the launch of the innovative w152 Busby lighting range, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility for Swedish lighting manufacturers Wästberg.

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

The w152 Busby light is a source of both light and power. Each unit has three 3A USB outlets integrated into its base and incorporates an intelligent power management and device detection system.

As a result, it is able to charge computers, phones or other devices at the fastest rate required, regardless of the number of devices plugged in.

w152 Busby by Industrial Facility for Wastberg

Kim Colin and Sam Hecht describe w152 Busby as “a chance to establish new possibilities for the meeting point between light and electronics.” They continue: “This is not a story about gadgetry (regardless of technical achievements), but rather an affirmation about how we live – that wherever light is supplied, power is often also required to charge our burgeoning electronic devices.”

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

The w152 Busby range was displayed for LDF 2015 in an installation specially designed by Industrial Facility for the event.

w152 Busby lighting collection launched at twentytwentyone's Upper Street shop

Both lighting ranges are on display at twentytwentyone for the duration of London Design Festival and are available to buy in store and online.

twentytwentyone LDF newsletter

On September 4, 2015 · 0 Comments

The new Hotaru range of lighting by Barber & Osgerby, exclusive to twentytwentyone

The twentytwentyone newsletter with details of special events for the 2015 London Design Festival is here.

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A meaningful miscellany: Olio by Barber & Osgerby

On August 21, 2015 · 0 Comments

Olio collection by Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton

Barber & Osgerby‘s new collection for Royal Doulton subtley subverts the concept of the high-end tableware range while exemplifying the design and craftsmanship that are intrinsic to this heritage brand.

The word ‘olio’ means a miscellaneous collection of things and the collection is composed from an intriguing palette of materials, textures and colours. Wooden serving platters mingle with a refined colour palette of tactile glazed and unglazed stoneware, all immaculately crafted to maintain their individual identity and integrity while harmoniously combining to form a greater whole.

Pieces from the Olio collection by Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton

“The collection is about letting the material show its natural beauty,” say Barber & Osgerby. “For example, we made sure the stoneware pieces were glazed where they need to be but matt where you hold them so you can feel what they are made from.”

Barber & Osgerby were also specifically inspired by Royal Doulton’s early history of manufacturing stoneware, citing the salt-glazed clay pipes the company made during the nineteenth century as a reference for the exposed stoneware used throughout the collection.


“What most of the high-end china brands have relied on until fairly recently is having matching pieces that are all based on one design element, but people don’t necessarily want traditional dinner sets any more,” say Barber & Osgerby.

In response, Olio allows people to build up their own personal collection of tableware – from a single piece to a tabletop-full. These are pieces that will stand alone or sit happily alongside prior possessions, thanks to their timeless design, unique character and exceptional quality.

Design duo Barber & Osgerby

As Barber and Osgerby note, “the collection is reminiscent of timeless found objects that have their roots in the manmade. We imagine people will use the range in an adhoc way and enjoy combining it with existing pieces.”


The word ‘curate’ is much-used at the moment – some would say over-used. But it seems entirely apt to describe Olio as an invitation to curate your own unique assortment of pieces, on whatever scale you wish.

Olio is currently on display at twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop and is also available online.


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