Minimalux

On March 10, 2018 · 0 Comments

Minimalux design and produce accessories for the home and person, characterised by a formal minimalism, employing premium materials and lustrous finishes.

The London-based company was founded in 2009 by designer Mark Holmes and marketing and development director Tamara Caspersz, formerly co-founders of Established & Sons.

Minimalux Bulb lamp in situ

As the name suggests, Minimalux fully embraces precision crafting. Their range may be diverse but each piece is united in its distinctive high-quality finish and elegant simplicity.

Bare metals and leather are hand-finished and polished to an exceptional level. No lacquers or treatments are applied after this polishing process, ensuring that the quality of the material is preserved and allows for the attractive natural ageing process.

Their design process is quality-driven, aiming to create understated pieces which are designed to last and bring a note of discernment to everyday objects. The collection ranges from small jewellery pieces and desk accessories to much larger statement lighting.

Minimalux Stem and Bulb Table Lamp

The Stem Light (above right) comprises a hand-blown spherical diffuser on a columnar base, available in either brass or chrome. A circular opening in the shade allows for directional light if required.

The Bulb Table Lamp (above left) sits well in tandem. Inspired by the traditional bulb form, this design has a machined brass base and sits directly on a surface.

Minimalux Pocket Mirror lifestyle

Minimalux pocket mirror two views

The pocket mirror (above) is crafted using precision-machined solid brass and mirror glass, available with a natural vegetable-tanned leather stitched sleeve.

Minimalux Square Ring

Minimalux Square Ring lifestyle

Minimalux create a range of jewellery, from rings to pendants and bracelets. The Square ring (above) is made of solid brass with a mirror polished finish, engraved with the discreet Minimalux monogram on the inner face. It perfectly pairs with Minimalux’s Square pendant, for maximum geometric effect.

We are pleased to introduce Minimalux to the twentytwentyone family. The collection is available to view and purchase at our Upper Street shop and online.

OMK 1965

On November 17, 2017 · 0 Comments

OMK classic chair red

British designer Rodney Kinsman founded OMK in 1965 to produce a range of pioneering designs now considered classics of the British high-tech movement.

Rodney Kinsman founded OMK

Newly relaunched as OMK 1965, the company presents a new collection of Kinsman’s iconic designs including the celebrated Omkstak chair.

Kinsman designed this lightweight, stackable and highly adaptable chair in 1972, and it has subsequently been added to the permanent collections of twentieth-century furniture at V&A, the Design Museum in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Omkstak black chair

With a minimal tubular steel frame supporting a seat and back made of pressed steel with emphatic circular perforations, The Omstak chair blends functionality and simplicity in a form that celebrates the materials and technologies used to make it.

Onkstak collection in all colours

OMK 1965 are marking the 45th anniversary of this lightweight, stackable and sought-after design by producing it in a fresh new palette of colours.

Omkstak in new fresh colours Omkstak in new fresh colours

A timeless chair with a firm following amongst design enthusiasts, Omkstak has a durability and adaptability that suits it for both domestic and contract use.

Omkstam in situ

And as if the new palette of colours wasn’t enough, it is also available in a classic version which features the chrome frame and contrasting coloured seat and back of the original 1972 design.

Omkstak with chrome frame

Also available from twentytwentyone is Kinsman’s Orbit mirror.

This striking design combines a large wall-mounted circular mirror with a smaller vanity mirror positioned on a swing arm much like a satellite orbiting a planet.

Omkstak Orbit Mirror

The vanity mirror has both a regular and a magnifying side and swivels through 180° to offer views of the back or side of the head.

Omkstak Orbital Mirror in situ

The Orbit mirror is currently on display at our Upper Street shop while the Omkstak chairs can be viewed at our River Street showroom.

Or view the OMK 1965 collection online here.

Omkstak in new colour ways

Lucienne Day centenary

On 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.

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