Summer Sale

On June 15, 2019 · 0 Comments

Our summer sale starts today with 15% off orders of furniturelighting and rugs from selected manufacturers online and in-store.

We also have reductions of up to 50% on a host of ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories. These are available to view and purchase at our River Street showroom and Upper Street shop.

Sale ends Sunday 28th July 2019.

Børge Mogensen: The People’s Designer

On April 13, 2019 · 0 Comments

Known as ‘the people’s designer’, Børge Mogensen (1914 – 1972) was instrumental in the forming of the Danish modern movement, creating some of the most influential designs and iconic pieces of furniture of the post-war era. Bringing international recognition to Danish design, his lifework was to craft high-quality, practical furniture within the reach of everyone.

A trained cabinet maker, Mogensen went on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1938-1942) under the tutelage of Kaare Klint. Excelling at ergonomic design and an advocate for pure functionalism, he honed a restrained, pared-back aesthetic that would last for generations, transcending contemporary fads and unnecessary embellishment.

His revolutionary approach to design meant that the consumer no longer had to modify their behaviour in order to use a piece of furniture, but instead that the furniture was adaptable to the user’s needs.

“My goal is to create items that serve people and give them the leading role, instead of forcing them to adapt to the items”

Known for his masterful use of materials, Morgensen was a pioneer of democratic design, not only utilising artisan traditions but adapting designs for industrial production. His refined designs featured clean lines that were easy to reproduce, with a penchant for primitive materials, working with solid oak, natural leather, wool and brass.

Mogensen worked for both Kaare Klint’s and Mogens Koch’s design studios before being hired as the chief designer for the Danish furniture cooperative, FDB (Fællesforeningen for Danmarks Brugsforeninger) in 1942. His team of designers all shared a common desire, to improve the lives of the everyday person through affordable, functional design. The FDB played an instrumental role in raising the profile of Scandinavian design on a global level.

He went on to open his own studio and later became Fredericia’s founding designer in 1955. Taking inspiration from around the world, his uncompromising approach to quality and design built the foundations of Fredericia and continued until his untimely death in 1972.

Prolific, Børge Mogensen left behind him a rich and enduring legacy of furniture design much of which is still in production today, many originals can also be found in leading museums around the world.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of his iconic Spanish Chair, Fredericia launched a special edition in solid oak with a warm olive green saddle leather. After extensive research into the Mogensen archive, the subtle hue was discovered to be one of Mogensen’s favourites and a dominant colour within modern mid-century interiors.

The Special Edition Anniversary Spanish Chair is available to view at our Upper Street shop.

 

twentytwentyone April newsletter

On April 5, 2019 · 0 Comments

April has arrived, as has our monthly newsletter. With the longer days and (hopefully) warmer weather, we embrace the great outdoors with our Spring Living edit and new outdoor furniture. Explore the new hot-galvanised edition of the Palissade collection by the Bouroullec brothers and meet new brand Millican and their sustainable collection of travel backpacks.

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twentytwentyone March newsletter

On March 15, 2019 · 0 Comments

The March edition of the twentytwentyone newsletter has arrived, highlighting new arrivals to our shop, showroom and online. The edit includes Poul Cadovius’ iconic modular shelving, System Ultra and a Hay sofa promotion not to be missed!

With Mother’s day fast approaching on the 31st March, we’ve compiled a host of design-led gifts to inspire that thoughtful present to say thank you. Should you need any help, don’t hesitate to pop into our Upper Street shop, we’re open Mon-Sun.

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Superfolk Printing Demo

On March 16, 2018 · 0 Comments

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To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Irish design studio Superfolk will be offering a printmaking demonstration at our Upper Street shop on Saturday 24th March 11am – 1pm.

This is an exceptional opportunity to view the process by which Superfolk’s delicate, textured works of art are created using only water-based inks, a hand-carved block and Japanese washi paper.

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Jo Anne Butler of Superfolk will be hand-inking and block-printing Superfolk’s Dandelion print. Combining fresh foliage with citrus-bright colour, this Spring-themed image will be available to purchase on the day, alongside other Superfolk prints inspired by the seaweed and plant life of the Irish coast.

Superfolk Dandelion print

Superfolk printing studio

The Superfolk design studio is based on the rugged west coast of Ireland and was founded in 2009 by artist, designer and architect Jo Anne Butler and designer Gearóid Muldowney.

Superfolk wood block

Superfolk spring beech print

Superfolk’s range of beautifully pared-back homewares are inspired by outdoor living and are crafted using the finest natural materials and time-honoured techniques. Their work evokes the changing in colours and seasons of the weather, wildlife, and surrounding landscape.

Superfolk wood block with yellow ink

Visit our Upper Street shop to see the pair in action as they mix inks and make prints from their hand-carved blocks. The inks are pushed and pulled, drawing out gentle variations in hues, meaning that no two prints will ever be exactly the same.

Superfolk Dandelion print with ink

To learn more about the print-making duo, take a look here.

The Superfolk range is available in-store and online.

Launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at twentytwentyone

On July 1, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Reclining Chair Centenary Edition by twentytwentyonetwentytwentyone celebrated the launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at its River Street showroom last night.

The company has marked the centenary of Robin Day‘s birth with a very special edition of one of his most iconic designs: the Reclining chair. A select group of ten British Designers have been invited to cover the chair in a fabric of their chosing; the result is a fondly respectful tribute to a designer who continues to inspire and influence, and to a timeless piece of design.

twentytwentyone's Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chairs

Speaking at the event, Paula Day (daughter of Robin and Lucienne Day and founder of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation) said: “When I first saw the list of designers involved I realised that this would be such a thoughtful response to my father’s work.

The fact that all ten designers instantly agreed to take part says a great deal about their generosity of spirit and their respect both for my father and for twentytwentyone. It is a wonderfully creative compliment to my father and I know he would have loved the fact that ten such distinguished designers are paying tribute to a design that he developed in his 30s.”

Paula Day speaking at the launch of twentytwentyone's Robin Day Centenary Edition

Paula Day noted how many of the designers had referenced Day’s love of mountains and outdoor activities in their choice of fabrics for the Reclining chair, saying: “I have been particularly moved to see designers refer to my father’s passions beyond of the world of design. These allusions to the other dimensions that made up the man I knew are very touching.”

The contributing designers are Barber & Osgerby, Ilse Crawford, Tom Dixon, Martino Gamper, Kenneth Grange, Matthew Hilton, Margaret Howell, Michael Marriot, Jasper Morrison and Terence Woodgate.

Terence Woodgate seated in his Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Terence Woodgate, pictured above, said of his choice of fabric: “that fact that it is called Outback seems appropriate for a man who enjoyed the wilderness.”

Jay Barber and Ed Osgerby with their Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby revealed that they had been inspired by a photograph which showed Robin Day in his studio with a large panoramic photograph of a mountain range in the background, saying: “the colours we chose for the chair were in direct reference to the greens and greys of those snow-capped mountains.”

Michael Marriot seated in his Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Michael Marriot said of his involvement in the Centenary Edition: “It feels a real privilege to be invited to make some small intervention with one of his pieces. My approach was to find something that – while contemporary – was totally at home with the feel of Robin’s chair and that had a similarly distinguished character and poise, like the man himself.”

Launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edition at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

Paula Day also revealed the unexpected resonance of one particular designer’s choice of fabric. The Mourne fabric selected by Margaret Howell had previously been used by Robin and Lucienne Day to cover another chair that stood in their Cheyne Walk home – Day’s High Wide and Handsome chair, described by Paula Day as “a great hug of a chair.”

Paula Day seated in Margaret Howell's Centenary Edition of the Robin Day Reclining chair

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair is exclusive to twentytwentyone.

All ten chairs are currently on display at the River Street showroom and can be viewed online.

Robin Day's tricorne tray on display at twentytwentyone's launch of the Robin Day Reclining Chair Centenary Edition

twentytwentyone August newsletter

On August 6, 2014 · 0 Comments

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On July 10, 2014 · 0 Comments

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The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

On May 2, 2014 · 0 Comments

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Day_news_11The definitive online resource for accurate information about the design careers of Robin and Lucienne Day has just launched.

The comprehensive archive charts work from the 1930’s to the 2000’s with a visual timeline. Shown above is a selection of furniture and textile projects completed by the couple over the years.

The website also shows the Reclining chair, of which we are the only licensed producers. See the archive here, or shop Robin and Lucienne Day here.

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