twentytwentyone Warehouse Sale

On July 10, 2019 · 0 Comments

This summer hails the return of our Warehouse Sale which will take place on Saturday 20th July 2019.

We’re offering exceptional discounts of up to 80% on an array of classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories from selected manufacturers including Vitra, Hay, Gubi, String, Flos, Tom Dixon and Iittala to name a few.

Explore one-off samples, returns, ex-display and end-of-line items at incredible prices.

Join us from 10am-2pm at 18c River Street, EC1R 1XN.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Milan Design Week 2019

On April 24, 2019 · 0 Comments

This month the twentytwentyone team made their annual trip to Milan Design Week, attending the world-renowned Salone del Mobile, Euroluce lighting exhibition and various design events held across the city. Here the furniture and lighting industry showcase the latest in cutting-edge design, product launches and new collaborations from around the world.

Preview new works by established and break-through designers in our Milan 2019 photo report.

 

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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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019

On February 12, 2019 · 0 Comments

Last week twentytwentyone ventured to Stockholm for the annual Furniture Fair, our first design event of the year. It was a great opportunity to discover innovative design and new collections while catching up with some familiar faces.

View some of our highlights below.

 

 

London Design Festival 18 – Edit ’18

On September 2, 2018 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone-edit-18-exhibition

twentytwentyone will host Edit ’18, an exhibition of innovative and enduring new designs, many of which are seen for the first time in the UK as part of the London Design Festival.

The curated edit combines newly released historical designs with contemporary launches, in an eclectic yet harmonious exhibition. Central to the exhibition’s remit is to explore the varied approaches to material, process and form. A host of materials including wood, wool, concrete, paper and steel will reflect a diverse range of techniques, handcrafted and machine-made.

Eminent twentieth-century designers Børge Mogensen, Bodil Kjær and Pierre Paulin will be relaunched alongside respected contemporary counterparts with new works by Barber Osgerby, R&E Bouroullec, Pauline Deltour, Cecilie Manz, Tiipoi, Sebastian Wrong and Jun Yasumoto.

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

Private View: Tues 18th September 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition runs 19th – 23rd September.
Wednesday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm, Sunday 11.00 – 5.00pm

 

Edit '18 brands

 

The daybed – an everyday essential

On September 7, 2015 · 0 Comments

Daybed One by Another Country

At this time of year the focus inevitably shifts to spending more time indoors. In addition to benefiting from a particularly comforting name (what could be more enticing than the prospect of a bed you can lie about on all day?) the day bed proves itself to be a welcome retreat from the increasingly Autumnal nip in the air – and something of a design icon to boot.

As a piece of furniture, the daybed owes its enduring popularity to a winning mix of elegance and solid practicality. On the one hand, it exudes a certain chic and seems designed to accommodate a particularly sophisticated mode of lounging. Unsurprising then this refined piece of furniture was explored to great effect by arch-modernists such as Eileen Grey and Mies van der Rohe.

Barcelona Daybed designed by Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 Barcelona Pavilion

Paring the sofa back to its essential elements as a practical machine for living, the day bed was a furniture type perfectly tuned to the modernist sensibility.

The Barcelona Day Bed designed by Mies for his German pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona international exhibition, for example, is a true design icon and one of the most celebrated and coveted pieces of twentieth century furniture to this day.

OW 150 daybed designed in 1949 by Ole Wanscher, manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son

Ole Wanscher’s OW150 day bed, designed for Carl Hansen in 1949, is similarly purist in approach, distilling the day bed to a series of simple forms crafted and finished to the very highest standards.

By contrast, William Plunkett’s Kingston Day Bed of 1967 pursued the same elemental refinement but blended it with an expressive quality which is wholly characteristic of its decade.

Kingston daybed by William Plunkett in 1967At the same time, however, the daybed has a very a warm and homely appeal and has been a staple of Scandinavian interiors for decades.

With its clean lines, finely-turned solid wooden base and mattress and bolster hand-crafted using organic coir and lambswool, Daybed One is a rigourously practical and multi-tasking piece of furniture which also happens to be extremely easy on the eye.

Daybed One by Another Country

A big part of the day bed’s popularity is the fact that it takes up less space than many sofas. Consequently it can be fitted into small or awkward spots where a conventional sofa simply wouldn’t work.

Daybed One by Another Country

By day it serves as a comfortable place to sit and chat, read a book or nap, and its base even doubles as a coffee table.

The base of Another Countrys' Daybed One doubles as a coffee table

And by night, it provides an extra bed for guests or family members. However, unlike even the most comfortable conventional sofa, Daybed One provides a surface which is actually designed to be slept on. The mattress can also be replaced, should you so wish – a degree of flexibility not afforded by the standard sofa.

This unique combination of design integrity and adaptability makes Daybed One a contemporary classic and ensures that the daybed continues to be a much-loved addition to living spaces worldwide.

Daybed One by Another Country

An enduring classic: the Royal System

On August 4, 2015 · 0 Comments

Storage is a perennial problem in most households, so any shelving system that combines adaptability, flexibility and efficiency with sheer good looks is sure to stand the test of time.

The dk3 Royal System is just such a product. It was designed in 1948 as the world’s first wall-hung furniture system, immediately establishing itself as an exemplary twentieth century shelving system and a landmark in Danish design – and it remains as popular as ever in the present day.

An enduring design classic: the Royal System

Celebrated Danish designer Poul Cadovius developed the original concept for the Royal System in 1948 as a means of freeing up valuable floor space from ever-increasing clutter.

As Cadovius observed, ‘Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we were to use the walls in the same way we use the floor, we would get more space to live in.’

Designed in 1948 and still in production: the Royal System

Cadovius’s pioneering design was an international success, thanks to its pared back elegance and peerless adaptability.

This modular system of handsome shelves, cupboards and work station units could be configured to suit each unique living environment – and then extended or reconfigured as required to accommodate changes in use.

The Royal System is infinitely adaptable

Now relaunched by Danish manufacturers dk3, the Royal System is made to the same exacting standards that ensured its initial success.

In addition to its classic Scandinavian styling and its flexibility, the Royal System is distinguished by its ease of installation.

twentytwentyone is proud to be a stockist of an enduring classic of modern design and a product that has brought order, efficiency and visual delight to countless living and working spaces over the decades.

Detail of the Royal System work station module

 

icons of modern design currently on sale at twentytwentyone

On July 3, 2015 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone’s summer contemporary furniture sale includes some of the most iconic examples of modern designer furniture, now available with significant discounts.

Royal System shelving

The Royal System is widely recognised both as a benchmark in twentieth century wall shelving design and as an exemplar of midcentury Danish design. Designed in 1948 by Poul Cadovius and recently relaunched by DK3, it consists of a set of standard shelves and desk, drawer and cupboard units which can be combined to create a personalised storage system.

In addition to its typically streamlined Scandinavian styling, the beauty of the Royal System is that it can be reconfigured or extended with ease to adapt to changes in use. It is exclusively available from twentytwentyone and is currently discounted by 15% in the furniture sale.

Dining Table One by Another Country

Another Country is a relatively young design firm but their products are already being heralded as classics of contemporary design. Inspired by both the British and Scandinavian traditions of woodworking, Dining Table One is a refined yet sturdy centrepiece in solid oak, crafted in Europe and currently 15% off in our designer furniture sale.

CH 24 chair by Hans Wegner

The CH 24 is the first chair that Hans Wegner designed for esteemed Danish manufacturers Carl Hansen & Son. Also known as ‘the Wishbone Chair’ on account of its elegantly shaped Y-back, the CH 24‘s gracious curves and enduring appeal have ensured its place in the canon of modern chair design.

This chair is now 15% off in the modern furniture sale. Several one-off, ex-display models of this chair are also in our clearance furniture sale, discounted by 25%: view here.

DSW chair by Charles & Ray Eames

Equally iconic, though very different, is the DSW Side Chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The original fibreglass version of 1950 was the first industrially manufactured plastic chair; today the DSW Side Chair is licensed to Vitra and is produced in polypropalene.

Immensely popular and much-imitated, this is perhaps the archetype of the modern chair; it is certainly one of the most readily recognisable examples of twentieth-century furniture design. Now available in a range of colours at 15% off in our furniture sale.

Reflect sideboard by Muuto

The Reflect sideboard, designed by Soren Rose for Danish manufacturer Muuto, is a thoroughly contemporary addition to the classic tradition of Scandinavian design.

The oak unit’s cupboard and drawer fronts have a subtle concave curvature that is enhanced by the play of light, lending an up-to-date twist to an exemplary piece of Danish design which is already a modern classic. Now 15% off in our furniture sale.

Tulip table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll

Eero Saarinen‘s Tulip table for Knoll is another classic of modern furniture design, with a refinement and purity of form that clearly speak of Saarinen’s early training as a sculptor.

Designed in 1957, this is a genuinely timeless piece that sits with ease and integrity in any variety of settings. Available as a coffee table or dining table in a variety of finishes, now reduced by 15% in our furniture sale.

The Penguin Donkey, designed by Egon Riss and manufactured by Isokon PlusThe Penguin Donkey was designed in 1939 by Egon Riss to hold Penguin paperbacks as well as magazines, newspapers and other books. Despite its slightly comical name, this small storage unit has a distinguished pedigree that links it to some of the stellar names in modern design.

It was manufactured by Isokon, the modernist British architectural and design practice established by Jack Pritchard that also employed Bauhaus luminaries Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Now reissued by Isokon Plus, the Penguin Donkey stands as an icon of modernism in its own right. It is now reduced by 15% in our designer furniture sale.

View twentytwentyone’s furniture sale here.

View one-off, ex-display clearance furniture sale here.

The twentytwentyone sale ends on 31 July.

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