Social Togetherness: Koda Munetoshi in Conversation

On April 18, 2020 · 0 Comments

Social Togetherness – twentytwentyone are honoured to work with wonderfully creative designers, makers and manufacturers and today we’re talking to Koda Munetoshi, CEO, Maruni Global Branding, Japan. Where’s home for you?

Tokyo, Japan

What are the highlights of your home-working day?

Maybe, the web-meeting by Zoom with my team.

What creative pursuits are you doing now that you ordinarily wouldn’t manage if the world were at its normal pace?

Our government has just declared the state of emergency a few days ago, so for me, the world was still at normal pace for the moment. But, from next week, the situation will be changed, so I would like to spend time to write a book (compile my know-how) to establish a brand in the international market for Japanese furniture manufactures because they’re still facing difficulties to penetrate own-brand into the international market.

Are you learning a new skill, craft or hobby?

Well, I learned how difficult to make my son finish his lunch within an hour.

What positive change might come from Covid-19 for you, or your wider community, or the world at large?

Thanks to “remote-working”, now I’m spending much, much, more time with my family, compared with before. It takes an hour (from door to door) to commute to my office, so I can spend at least 2 more hours with my family every day. I think I’m spending 3-4 hours with my kids now in a day. Before the Covid-19, I even couldn’t spend 30 min with kids in a day (weekday).
This is absolutely the positive change to me. And, a lot of fathers in Japan must agree with me, I guess.

Any interesting projects, exhibitions or launches for later this year that you can share?

Well, there is some news actually, but they need to be confidential for some more weeks.

Thank you, Koda, for taking the time to speak to us.


Social Togetherness: Mentsen in Conversation

On April 16, 2020 · 0 Comments

Social Togetherness – today we’re talking to the design duo, Mentsen. Where’s home for you?

This summer it’ll be 20 years since we both, but separately, moved to London from Japan and we feel very much at home here. We’ve been renting a lovely 1930’s flat in Forest Hill for the last 14 years. With lots of green space in our estate and in the area, we feel lucky in this strange time.

What creative pursuits are you pursuing during this slower-paced period?

Risa is working on her collages and drawings and Yasu is exploring baking more with sourdough which he’s been keeping for 10 years.

Are you learning a new skill, craft or hobby?

We are trying to learn basic Italian with the Duolingo app. We have been going to Italy for more than 15 years, but never learnt their language and have always felt slightly ashamed of not trying at least.

What positive change might come from Covid-19?

There are already some silver linings as the result of this crisis, such as cleaner air and a wider appreciation and awareness of the importance of the key workers. We hope we don’t just go back to how they were when this is over. Also, optimists in us think, maybe the world could adopt a kinder, more cooperative policy and sustainable economic model.

Any interesting projects or exhibitions for later this year?

We worked on an exhibition design for The Maker’s Eye by Crafts Council which we were just finishing installing when London went into lockdown. It will be the first exhibition at their newly renovated gallery, featuring a wide range of works from their amazing collection. We hope they can open soon.

We have designed a two-seater version of Kinoko for Zilio A&C and it was going to be shown in Milan, but we haven’t seen the final sample yet as Italy went into lockdown before we could do a photo shoot.

Any music or podcasts you would recommend?

A friend recommended the Everything is Alive podcast last week; great for taking your mind off the news a bit and wandering off in the imaginary world of objects.

Many thanks Risa and Yasu for taking the time to talk to us.



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



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 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


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