London Design Festival: Edit ’17

On August 31, 2017 · 0 Comments

Edit '17 for London Design Festival 2017

For this year’s London Design Festivaltwentytwentyone hosts an exhibition of classic and contemporary designs that reflect a creative mix of materials, construction and form.

Edit ’17 explores the use of the essential raw materials of wood, metal and glass, and their treatment and amalgamation. Each work has been selected on its individual strength and represents a distinct approach to material use, structure and form.

The exhibition marks the UK launch of new designs by Michael Anastassiades and Richard Woods/Sebastian Wrong alongside relaunched historical designs by Robin Day and Friso Kramer/Wim Rietveld.

While diverse in design, the works displayed are unified by a desire to create enduring and individual furniture and lighting.

Edit 17 will be on show at the River Street showroom 20th – 24th September as part of the Islington Design District.

Celebrating plywood

On July 20, 2017 · 0 Comments

Alvar Aalto's Paimio chair, on display at the V&A's plywood exhibitionCurrently showing at the V&A, ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ celebrates the incredibly diverse applications of an often overlooked material.

The exhibition explores how plywood has been used to design and construct objects large and small, from architecture and aeroplanes to skateboards and sewing machine covers.

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Unsurprisingly, the use of plywood in furniture design forms a significant portion of the show.

An enviable array of chairs, tables and stools are on display, from icons of twentieth-century design to lesser-known but no less fascinating pieces.

Objects from the exhibtion 'Plywood: Material of the Modern World' at the V&A

Inspired by the show, we have compiled our own tribute to plywood, selecting our favourite designs formed using this remarkable material.

Ranging in scale from furniture to homewares, twentytwentyone’s pick of plywood pieces includes modernist icons such as the Paimio chair by Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer‘s Short chair (both of which appear in the V&A exhibition)…

Alvar Aalto, Paimio chairMarcel Breuer, Short chair… to mid-century classics by Charles and Ray Eames and Norman Cherner.

LCW calfskin chair by Charles and Ray EamesCherner armchair by Norman ChernerContemporary designers including Jasper Morrison and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec continue to explore the potential of plywood…

Hal ply tube chair by Jasper Morrison for VitraBelleville chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra… and we couldn’t neglect designs at a slightly smaller scale, such as the Tricorne tray by Robin Day.

Tricorne tray by Robin Day‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ is on at the V&A until November, but you can enjoy our own plywood edit from the comfort of your own home.

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter

On May 9, 2017 · 0 Comments

Childsply chair by Robin Day for twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online.

Also included are details of our forthcoming Day for Flowers exhibition as part of the Lucienne Day centenary celebrations.

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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.

Winter woollens

On October 26, 2016 · 0 Comments

Eleanor Pritchard Sourdough throw

Throws and blankets come into their own at this time of year, whether draped over sofas and lounge chairs or layered on beds.

twentytwentyone’s choice selection of classic and contemporary woollen rugs and cushions will bring softness, colour and textural contrast to your home – while helping to fend off the winter chills.

Sourdough wool throw by Eleanor Pritchard

Eleanor Pritchard‘s woven wool throws and cushions are rooted in an appreciation of mid-century textile design while remaining distinctly modern in appearance. All Pritchard’s designs are hand-woven on traditional ‘dobcross’ shuttle looms at a small mill in West Wales.

The Sourdough throw (above) and cushion (below) are woven from a yarn that blends the wool of Welsh mountain, Jacob and Suffolk lowland sheep.

Rustic in texture (much like the bread after which it is named) yet graphic in pattern and colouring, the Sourdough range marries wool-working craft and heritage with a very modern sensibility.

Sourdough cushion by Eleanor Pritchard

View the full range of Eleanor Pritchard’s designs at twentytwentyone here.

By contrast, Wallace Sewell have drawn inspiration for their new bespoke collection of woollen throws and cushions from the richly coloured, geometric paintings of contemporary artist Chung Eun Mo.

Lloyd throws and cushions by Wallace Sewell, exclusively for twentytwentyone

Designers Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell are well known for their striking use of colour intricately arrayed in geometric blocks, and the new collection they have designed exclusively for twentytwentyone is no exception.

Lloyd (above) and River (below) combine bold and subtle shades woven in softest 100% lambswool to create a family of throws and cushions that will both compliment and provide contrast with any interior.

River throws and cushions by Wallace Sewell, exclusive to twentytwentyone

View Wallace Sewell designs at twentytwentyone here.

Mourne Textiles produces woven fabrics of exceptional design and quality using the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland.

The company was originally founded by Norwegian designer Gerd Hay-Edie whose distinctive textiles were used as upholstery fabrics by, amongst others, Robin Day, Gordon Russell, Conran and Liberty.

Tweed throws and cushions by Mourne Textiles

Hay-Edie’s work and influence is currently celebrated in the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’, currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.

The exhibition features a Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair, loaned by twentytwentyone and upholstered in Hay-Edie’s Blazer tweed.

Mourne Textiles woollen blanket

Hay-Edie’s classic mid-century tweeds are still available in a range of richly textural, monochrome blankets and cushions woven from a ‘wild’ spun yarn from Donegal.

View all Mourne Textiles woven cushions and throws at twentytwentyone here.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

Finally, a natural sheepskin fleece offers an ideal option for those who may wish to experience wool in something closer to its original form.

twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins are derived from rare British breeds. Treated at one of the UK’s oldest tanneries, the fleeces are preserved with environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone.

Also available are long-haired fleeces from Icelandic sheep. Icelandic sheep wool has a longer length that creates a strikingly shaggy and luxuriant appearance, particularly when paired with clean-lined contemporary designs.

Long-haired Icelandic sheepkskin

A time-honoured way of creating contrast and enhancing comfort as the evenings draw in.

‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ at Margaret Howell

On October 14, 2016 · 0 Comments

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair on display as part of the exhibition 'Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver' at Margaret Howell

A Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair loaned by twentytwentyone is currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.

Upholstered in a classic tweed woven by Mourne Textiles and designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s, the chair forms part of the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ which opened with a private view on 12th October.

Gerd Hay-Edie
Norwegian-born Gerd Hay-Edie (1909-1997) was an influential textile designer whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

After settling in Ireland in the 1950s, Hay-Edie founded a hand-weaving workshop after failing to find a suitable means of production for the textiles she was designing at the time.

Today, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to ensure her classic mid-century designs remain in production while staying entirely faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

Mourne Textiles' workshop in Ireland

Hay-Edie produced several textile designs for specifically for Robin Day, and her Blazer Mourne tweed was used to cover a High, Wide and Handsome chair in the Days’ own home.

It was particularly apposite, therefore, that this was the fabric chosen by Margaret Howell when she was invited to upholster a Robin Day Reclining Chair as part of twentytwentyone’s celebration of Robin Day’s Centenary.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair

Celebrating the vision and expertise of two significant forces in mid-century British design, the Margaret Howell Centenary Edition Reclining Chair takes its place in the exhibition alongside other other examples of Hay-Edie’s work and a loom from Mourne Textile’s studio.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in situ(Photo courtesy of: Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation)

The exhibition is on display at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, until Sunday 30th October.

View the Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair here.

twentytwentyone is 20: April

On April 15, 2016 · 0 Comments

Robin and Lucienne Day

twentytwentyone celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. We are marking this occasion with a series of editorials celebrating the people, designs and occasions that have been such important ingredients in our twenty year history.

In April, we are honouring those designers who have sadly passed away over the last two decades but whose pioneering and timeless work remains an enduring source of inspiration.

View the editorial in full here.

twentytwentyone is 20: February

On February 24, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone is 20

twentytwentyone was founded in 1996, making 2016 its 20th anniversary year.

We are marking this milestone with a series of monthly features and events – both in-store and online – recalling the people, designs and occasions that have been formative in our development.

In January, we launched our anniversary year with an edit of 20 favourite furniture designs launched over the past two decades. For February, we present an edit of most missed vintage designs sold since 1996.

This look back over some of the exceptional designs we have sold includes rare and highly sought-after furniture and lighting by the twentieth century’s greatest designers, including Alvar Aalto, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Geoffrey Harcourt, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Gio Ponti – as well as some anonymous and attributed designs.

View the edit in full here.

The Swivel chair by Geoffrey Harcourt

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in Tokyo

On November 11, 2015 · 0 Comments

The Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair by Margaret Howell featured in the Japanese press

The Reclining Chair is a classic of modern British design – originally created by Robin Day in 1952, re-clothed by Margaret Howell in 2015 and now exhibiting in Tokyo for the first time.

Robin Day Reclining Chair on display in Tokyo

twentytwentyone celebrated the centenary of eminent British designer Robin Day by inviting a select group of the UK’s foremost designers to upholster one of his most iconic furniture designs in a fabric of their own chosing.

Margaret Howell opted to use a classic midcentury Mourne tweed designed by the noted textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie. Further research revealed that Howell’s fabric of choice had in fact been developed by Hay-Edie following a series of meetings with Robin Day.

Moreover, Robin Day’s daughter revealed at twentytwentyone’s launch of the Robin Day Centenary Edit that this particular fabric had been used to cover another chair in Robin and Lucienne Day’s home – the High, Wide and Handsome chair designed by Robin Day in 1958.

Robin Day Reclining Edition chair, upholstered in Margaret Howell's choice of Mourne Emphasize Tweed

Margaret Howell’s tribute to Day can currently be seen on display in Tokyo, where it forms part of an exhibition of classic and contemporary furniture and household goods selected by the designer.

The exhibition of household goods selected by Margaret Howell, currently on display in Tokyo

Sitting alongside other timeless designs from Ercol, Anglepoise, Mourne Textiles and Robert Welch, the Centenary Edition Reclining chair attests to the discerning eye of Margaret Howell as well as the enduring vision of Robin Day.

Above all, it stands as a respectful and resonant tribute from one designer to another.

Margaret Howell's homewares display, including the Centenary Edition Reclining chair

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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