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.

Mini Stacked shelving system by Muuto: How to be specific and generic altogether?

On April 16, 2013 · 0 Comments

Mini Stacked shelving system manufactured by Muuto designed by JDS architects

In their own words, Julien de Smedt / JDS architects  ‘decided to dimension shelving units based on the generic measurements of things to store and display while allowing for them to be combined according to specific needs and desires… the result can be at times a random stack of boxes or a coordinated grid of efficient storage… or both!’

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