twentytwentyone’s September newsletter

On September 1, 2017 · 0 Comments

Achille Castiglioni Libreria Pensile bookcase for Karakter

Our September newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online, from a new throw by Wallace Sewell to the classic and contemporary designs by produced by discerning Danish manufacturer Karakter.

Also included is a date for your diary: Edit ’17 is our exhibition for the 2017 London Design Festival.

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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.

twentytwentyone London Design Festival newsletter

On September 7, 2016 · 0 Comments

Wallace Sewell's new collection for twentytwentyone

twentytwentyone’s September newsletter is here, with news of the designs which are to be launched as part of this year’s London Design Festival.

Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of 20 exhibitions hosted over the past two decades, from design launches and historical reviews to charity events.

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Wrap up well for winter

On November 3, 2015 · 0 Comments

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The clocks have gone back, the leaves are starting to fall and the sofa beckons. Fortunately, twentytwentyone have an array of throws, blankets and fleeces - ranging from contemporary textiles to mid-century designs – that will lend warmth, comfort and visual interest to your soft furnishings.

Woven Tweed throw designed by Gerd Hay Edie and made by Mourne Textiles

Recently profiled in The Guardian, Mourne Textiles is a family-run business based in Northern Ireland with distinguished design pedigree. Mourne was founded in the 1950s by celebrated textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie, whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

In the present day, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to bring these classic mid-century designs back into production while remaining faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

A range of Mourne Tweeds designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s

Mourne’s range of throws, blankets and cushions are handmade at the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland, situated in the foothills of the Mourne mountains in County Down.

At once refined and rustic, their unique texture and tones are at home in the most minimal of decorative schemes as well as more traditional interiors.

Tweed Emphasize charcoal grey throw by Mourne Textiles

By contrast, Wallace Sewell is a London and Dorset-based woven textile design studio established in the 1990s by RCA graduates Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell.

Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Designed on hand-looms in London and Dorset and produced at a family-run mill in Lancashire, Wallace Sewell’s designs are distinguished by their original use of colour and yarn structures.

These richly intricate woven throws feature geometric blocks of colour which appear to blur and dissolve into each other, appearing striking from a distance and equally fascinating in detail.

A detail of the intricate and richly coloured Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Finally, for those who prefer their wool in its original form, twentytwentyone has a range of natural sheepskin fleeces.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

The habit of placing a fleece on a streamlined contemporary sofa or chair is a staple of modernist interiors, and architects and designers as disparate as Alvar Aalto and Eileen Grey have delighted in creating contrast – and enhancing comfort – in this way.

A sheepskin fleece placed on the Colonial chair designed by Ole Wanscher for Carl Hansen

Using fleeces obtained from a range of rare British breeds, twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins come from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries.

Produced using environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone, and perfectly suited to being casually slung over your vintage DAR or nestling in your Flag Halyard chair.

Hans Wegner's Flag Halyard chair is designed to embrace a sheepskin fleece.

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