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Frédéric Menguy

We are huge fans of the Parisian Frédéric Menguy’s work here at Midmod towers, especially the dreamy lithographs produced around Villeneuve-la-Rivière, a town he moved to in 1967, which kickstarted the blurred colourful figuration that has gone on to define him as an artist.   He not only produced paintings. His dreamlike evocations of femininity, his love of the circus and its Pierrots, the rearing horses,…

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Latest Designers

With Brexit looming, we at Modern Shows believe that never has it been more important to focus on the excellence of our home grown talent. Multi-award winning silversmith and jeweller, James Dougall (above),  exhibits internationally as well as at the V&A and Goldsmiths Hall. Although he came late to the world of designer silversmithery after…

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Booky Wook

5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written and researched book Kim Dohm – Dohmus Lucy Ryder Richardson really knows what she talking about in this superbly written and researched book. I am sure it will become an essential reference book, full of valuable and useful information. Being an Anglo Danish designer it’s great to see…

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Marden Hill

Joining The Modern Marketplace this month is DANAD Design. This company founded by two members of the Marden Hill house collective ignited the Pop Art movement in Britain and created works that Liberty, Heals and Harrods could not get enough of in the Sixties, Unknown print left at Marden Hill between 1958-62 Originally the lovechild of Barry Daniels (DAN) and Tom Adams (AD), two friends…

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Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjærholm’s work whispers rather than shouts. A huge fan of game changing artists and architects Piet Mondrian, Gerrit Rietveld and Mies van der Rohe, the man who preferred to call himself a furniture architect than designer looked to metal while his contemporaries experimented with wood.  Rather than simply creating an indestructible skeleton structure, he wanted to show…

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Interiors Scoop

There is plenty more to mid-century dealers than they are given credit for. They not only have a vast amount of knowledge, quite a few of them have a very good eye. Just head over to our Modern Marketplace and drop in on Retrouvius, a company famed for reclaim and interior projects. Or Vintage Unit – a favourite with pubs…

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Hollywood or bust

What would you do if you had to choose between your new career as a furniture designer or working on the set of The Avengers with a cast you never dreamed you would share the screen with?  Thankfully Olivia Scott-Taylor did not have to make the choice.  While she spent most of last year working on The Avengers…

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Letter from Robin Day

‘An early design showing a clearly articulated structure. The slim steel rod frame cradles a shaped upholstered unit and timber arms which can also serve as shelves for glasses etc’ (Robin Day,2007) Back in 1951 Gerd Hay-Edie received a letter from the highly acclaimed designer, Robin Day. In it he said, “Of all the rugs which…