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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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Rut Bryk

Tapio Wirkkala and his wife Rut Bryk were to Finnish midcentury ceramics what Alvar and Aino Aalto were to Finland’s furniture and architecture so how better to celebrate their 100th anniversary than with a year’s worth of celebrations. The latest of these, Rut Bryk – The Magic Box, features this key reformer of modern Finnish…

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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…

Stella Mag

Stella News

Last week we opened the shiny pages of Stella magazine to see we have been voted one of the UK’s best Interiors’ shops. October is now officially our favourite month. It kicked off with a party for a window we were invited to curate at the shop Skandium shares with Republic of Fritz Hansen in West One…

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The Chieftain

Have you ever wondered how to sit in a ‘Chieftain chair’? Well now you know.  Above is an archive pic of Finn Juhl showing us how to sit in his most lauded piece for maximum comfort. Some say the Danish master saw life as a cocktail party, others that he followed the vagaries of fashion.…

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Modernism’s best kept secret

We are proud to introduce an absolute gem of a C20th designer brought back to life thanks to the fine craftsmanship of Irish brand Ceadogán Rugs.    Mainie Jellett, one of the most important, defining Irish Artists of the 20th century, is rarely mentioned in the Interiors Press. Part of the explosion of ‘Modernism’ in 1920’s…

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Pop Up

When the marketing people behind the shop Fritz Hansen shares with Skandium offered Modern Shows a pop-up window and party in their fabulous shop and showroom at 13 Margaret St W1 we felt like we had just won the golden ticket to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. Our shows and popular web directory, The Modern Marketplace,…