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Wee Folk

As purveyors of Midcentury Modern we are sometimes perceived as being a little bit too up our Beton Brut. So when retailer and champion of young designers and German oddities Thorsten Van Elten asked if he could bring some garden gnomes (Gartenzwerge in German) to the March Midcentury Modern® show, he was a bit surprised…

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Need for Green

Green has been making a splash for a while now in interiors as seen in the green glass bottles mixed with purple on the shelves and green Kvadrat-covered Jacobsen chairs in founding partner Lucy’s kitchen.    But when Pantone named their colour of 2017 ‘Greenery’ we knew we had the stamp of approval. When everything else…

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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…

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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,…

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Secret Cinema

You could have been living in London for more than twenty years. You might be in spitting distance from the place and still not know about one of London’s best kept secrets ‘The Cinema Museum‘. A couple of weeks ago I had the rare privilege of being invited to the viewing of a film in…

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Wilkinson’s Wonderland

Modern Shows is so impressed with the supreme talent of Midcentury Modern regular, ceramicist Louise Wilkinson, that we want everyone to see her latest collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. If you too love enchanting, story-telling illustrations or have a passion for ceramics do take a trip to see what she has created for…

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Architects Go Teeny Tiny for Charity

Ever had that dream where one of the world’s top architects designed your house? Well now you can own one, albeit a diminiutive one, designed with disabled children in mind. You just need to put in the top bid after a project led by the charity KIDS  asked twenty of the world’s leading architects to…