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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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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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A Modern Day Bed with Midcentury Pedigree

This month in The Modern Marketplace we are proud to announce an exciting collaboration between the SHEILA BOWNAS archive and furniture brand PARLOUR.  THE EDWIN SOFA is  the product of Parlour’s collaboration with Chelsea of Sheila Bownas, a beautiful piece inspired by the versatile daybeds of the 1950s. Rich solid walnut pairs beautifully with a range of printed linens from the…

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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…

It’s all Hush Hush

We are so excited Freyja Sewell will be joining the Midcentury Modern fold this September at our pop up of 18 dealers and designers on the ground floor of the Old Sorting Office, New Oxford St at the biggest show of The London Design Festival, Design Junction. Ever since we climbed into her womb of a…

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Goldfinger Going Going Gone

Snap up the Goldfinger Haggerston mug  by ensuring you get into our spanking new show in East London early. Modern Shows (Midcentury Modern and The Midcentury Show) commissioned People Will Always Need Plates to produce a limited run of just 300 of our favourite china cups to christen our  inaugural launch at controversial Sixties architect Erno…