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Furnish your home with design classics priced to suit all pockets from carefully selected top dealers at the first Northern pop-up event from Modern Shows®, whose popular biannual Midcentury Modern® fair and Midcentury East show attracts interiors fans from around Europe looking to shop for the best in collectable vintage furniture and design for the home.    Established in 2002 and described as “more of a destination than a show” and “design heaven”, Modern Shows presents top midcentury dealers in furniture, ceramics, glass, clocks, industrial, art and posters.

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Anyone who has ever visited the awe-inspiring Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Yorkshire will understand how excited the founders of Modern Shows, were when they got the call to  ‘pop up’ at this stunning David Chipperfield building. The show of 30 to 35 dealers primed for February next year will attract thousands of visitors not only for its location but also for the fact that this is the first time in 14 years that Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson have travelled North to host one of their celebrated Midcentury Modern® shows.

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 “We have had this seed of an idea to show in or around Manchester or Leeds for some time and kept trying to find venues but had not been able to find anything we felt comfortable with,” says Ryder Richardson. “When we stopped thinking about it, Hepworth Wakefield plopped perfectly into our laps. The team behind this outstanding gallery asked if we would come to them. We never had to put a bid in. We couldn’t be happier with the collaboration.”

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The Hepworth Gallery’s Brutal exterior, designed as ten trapezoidal blocks, attracts architects from all over the world and could not be more of a perfect fit for Modern Shows® who are known for the architecture they show in. The first building in the UK to be clad with self-compacting pigmented concrete, made on site at the time, the gallery has rooms filled with natural light and a wonderful peaceful feeling that comes from being near boats and water. 
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This £35 million gallery (opened in May 2011 and voted the Uk’s ‘museum of the year 2017’ by The Art Fund) likes to hold sales every now and then as a way of extending their remit to art lovers in the North West and beyond.  Modern Shows® will be situated in one of the more industrial buildings in the formerhind the gallery where the Calder mobiles used to hang. All visitors will come across the bridge over the river Calder and through the modern part of the museum where they will be invited to view the 44 plaster and aluminum working models donated by Dame Barbara Hepworth’s family free of charge as well as attend the exhibition for a small entry fee. 

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On show will be the kinds of beautiful pieces that would have graced the homes of Barbara Hepworth and her contemporaries, not to mention the houses of people she sold her pieces to. There was a huge explosion of creativity in the mid 20th century with artists and designers inspiring each other. The Hepworth Gallery is keen to show the links between the two with selling pop ups like Midcentury Modern®.

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 Sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Naum Gabo not to mention artists including Picasso and Miro inspired designers of the Midcentury Modern movement including the Eames, Finn Juhl, Lucienne Day, Stig Lindberg and Alexander Girard as founder Lucy is keen to illustrate in her books – her first book 100 Midcentury Chairs and their stories is currently getting five star reviews on Amazon. 

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You will be able to chat to dealers and purchase the work of Dutch, Scandinavian, American, British and Brazilian furniture designers, French and Italian lighting and beautiful midcentury silver jewellery from fabulous Dane and resident ‘viking’ archaeologist Inge O Connor. It’s worth noting that Wakefield used to be known as the Scandinavian capital of West Riding because of the amount of Danes who settled there after York was captured by the Vikings in 867 AD.

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There will also be indestructible industrial design too for people who like to mix organic modernism with something more raw in order to reflect Wakefield and its industrial roots.

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The Hepworth Wakefield is a wonderful place to visit. Close to the Yorkshire sculptor park it takes you back to a bygone age. You are even given a rendition of the ‘Hovis’ theme tune as you come out of Wakefield train station.

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If you are planning a weekend trip you won’t be disappointed as you alight for both Hepworth,Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park from the same place. Plan your visit here .

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Midcentury Modern® at The Hepworth Wakefield

3 – 4 February 2018

10am – 4pm

£5 / £3 Advance / £2 Member advance  

Get ready for original pieces from Eames, Jacobsen, Sarpaneva and Wegner from the time Barbara Hepworth was at her peak.   Impatient to see the kinds of pieces that will be on show? Head to the Modern Shows website or midcentury_modern on instagram

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