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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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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,…

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Robin Day’s 675

It is always exciting to hear a behind the scenes story like the one where a sixty year old lady  came to our Lord’s show hoping to find a rare table her grandfather had created. Serendipity was kind and within minutes she had spotted it on one of the stands and offered to buy it.…

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The Ultimate High Chair by Royal Approval

To celebrate the birth of HRH Prince George, The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers ran a competition to “select a designer with the very best design to make a high chair celebrating excellence of British furniture design and craftsmanship”. Katie Walker one of our favourite furniture designers won it. As a stand holder upstairs in…