Auctionet

Way back in 2011, a bunch of auctioneers, valuers, and tech-enthusiasts, deep in the trenches of a prestigious Swedish auction house, realised that the auction world was struggling to keep up with the fast-paced, tech-driven demands of the 21st century.    Warren Platner coffee table for Knoll  As charming as the classic auction model is,…

Sylvia Reid 1924 – 2022

  Midcentury royalty, designer Sylvia Reid, RIBA, CSD passed away in late August and Dominic, her son, has dedicated these words to her. They are not edited in any way.  Sylvia Reid 1924-2022 Celebrated mid-century architect and designer Sylvia Reid, whose designs brought the gleam of post-war modernism to millions of British homes, passed away…

Midcentury Modern Dulwich this NOV

After a fantastic comeback last March the Modern Shows® team can not wait to see you all again at the pre-Christmas Midcentury Modern fair of dealers and designers off the South Circular between Dulwich and Crystal Palace which is spread throughout the famous school for boys, Dulwich College and attracts customers, dealers and designers from…

Modern Made

This month we welcome Lyon & Turnbull, a leading auction house in Modern, Post War and Contemporary Design into The Modern Marketplace fold.      Known for its international reach and strong results Lyon & Turnbull sales cover all the major movements from Pre-War French and British Modernism and Art Deco, to works from the Midcentury…

Rebel Rebel

Memphis designers with Masanori Umeda’s Tawaraya Bed 1981. Courtesy Memphis Post Design Gallery. Photo © Studio Azzurro. Fed up with the current climate? Feel a rebellious streak coming on? If you haven’t yet visited Memphis: Plastic Field, we encourage you to pop and see the perfect exhibition to explore going against the fun police. It seems…

‘the show that never was’

“Above all, art should be fun,” said artist Alexander Calder best known for his huge mobile wire sculptures. And Geoffrey Powell at Twentieth Century Prints wanted to focus on exactly that with his latest exhibition, ‘the show that never was’ which, due to current restrictions, could not take place. Away from the Covid conundrum, the…

Ready Steady Bid

It might seem a tad odd to see five people huddled up tightly together along a table but at the beginning of the year, back when we could cuddle, a month before the dawning of Corona Lockdown, Lucy Ryder Richardson, Modern Shows® co-founder, author of 100 Midcentury Chairs, headed off up to Yorkshire to film…

Midcentury and Contemporary on tap this March 15

Join interior designers, influencers, collectors, auctioneers, fashion designers, art gallery owners and vintage junkies at the show with the midmod mojo, a biannual event a stones throw from Dulwich Picture Gallery and Park that is as sexy as it is sustainable. Expect to see celebrities (actor Andrew Garfield is a regular) including some of the…

Ceramics and Carmelites

The best Midcentury destinations are often the ones you just happen upon while out and about doing something totally unrelated. And this is exactly what happened to me after my love of all things holistic recently led me to a day retreat at Aylesford Priory, a Carmelite monastery in the heart of Kent in England,…

Tapio Wirkkala

 “In solitude imagination swells.” Tapio Wirkkala I have often been asked to name my favourite mid-century designer and I find it a very easy one to answer. Yes I love the Eames, the Days, Mr Jacobsen, Mr Nelson et al but my real design crush is Tapio Wirkkala. I have five pieces from the collection in…