Joining us at this Midcentury Modern® is a wealth of inspiring designers to help make your house a real home. Mix it up with collectable treasures from the best of the UK’s vintage dealers with a couple of European ones thrown in for good measure.
Interested in the ‘infinite variations of the handmade’ and ‘soothing qualities of repetitive patterns’, artist and weaver Christabel Balfour creates stunning rugs, intricate tapestries and homewares all on her 1976 Harris floor loom from her South East London workshop balancing simplicity with detail and geometry with organic form.
British designer/maker Anna Champeney will be flying over an exciting new collection of 100% merino wool throws and cushions inspired by Bauhaus, Brutalism and OpArt from her workshop in Galicia, Northern Spain. “As a Norfolk teenager the Brutalist campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich by Denys Lasdun made a big impact on me. I loved nothing better than organising “fashion shoots” with friends with the backdrop of spiral stairwells, raised concrete walkways and dramatic blocks.”
The fabulous Oggetto will be taking part with their latest Chesil furniture range gracefully combining steel and oak. Handmade in Dorset, the range is named after the 18-mile pebble beach which makes up part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, famous for being one of the natural wonders of the world.
Also focusing on oak but this time with concrete is Solid Soul Design, established in 2001 by brothers Brendan and Kieron McSherry and specialising in contemporary handmade furniture for homes and public spaces with clients including Jamie Oliver, The Chelsea Flower Show, St Thomas’s Hospital and Motorola.
We have the fantastic Wallplayper with stylish but fun wallpaper which inspires children to play, be creative and interact with their surroundings whilst looking great at the same time. With not a ballerina, princess or footballer in sight, children’s rooms no longer need to be the usual shades of pink and blue.
Making a welcome return is Brilliant Neon who lit up the end of the Upper Gallery with their stunning creations. This time we are excited to see them launch a collaboration with bubble writer Linda Scott, designer and author of multiple activity books for children and teenagers. For their joint collection they chose four of her fabulous statements and transformed them into large neon works of art, ready to light up any home, office, public house or eatery.
Also showing: talented mother and daughter duo, Sally and Olivia McGill with handmade ceramics hot off the wheel from the studio in Clerkenwell. Irish brand Waffle returns with a sumptuous array of hand-finished cushions, rugs and throws made from organic cotton and produced by a fairtrade community group in Kerala. Self. brings exquisitely restored and re-engineered bespoke midcentury furniture. We can’t get enough of Thorsten van Elten’s beady eye and are excited to welcome the launch of an eclectic mix of German vintage paraphernalia including his retro German garden gnomes and some inspired modern designs from his favourite German contemporaries. Chalk Wovens will be in attendance with their unputdownable throws, so warm you have to walk around in them. Wendy Kaye brings colour in buckets with bold Scandinavian style textiles while Clara Castner’s delightful textured tall ceramic vases will have everyone diving for their wallets. Humblesticks launch a new copper pipe lighting range and Abalon will have unique handmade porcelain candles for sale. Look out for Sue Parker’s elegant plant holders, bright and colourful Grace-Hill Stationery and Kevin Dutton’s beautiful plant photographs.
Get tickets now for March 19th and if you can’t make this Midcentury Modern® head for Midcentury East on Sunday 15 October in Hackney.