We always get really excited when our November show comes around as it is always the most popular with contemporary designers getting busy with it before clocking off for Christmas. To add to our usual Midcentury master dealers we have a host of incredible contemporaries. One designer we are proud to introduce you to is Jo Elbourne, a designer and maker based in Margate, who, fresh from a commission for Carl Hansen & Søn at Stockholm Furniture Fair as featured in the 2018 catalogue, brings a new twist to woven seats. Working her magic by manipulating string and dyed paper-cord in different directions Elbourne produces spanking new abstract, decorative seating that has its roots in the ancient craft of seat-weaving. By breathing new life back into vintage chairs and stools with sentimental value she hopes to create pieces of art to be treasured for years to come.
We love Campbell Cole’s hanging Oyster wallets so much we put our money where our mouth is and purchased one each at Design Junction during Design Week. So you can imagine how pleased we were when the designers said they would love to do the Midcentury Modern show. Campbell Cole creates meticulously designed, seasonless accessories for those who share an appreciation for the confidently understated. The duo are known for using their off cuts to inspire them into creating pieces like the leather ball keyrings you will be able to purchase at the show.
Brothers Sam Burke Phillips and James Marshall Phillips built their business around a mutual love for furniture and the perfect dowel and joint. Clean, contemporary, with a nod to Danish midcentury modern, they create stunning handmade furniture that can be handed down through the generations in limited editions that are branded and numbered. The brothers both trained to cut and fit using traditional methods similar to those employed by craftsmen of the 19th Century Cotwolds Arts and Craft movement and can boast a commendation from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design. The name Burke & Marshall comes from their Grandfather who, as assistant attorney general, headed up the civil rights division under the JFK administration in America and helped write and bring about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Burke & Marshall
Also new to the show is Animaro bringing playfulness to everyday objects with a range of kinetic smalls. The new Solstice clock, hot off the heels of its premiere at London Design Fair, turns the passing of time into a work of art. The clock face slowly changes shape throughout the day depending on the time. At midday when the sun is higher in the sky the clock is at its largest. At 6pm it is at its smallest. Also on show will be the Crane Lamp, a fun, movable lamp inspired by the shape of the Crane bird extending its neck to catch prey. It can be positioned at any height by its user and will effortlessly glide into position. Matt uses high quality materials from sustainable sources and skilled manufacturers with all parts being assembled in the UK to create his dynamic and adventurous pieces.
Last minute sign up Sansho sources lighting, ceramics, textiles and kitchenware directly from Japan. We are very excited to have they British husband and Japanese wife team on board.
Moving away from British throwaway culture, all furniture designer Alan Flannery’s pieces are carefully considered and crafted with great care and precision by hand. Each edition is from a limited edition of fifty with a bespoke service also offered to cater to a client’s needs. Custom pieces are made to fit a brief, or space or suit a particular personality.
Alan Flannery Furniture Design
Louisa Pacifico introduces us to four talented designers: ceramicists Jo Davies and Ikuko Iwamoto, paper embroiderer Claire Coles, jewellery designer Myia Bonner and a furniture designer with a fascination for coloured pixels Kevin Stamper. Pacifico represents a select collection of design and craft led businesses that produce the finest home accessories, furniture, jewellery and fashion accessories and presents them in a shop in Marylebone.
Claire Coles above and Jo Davies below
And look for many many more in our contemporary section including jewellery from Grasilver.
Also NEW look for Tuwi, Byocular, Heti’s Scarves, Geometrie, one we made earlier, AnthologyFive, Alice Robson
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Returning to the show are some of our all time favourites Design Bros with their exciting graphic and sculptural furniture including their new Kaku sideboard and Living Room. Designer Joanne Coe used to be a buyer and product developer for companies including Made.com. Mourne Textiles founded by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950’s who collaborated with The Days and Terence Conran is keeping it in the family with grandson Mario and Karen Hay-Edie, master weaver and daughter of Gerd at the helm. Sally Nencini is back with her beautiful knitted blankets and children toys, 20th Century Cloth with its midcentury-inspired cushions and fabrics. Kate Hodgson is a must for the ladies looking to hint at Christmas presents with stunning jewellery created with precious and semi precious stones. Looking for prints? Linescapes and Natasha Barton produce lovely London-loyal landscapes. Renush with a stunning range of moulded leather fashion accessories. Mother and daughter team Mustard and Ivy will be bringing Pop Art style cushions and cards to the upstairs contemporary room. London Terrariums self-contained eco-systems brings the serendipity of an outdoor garden into the home yet again. GAS Gallery, the London based contemporary art gallery and art consultancy returns with experienced Curator and Art Director Gina Cross at the helm. Kevin Dutton has been a photographer for over 20 years and worked for amongst many others Apple Inc, The RHS, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Times, BBC, Channel 4, HarperCollins, Loewy, Saatchi & Saatchi and Deutsche Bank. He is also a regular contributor to Getty Images. Sophie Home returns with affordable quality products that are contemporary, colourful and stylish. Having taken a few years out from the show to concentrate on her family we welcome her back once again with her fabulous, bold throws and cushions which enhance many a living room space around London including Midcentury Modern® founding partners Lucy and Petra’s homes.
Alice Robson below