Midcentury Modern® hots up

Just found out the Midcentury Modern show in Dulwich College is the same weekend I’m out of London! #absolutelygutted @modernshows

We are so excited by the new designers and dealers heading to Midcentury Modern® on Sunday 17th November we don’t want you to miss out. Expect an array of goodies both midcentury and modern for design lovers to peruse or take home. Get your tickets here for our annual Christmas show.

The team at Modern Shows® has made darned sure that there are plenty of unique quality pressies that won’t look like everyone else’s gifts and there are a few treats in there for you too. We do our Christmas shopping at this show and hope you enjoy the experience. Being in walking distance from Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village and Dulwich park and 5 mins drive from the famous Horniman museum makes it a fantastic day out for all ages and with food on site, buggy park and plenty of parking we try and make it as trouble free as possible. 


Mix with celebs, fashionistas, interior designers and instagram influencers while you chat to more than 60 vintage experts in furniture, lighting, rugs, ceramics, posters and art on the ground floor of the brutalist Christison Hall and spread throughout three huge rooms in the Victorian red brick cloisters. Don’t miss 28 brilliant modern designers upstairs in the gallery and on the mezzanine, our contemporary section of Christison Hall, which should be perfect to mix in with your midcentury finds.


One of our all time favourite brands Darkroom makes a welcome return to the show after fifteen years. Expect bold graphic designs and tempting craft-led creations that are totally on point, art led and strive to make great design accessible for all. A successful London store for 7 years, founders Rhonda and Lulu are now pushing the online side of things while hosting exciting workshops, unusual pop-up experiences and collaborations that have driven the brand from strength to strength. Expect their signature blocks of vivid colour and strong shapes at the show.

John Eadon, designer maker and Heals Discovers’ 2018 finalist, draws inspiration from past craft techniques as well as his rural childhood. He still designs from the family farm in Warwickshire, producing hand-crafted furniture from a renovated workshop. His collections are functional and versatile but have a very feminine appeal. The MIMA collection is a voyage of discovery through the process and techniques involved with Windsor chair making. Spindles are a dominant feature of the range allowing light in, around and through the furniture. We particularly love the Trellis range, a multifunctional, free standing shelving system that can be displayed in a variety of formations, accessible from both sides so great as a room divider which can be added to and reworked in new settings to suit the space.

THE REGULAR, another newbie, will be bringing some kickass leather and quilted creations including a new take on the leather tote. Longtime friends Vic and Bex came up with the collection after noticing a gap in the market. A background in global luxury brands made them search far and wide for “the perfect tote”. Coupled with the pair’s fondness for the 70s distinct bohemian vibe , they created pieces that would stand the test of time. Beautiful objects to be cherished. Both practical and timeless, the bags are made to improve with age. Vic and Bex controlled every part of the process until they were happy with how the product looked and felt. You’ll find a selection of fabulous quilted and leather totes plus more treats on their stand. We can not wait to get our hands on a tote, each.

NAT MAKS premieres with a stunning new marbled wallpaper range, handprinted using the traditional Japanese art of Suminagashi. Based at Resort Studios in Margate, German designer and illustrator Natascha Maksimovic worked in the film industry for Ridley Scott, yes Ridley Scott, prior to setting up her own studio where she creates paper using various techniques such as marbling, watercolours, lino and screen printing to produce art prints, greeting cards and wallpaper. She also holds regular workshops in the art of Suminagashi too. Come along and chat to Nat about this extraordinary Japanese form of art at the show, you will find her up in the contemporary room.  Keep scrolling for Midcentury below.

Modern designers we have one space left if you are interested contact Tanya@modernshows.com and March applications are now open too

In the midcentury section find Clapton’s own Studio Yaya, a collaboration between Marine Edith Crosta and Supreme commerce manager Daniel Smith, of sensitively curated unique antiques and decorative objects from Italy and the South of France, where they have a house. The couple’s skill at mixing art deco with 1930s to 1970s midcentury shows a keen eye for quirks in design, texture and the balance of materials used – natural stone, parchment, rosewood or solid brass. All pieces are sourced and restored by the pair with great care and attention to detail.

Expect glorious glassware and earthenware from the likes of Holmegaard, Per Lütken, Stig Lindberg, Elme Glasbruk, Helena Tynell and Nanny Still from Nightingale Art & Design. Another new addition to the show, a fascination for Scandinavian design and glass began fifty years ago when Martin Whatley and a friend embarked on a journey to Helsinki, Finland, in Whatley’s old Volkswagen beetle. Said friend Tony wanted to further his study and decided the only place to do that was Helsinki under the tuition of none other than Alvar Aalto. Whatley had no clue who Aalto was but hasn’t looked back since. Nordic design got under his skin and now holds a firm place in his heart. And even though Whatley forged a career in fine art as a buyer for a West End gallery on his return to London, that love for simple lines and bold colour never went away. He set up his business in mid-century glass (mostly Scandinavian) on retiring from the art world and has personal pieces from his own collection mixed in with new midcentury finds. You will see stand-out pieces of glassware on his stand.

Twentieth Century Prints is the latest lovechild of former graphic designer and developer Geof Powell who has been collecting for a long time. Petra and Lucy love having him at the shows along with his fabulous wife and cohort Jenny Eclair who just happens to be a brilliant saleswoman. Often mistaken for other actors or not even recognised at all as she merges in so seamlessly with our equally eccentric dealers she regularly has us in stitches. Powell’s aim is, “to sell prints that are beautiful, decorative, affordable and accessible”. He has a keen eye for ‘limited editions’ and signed and dated artists proofs with names such as David Hockney, Henry Moore and pop-artist Gerald Laing on his roster. Seek him out on the 17th . He and Jenny love a good chat and if they can nab a sale, even better.

Head to id-electic if you are looking for modestly priced midcentury modern furniture and homeware from British brands Ercol, G Plan, McIntosh and Gordon Russell as well as some Scandinavian finds. Based in Friargate House in Penrith, in the glorious surrounds of Cumbria, locals often drop by to offer id-eclectic a piece they have had in the family for years.

Join us on Sunday 17th Nov at Dulwich College for Midcentury Modern®. SE21 7LD

For time-tiered advance tickets at £9 early bird or 2 for £10 at 1pm plus the introduction of a new 3pm for Free for people who want a last minute taster of the show click HERE. This gives you one hour to run around – perfect for hagglers and people that want to see the Victorian environs of Dulwich College and its Brutalist refectory as well as nab a last minute bargain.

Can’t make November? You might want to stick this in your diary


Written by Tanya Pateman c modernshows.com

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