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 all over the UK. With 85 stands packed with gifts and items to cherish for years to come it is no wonder this show attracts a heap of celebrities including the Queen from The Crown series, Oscar Winner Olivia Colman and Spiderman star Andrew Garfield.
Designers including Jonathan Saunders, Mary Karantzou, Margaret Howell and Ally Cappellino have been spotted walking around with items snapped up from stands like Form and Function (main pic), jewellery specialists Grasilver and Hares Fur (above) and Twentieth Century Antiques from Edinburgh (below). Britain’s top furniture designers see it as a great place to get inspired.
The Liberty team, South Bank buyers, Heal’s team, Selfridges buyers, Tate Shop sources, The Crafts Council, James Bond set designers and The Conran Design team can often be seen looking for inspiration and items for their own homes.
Local SE London presenters from The Antiques Roadshow, top property developers, hedge funders, Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christies experts all love this show. But that doesn’t mean there is not something for everyone with prices from £10 – £10,000 and delivery available on site.
Expect to see dealers including Saxon from Metro Retro and the Rag and Bone’s Shere Khan who both appear in The Restorers on Quest and have their own pitches. Moses from The Bidding Room also has a stand in the cloisters but there are plenty of top UK designers including Form and Gestalt (below) and Marque Sussex (above) and brands in the Brutalist mezzanine overlooking Christison hall’s main space to add to the excitement and offering.
Lucy Ryder Richardson (BBC One The Bidding Room) and Petra Curtis run the show and also stage in a mix of midcentury and modern for developers and homeowners wanting to sell with estate agents including The Modern House and Savills. Check out their new blog modernshowspropertystaging.com @property_staging on instagram.
There are food vans on site and free parking in and around the college. With other great places to visit including the Crystal Palace triangle for antiques and The Horniman and Dulwich Picture Gallery, not to mention the famous dinosaur section in Crystal Palace Park it is a great day out. One designer even moved to Crystal Palace because she loved the area so much after a visit to one show.
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Missed out last time? Never fear! Midcentury Modern has returned to spread the interior décor joy it has in droves with a Dulwich College takeover spanning 85 top furniture dealers. It’s less rough, more diamonds – Londonist
Vintage furniture dealers and top modern designers come out in force for this excellent mid-century fair, featuring classics of British, American and Scandinavian 20th-century design from Eames to Ercol. It’s a very stylish showcase of high-quality, highly covetable furniture, lighting, art and homeware that you can buy direct from the 85 stands of vintage dealers and modern designers. Time out
Masses of covetable stuff at Dulwich College mid 20th C design fair #getin – comedienne Jenny Eclair
Modern Shows enthusiasm and commitment is inspiring – Barbara Chandler barbarachandler.co.uk Interiors – Evening Standard
This show could cause design lovers a cardiac arrest – Grand Designs
The brilliantly curated Modern Shows is a must-visit event for anyone after original mid-century design – Charlotte Abrahams, freelance design writer FT How to Spend it, Guardian, Observer, Elle.
Midcentury Modern is a dangerous show. All the must-see vintage furniture, lighting and accessories dealers in one place makes for serious temptation. Lucy and Petra organise the shows with their idiosyncratic verve and energy and in atmospheric locations so the events feel like an occasion / day out and not just a shopping experience.’ Jenny Dalton. Freelance. How To Spend It. Financial Times.
Held in the beautiful and very appropriate Christison building designed by Wates in the Sixties, this show is stuffed with all the recognisable classics of Scandinavian, American and British heroes of 20C design. It’s like visiting a design museum where you can sit on the classics, talk to knowledgable people and then take the exhibits home with you. I enjoy every show immensely and would recommend this show to any lover of design – Matthew Hilton, furniture designer
Just found out the Midcentury Modern show in Dulwich College is the same weekend I’m out of London! #absolutelygutted @modernshows – Anna Quayle, Editor
Their shows are literally a shoppers paradise whether you’re looking for collectable one-offs or small gift items. Get a ticket for the next show now! – Michelle Mason, designer and shop owner, Mason & Painter
Beans on toast for the rest of the month after out visit to @modernshows, so much lovely furniture – Elliw Gwawr
Nothing compares to the standard and quality of their shows – Haji and White
What a great venue with a nice atmosphere and quality pieces – David, Sigmar London
This is a great day out, a well-loved, friendly show – Chris -Vintage Unit
Still good after all these years, Rob -The Modern Warehouse
Damn you @modernshows and your beautiful vintage furniture. #Quality – @absolutebombs