The 20/21 Journal

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Social Togetherness: Pat O'Leary

Ceramicist Pat O'Leary discusses her design process, from initial sketches to its realisation in clay and how the pandemic has affected her work and the studio community she works within.

Social Togetherness: Superfolk

In recent months, we find ourselves more engaged with the environment. Joanne and Geroid are the founders and designers of Superfolk and draw inspiration from the land and water of Ireland.

Social Togetherness: Ian McIntyre

Today we talk to designer Ian McIntyre about his re-engineering of the iconic Brown Betty teapot, and how its history has formed and shaped its new development. 

Social Togetherness: Inga Sempé

With many still working from home, we are doing much more preparation of food and drinks. We asked designer, Inga Sempé, to share her experiences, with reference to her design for Crane Cookware.

Social Togetherness: Bessie Austin

Austin Austin, is dedicated to producing organic skincare products using the finest natural ingredients. Today we talk to Bessie Austin, as part of our Social Togetherness series.

Social Togetherness: Mikiya Kobayashi

Today, we are talking with Mikiya Kobayashi from his studio in Tokyo. We discuss the background to the Tate Otama ladle, future projects and a positive approach to these times of change.

Social Togetherness: Spandana Gopal

Spandana Gopal, the founder of Tiipoi, talks to twentytwentyone about life in lockdown, adapting to working from home and the music that inspires her day.

Social Togetherness: Suzy Hoodless

Interior designer, Suzy Hoodless, discusses the impact of working from home on family life and the creativity and enrichment that has flourished during the pandemic.

Social Togetherness: Katherine Hoeger

As part of our Social Togetherness series, we talk to Katherine Hoeger of Nine United, to discuss her experience of lockdown and working from home highlights.

Social Togetherness: Hugo Passos

Designer Hugo Passos talks to us from Setúbal, to discuss his experience of life in lockdown, a forced reconsideration of resources and future projects.

Social Togetherness: Alex Mowat

Architect Alex Mowat talks to twentytwentyone about readjusting to a new way of working from home, creative pursuits and learning new skills during the pandemic.

And the winners are...

Our eminent panel of judges have selected the five winners of the Draw A Classic Chair Competition, each to be awarded a £100 Gift Voucher.

Social Togetherness: Erica Toogood

As part of our Social Togetherness series, we talk to East London designer Erica Toogood, co-founder of the clothing label TOOGOOD about balancing work and home life during lockdown.

Social Togetherness: Eleanor Pritchard

Contemporary textile designer, Eleanor Pritchard, discusses the effect of the pandemic on the creative process, her inspiration from home and pastime recommendations.

Social Togetherness: Albert Hill

Co-founder of The Modern House, Albert Hill, shares his experience of family life during lockdown, podcast and music recommendations and his most coveted rug.

Social Togetherness: Jacob Plejdrup

Jacob Plejdrup, the founder of furniture manufacturer DK3, discusses his experience of lockdown and home-working in Denmark as part of our Social Togetherness series.

Social Togetherness: Paula Day

We talk to Paula Day about life during the pandemic, the powerful wake-up call it has provided and running the Robin and Lucienne Day foundation from her Cumbria home.

Draw A Classic Chair Competition

We have five £100 gift vouchers to award for our Draw a Classic Chair Competition, independently judged by a panel of leading designers.

Social Togetherness: Koda Munetoshi

Today we talk to Koda Munetoshi, the CEO of Maruni Global Branding for an insight into life in lockdown from Tokyo, as part of our Social Togetherness series.

Social Togetherness: Mentsen

Risa and Yasu of the design studio, Mentsen, examine adapting to life in lockdown from their London home, their creative outlets, future projects and podcast recommendations

Social Togetherness: Michael Anastassiades

Social Togetherness – twentytwentyone are honoured to work with wonderfully creative designers, makers and manufacturers from all over the world. We’re staying in touch and sharing our conversations.

Customer Update – 23.03.2020

During this difficult and worrying time the safety of our customers, twentytwentyone team and our partners worldwide is our highest priority

Winter Sale now on!

Our winter sale starts online today with 15% off orders on furniture, lighting and rugs from selected manufacturers.

Season’s Greetings

Season’s greetings from the twentytwentyone team. We would like to wish all our customers, clients and partners a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.  

Seasonal Opening Hours

If you’re still looking for last-minute gifts, both our Upper Street shop and River Street showroom will be open until Tuesday 24th December 2019.

Last order dates for Christmas deliveries

With Christmas just around the corner, please note that the last day to place an order online for in-stock items and to guarantee Christmas delivery in the UK is Thursday 19th December. 

Summer Sale

Our summer sale starts today with 15% off orders of furniture, lighting and rugs from selected manufacturers online and in-store.

Milan Design Week 2019

This month the twentytwentyone team made their annual trip to Milan Design Week, attending various design events held across the city.

Børge Mogensen: The People’s Designer

Known as ‘the people’s designer’, Børge Mogensen (1914 – 1972) was instrumental in the forming of the Danish modern movement, creating some of the most iconic designs of the post-war era.

Winter Sale now on

Our winter sale starts online today with 15% off orders on furniture, lighting and rugs from selected manufacturers. 

Last order dates for Christmas deliveries

With Christmas just around the corner, please note that the last day to place an order online for in-stock items and to guarantee Christmas delivery in the UK is Wednesday 19th December. 

Christmas wish list

With Christmas fast approaching, the twentytwentyone team reveal the gifts they would most like to find under their Christmas tree this year.  

Lighter Prices

Our seasonal lighting promotion returns to coincide with the clocks turning back, running from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November. 

London Design Festival 18 – Edit ’18

twentytwentyone will host Edit ’18, an exhibition of innovative and enduring new designs, many of which are seen for the first time in the UK as part of the London Design Festival. 

twentytwentyone August newsletter

Our August newsletter has arrived with details of the newest arrivals online and in-store, from archive Lucienne Day designs to modern lighting from Barber & Osgerby. 

twentytwentyone’s July Newsletter

The July twentytwentyone newsletter is here, with details of new arrivals, from Established and Sons’ reproduction of the Mauro chair, to Woodyzoody’s menagerie of wooden animals. 

Summer Sale

twentytwentyone’s Summer Sale is now on, enjoy 15% off furniture and lighting orders from selected manufacturers.

twentytwentyone’s June Newsletter

The June edition of the twentytwentyone newsletter has arrived and we were pleased to herald the arrival of new prints by Ronan Bouroullec, George Sowden and Pierre Charpin. 

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter

The May edition of our newsletter is here with a focus on modular furniture and lighting, including the DK3 relaunch of Poul Cadovius’ System Cado. 

Maruni Collection 2018

Maruni Wood Industry has launched two new chairs as part of the Maruni Collection 2018 at the Salone del Mobile, Milan. 

Milan Furniture Fair 2018

Last week the twentytwentyone team made their annual pilgrimage to the Milan Salone del Mobile, the world-renowned design and furniture event. 

Superfolk Printing Demo

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Irish design studio Superfolk will be offering a printmaking demonstration at our Upper Street shop on Saturday 24th March 11am – 1pm. 

Minimalux

Minimalux design and produce accessories for the home and person, characterised by a formal minimalism, employing premium materials and lustrous finishes. 

twentytwentyone’s March newsletter

twentytwentyone’s March newsletter is here with details of all our newest arrivals, from the understated luxury of Minimalux accessories to Sebastian Herkner’s Barro family of ceramic pots. 

twentytwentyone’s February newsletter

twentytwentyone’s February newsletter is here, with details of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online, from Joe Colombo's Italian lighting to Jasper Morrison and Wataru Kumano‘s stools.

January sale newsletter

Our most recent sale newsletter is here, with details of further reductions and new additions to our seasonal clearance of one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting, with discounts of up to 75%. 

twentytwentyone’s January newsletter

Our January newsletter is here, with details of all the latest additions to our clearance of one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting designs, offered at discounts of up to 75%. 

Winter sale now underway

twentytwentyone’s Winter sale is now underway at our Upper Street shop River Street showroom, with 15% off selected classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and rugs. 

twentytwentyone’s Winter sale preview

Our latest newsletter is here, offering all the details of our upcoming Winter sale, plus a preview of just some of the ex-display designs offered at discounts of up to 75%. 

Seasonal opening hours

Details of twentytwentyone seasonal opening hours at Upper Street shop and River Street showroom.

Last order date for Christmas deliveries

Please note that the last day to place an order online for in-stock items and ensure guaranteed delivery to a UK address before Christmas is Wednesday 20th December. 

OMK 1965

British designer Rodney Kinsman founded OMK in 1965 to produce a range of pioneering designs now considered classics of the British high-tech movement.

New calendars for the new year

2018 is a matter of months away, but twentytwentyone’s selection of classic and contemporary calendars is certain to satisfy the most fervent of forward-planners.

Ella Doran’s twentytwentyone collection

Ella Doran‘s new collection of homewares celebrates iconic chair designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and is the result of a collaboration with twentytwentyone.

Hope in the Woods

New to arrive in-store and online is the Hope in the Woods collection of carved wooden utensils, handcrafted for twentytwentyone by designer and maker Luke Hope.

Edit ’17, London Design Festival

Our Edit ’17 exhibition for this year’s London Design Festival opened on the evening of Tuesday 19th September, celebrating a diverse selection of classic and contemporary designs. 

London Design Festival: Edit ’17

For this year’s London Design Festival, twentytwentyone hosts an exhibition of classic and contemporary designs that reflect a creative mix of materials, construction and form. 

Celebrating plywood

Currently showing at the V&A, ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ celebrates the incredibly diverse applications of an often, overlooked material.

2017 warehouse sale

twentytwentyone’s 2017 warehouse sale will take place on Saturday 15th July 2017 at our River Street showroom. 

Day for Flowers exhibition

In celebration of Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, the Day for Flowers exhibition opened at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom on 20th June. 

Father’s Day gift ideas at twentytwentyone

We’ve put together a selection of ideas to delight all tastes and ages, from practical presents with a design-led twist to very special gifts that will show your appreciation for dad.

twentytwentyone’s June newsletter

twentytwentyone’s June newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online. 

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter

twentytwentyone’s May newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online. 

Day for Flowers exhibition

In Lucienne Day‘s centenary year, we are celebrating her contributions to design with Day for Flowers, a collaborative exhibition that also marks the relaunch of Lucienne Day’s Flower Brick. 

Special edition CH24 in elm

The CH24 was one of the first chair designs that Hans J Wegner created for Carl Hansen & Son. It remains one of the most recognisable and widely loved designs of the twentieth century. 

2017 Milan Furniture Fair

twentytwentyone’s team made their annual pilgrimage to the world’s foremost design event and have returned inspired by the wealth of creative ingenuity on display. 

twentytwentyone’s April newsletter

twentytwentyone’s April newsletter is here, with our monthly pick of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online. 

Spring living

As the days warm and lengthen, twentytwentyone has a host of fresh designs to help you enjoy outdoor living. 

twentytwentyone’s March newsletter

twentytwentyone’s latest newsletter is here, with details of the latest furniture, lighting and accessories to arrive in-store and online, plus details of our Mothers’ Day gift list. 

Mothers’ Day at twentytwentyone

Mothers’ Day falls on Sunday 26th March this year, if you’re seeking inspiration for the perfect present look no further than our Mothers’ Day gift list. 

Finn Juhl: a master of Danish design

The architect, interior and furniture designer, Finn Juhl is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Danish design and is widely credited with having popularised Danish design in America.

Last order dates for Valentine’s Day

Valentines’s Day cards need not be a sentimental affair. Our selection of contemporary Valentine’s cards will delight design-lovers with their evident passion for colour, pattern and line.

twentytwentyone Contracts: Park Lofts, London

twentytwentyone Contracts has recently supplied a range of furniture and lighting to Park Lofts, a residential development of 12 apartments located near Regent’s Park in central London. 

twentytwentyone January newsletter

twentytwentyone’s January newsletter is here. Included are details of Lucienne Day’s centenary celebrations, plus details of new additions to our January clearance sale.

Lucienne Day centenary

Lucienne Day was Britain’s most distinguished textile designer of the 20th century, esteemed for her understanding of pattern, colour and scale and popularising modern design in Great Britain.

Seasons Greetings

From all of us here at twentytwentyone, Happy Christmas and we hope you have a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Late-night Christmas shopping

Please join us for panettone, wine and late-night Christmas shopping at our Upper Street shop until 7 pm, each Thursday in December. 

Candles to create festive atmosphere

twentytwentyone’s collection of candle holders, sconces, scented candles and incense offers all you need to help create an air of seasonal celebration in the home.

Winter woollens

twentytwentyone’s choice selection of classic and contemporary woollen rugs and cushions will bring softness, colour and textural contrast to your home – while helping to fend off the winter chills. 

Peter Nelson lighting

twentytwentyone is excited to exclusively offer the last remaining warehouse stock of Peter Nelson lighting.

Marker, plus twenty

‘Marker, plus twenty’, an exhibition curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, opened last night at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.

twentytwentyone is 20: 20 exhibitions

The latest instalment in our twentieth-anniversary editorials celebrates the rich collaborative chemistry that we have been fortunate to share with many designers, manufacturers and individuals.

twentytwentyone at Tate Modern Switch House

twentytwentyone are proud to have been involved with the furniture specification and supply for the new gallery spaces, public areas, the Patron and Members rooms and staff offices.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration

Visitors to our Upper Street shop on the morning of Friday 10th June were lucky enough to observe one of the many highly skilled processes involved in the making of each Carl Hansen + Son chair. 

Gift ideas for Father’s Day

As Father’s Day approaches, twentytwentyone have put together a selection of gift ideas to help you show the high regard you hold for Dad. 

Carl Hansen craftsmanship at Upper Street

Join us at our Upper Street shop for an exceptional opportunity to observe a master craftsman at work and gain an insight into the construction of a genuine design classic. 

twentytwentyone is 20: April

twentytwentyone celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. We are marking this with editorials celebrating the people, designs and occasions that have been important in our twenty-year history. 

At home with Carl Hansen and Mourne Textiles

London Craft Week sees a special collaboration between Carl Hansen + Son and Mourne Textiles that celebrates the craftsmanship and heritage of these two unique family-run businesses. 

twentytwentyone is 20: March

Currently on display at twentytwentyone’s Upper Street shop, a display of 20 favourite homeware designs launched – and re-launched – over the past two decades. 

Easter opening hours

Our Easter opening hours are here. Pop into one of our shops or visit us online to get your fix of classic and contemporary design.

Samsung Serif TV

twentytwentyone is one of a limited number of retailers showing Serif, the new television from Samsung designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. 

The daybed – an everyday essential

In addition to a particularly comforting name, the day bed proves itself to be a welcome retreat from the increasingly Autumnal nip in the air – and something of a design icon to boot.

An enduring classic: the Royal System

Storage is a perennial problem in most households, so any shelving system that combines adaptability, flexibility and efficiency with sheer good looks is sure to stand the test of time. 

Milan Furniture Fair 2015

twentytwentyone have returned inspired and enlightened from our annual pilgrimage to the Milan Furniture Fair. 

Nanimarquina – rugs with a conscience

Nanimarquina rugs are notable for their bold and innovative contemporary designs, but the company is equally remarkable for its socially and environmentally responsible ethos. 

Outdoor accessories – 5 designs to inspire

Summer approaches and the great outdoors beckons. twentytwentyone’s collection of classic, design-led outdoor accessories is specially selected to help you transform your outdoor space.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair

Robin Day was born 100 years ago on May 25, 1915. To mark his centenary, twentytwentyone has collaborated with a group of designers to pay homage to one of Britain’s most gifted designers.

Alumi outdoor chair

Industrial Facility’s Alumi chair joins our outdoor collection of classic and contemporary designs. 

CH 24 Spring Promotion

Receive £100 off every purchase of Hans Wegner’s iconic CH 24 ‘Wishbone chair’ in CHS coloured lacquered beech finish, during March, April and May 2015.

Red dot awards 2015

Mario Ruiz has been awarded the 2015 Red dot award for his Stockholm collection of sideboards, consoles, shelving and tables. 

Tapio Wirkkala centenary

In celebration of Tapio Wirkkala's 100th birthday, Iittala has re-released the designer’s most well known design.

140 years of Kingston School of Art

2015 marks 140 years of Kingston School of Art. The institution can be credited with many significant alumni including Archibold Knox, Gavin Turk, Jasper Morrison and William Plunkett. 

Wrongshop Editions 2014

twentytwentyone are very pleased to offer a second collection of limited edition prints from Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec and to launch an entirely new series from Nathalie du Pasquier. 

Contemporary Classic

twentytwentyone celebrate the joint launch of new lighting and historic furniture. We are proud to host the launch of studio vit’s first collection of lighting.

Shops We Love

We have been featured in Dwell magazine’s ‘Shops We Love’ feature.

Stockholm furniture fair 2014

twentytwentyone visited the annual Stockholm furniture fair at the beginning of the month. Above are some edited highlights of our trip. More can be viewed here.

Post war and brutalist architecture

The term Brutalism was derived from the French ‘Béton brut’, or raw concrete, and the expression became associated with a movement emerging in postwar British architectural offices. 

Stendig Calendar

The Stendig calendar was designed in 1966 by Massimo Vignelli and taken that year into the Design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

James Irvine 1958-2013

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the death of James Irvine. twentytwentyone had the great pleasure and honour to know and work with James. 

80th anniversary Stool 60

The Stool 60 was first introduced to the international public at the “Wood Only” exhibition in London in 1933, to rave reviews. 

Tim Fishlock

Tim Fishlock Typeseat print, signed screenprint in an edition of 300. 

Russel Wright 1904-1976

Russel Wright worked as a stage designer in the 1920s though quickly extended his creativity towards multidisciplinary design, forging a highly influential career embracing textiles homewares.

twentytwentyone new shop

twentytwentyone have secured the adjacent premises on Upper Street, Islington and continue their retail expansion.

twentytwentyone shop

Visit twentytwentyone in-store at 274 Upper street. Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. 
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