Design-led: Twentytwentyone


Last week saw the apex of the city’s love affair with the world of design in the form of the London Design Festival (September 13th to 21st). This 12th edition saw over 250 events organised within six official design districts in Brompton, Clerkenwell, Chelsea, Islington, Queen’s Park and Shoreditch.

There were so many interesting things I wanted to attend between the launches, pop-ups, exhibitions (A Place Called Home), talks on the future of the industry at the Design Forum and Designjunction, which is the showcase of the creme de la creme in “furniture, lighting and product design from around the world.” I’ve discovered some great brands through it and crushed on superb objects which I can’t wait to share with you.

So today, I wanted to blog about the award-winning London studio of Twentytwentyone, whose showroom on River Street I visited on my way up to Angel last week for another event. I’m so glad I stopped by and also that I had my camera at hand because every piece in there was just beautiful and the team was both friendly and patient in letting me explore and photograph everything. Let me tell you a little bit more about them:

Founded in 1996 by Simon Alderson and Tony Cunningham, the studio is dedicated to sourcing vintage pieces (in excellent state I must say, when they showed me around everything they pointed out as vintage baffled me because it looked so pristine), as well as designing and manufacturing a stylish range of furniture and home accessories, and collaborating on ambitious institutional and private design or interiors projects.

Have a look at some steals from their showroom, isn’t it stunning?

Twentytwentyone Showroom 1

Twentytwentyone Showroom 4

Twentytwentyone Showroom 5

Twentytwentyone Showroom 2

Twentytwentyone Showroom 3

Twentytwentyone Showroom 8

Twentytwentyone Showroom 6

Twentytwentyone Showroom 7

They have a shop on Upper Street in Angel which you can visit any day of the week and offers a range of furniture, lighting and accessories. If you feel like splashing on yourself or getting a really nice gift for someone, I’d recommend you pop by! I’ve personally rounded up a selection of products that I think you will fall in love with so tune back for more Twentytwentyone on Thursday! In the meantime I wonder:

What is the nicest object you’ve splurged on or been offered for your home? I’d love to know.

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September 23, 2014

Really enjoyed this article. Twentytwentyone is one of our personal favourite design led shops in London. Primarily because it is so attentively curated. They stock many things that we often see here before the other design shops eventually catch on and subsequently begin to follow. I especially like their collection of Japanese designed objects from the likes of Yanagi Sori and Fukasawa Naoto. In terms of their furniture offerings, I delight their parade of Modern Classics and more avant garde pieces too. Twentytwentyone's upper street shop is such a delight and a must visit for anyone into design.

September 23, 2014

Thank you for the lovely comment Yasumi and Hiro! I agree with you on everything of course, it had been a really long time since I got stuck in a showroom and shop like that. I spent well over an hour in each and I'll definitely be back for more. Best, Jesse x

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