Twentytwentyone was set up by Simon Alderson and Tony Cunningham in 1996. The company is widely respected for its carefully curated retail business, and its north London shop and showroom are a mecca for anyone interested in design. As well as acting as exclusive agents for international design companies, twentytwentyone produces its own collection of furniture and accessories.
Robin Day first made contact with twentytwentyone in 1999 when he contributed a design to the Childsply charity project. He went on to design the Avian family of seating, reflecting ideas inherent in his 1951 Royal Festival Hall Lounge Chair. In 2012 twentytwentyone’s licensed new production of Robin’s classic Reclining Chair (1952) won Wallpaper magazine’s Design Award for Best Reissue.
Lucienne Day worked with twentytwentyone in 2006 to develop new productions of four of her 1950s tea towel designs. The company also acts as retail partners for Classic Textiles’ range of historic Lucienne Day furnishing fabrics.
In September 2014 twentytwentyone curated and hosted At Home with the Days, an online charity auction of items from the Days' own homes. All proceeds went directly to the Foundation to help fund the new Robin and Lucienne Day Digital Archive.
In 2015 twentytwentyone celebrated the 100th anniversary of Robin Day's birth with a Centenary Edition of his Reclining chair. Ten of the country's foremost designers were invited to select contemporary upholstery, and the ten chairs were exhibited at twentytwentyone from June 30th onwards.
Photography: Mark Whitfield, © twentytwentyone