twentytwentyone

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.

Early in 2017 twentytwentyone launched a new production of Childsply, the playful and ingenious plywood children's chair which Robin Day designed for a charity auction organised by the company in 1999. A new production of Robin Day's elegant and functional Slatted Bench (1954) was launched at London Design Festival.

This year also twentytwentyone celebrated Lucienne Day's centenary with Day for Flowers, an exhibition of floral displays by leading figures in the design world using a new production of Lucienne Day's 1966 designs for Flower Bricks. A Centenary Limited Edition of 100 flower bricks manufactured  by Stoke-based ceramics company 1882 Ltd is available exclusively from twentytwentyone.

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Photography: Mark Whitfield, © twentytwentyone 

Childsply Chair

Original production
twentytwentyone 1999

Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2017

Tricorne Tray

Original production
Hille 1950s


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2000

Avian AV2

Original licensed production
twentytwentyone 2000

Batterie de Cuisine

Original production
Thomas Somerset


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2006

Reclining Chair

Original production
Hille 1952


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2012

Black Leaf

Original production
Thomas Somerset 1959


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2013

Slatted Bench

Original production
Hille 1954


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2017

Avian AV1

Original licensed production
twentytwentyone 2000

Night and Day

Original production
Thomas Somerset 1961–62


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2006

Too Many Cooks

Original production
Thomas Somerset 1959


Licensed new production
twentytwentyone 2006