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MIDCENTURY MODERN SHOW’S HOTTEST DEALERS

‘The Midcentury Modern Show at Dulwich College is design heaven for me,’ says designer Orla Kiely, known the world over for her unique retro prints. And she’s not alone in her praise. Spotted among the crowds browsing the show – which returns to Dulwich College for its 13th year on Sunday 23 November – has been Dinos Chapman and Mike Nelson, Britain’s top furniture designers Russell Pinch and Matthew Hilton, Mary Portas, the Conran design team and many more interiors experts, stylists and celebrities.

The show’s co-founders Lucy Ryder Richardson, a former fashion journalist, and graphic designer Petra Curtis have come to know a huge number of dealers and young designers, so they’re perfectly placed to source unique furnishings for discerning clients like Saatchi & Saatchi. In fact, Midcentury Modern has become such a popular phrase that Lucy and Petra had to trademark it. The duo has even launched an online retail showroom, themodernmarketplace.com showcasing Midcentury Modern, Vintage and Modern pieces. Here, Lucy chooses three dealers that those with a taste for Midcentury Modern design need to know about…

Vintage
‘The Modern Warehouse was one of the first dealers to give Midcentury Modern a chance, despite the fact that we had no history in 20th century antiques. David Tatham has a hefty knowledge of Danish design and a great eye for pieces with integrity. He once spotted a museum piece at Midcentury Modern (an original Isokon donkey) worth tens of thousands, which he bought at a snip. If you are looking for the perfect Poul Henningsen light, a sleek Danish leather sofa, anything by Hans Wegner (such as the papercord CH25 chair, pictured below) or any of the lesser known names (Danes, Hvidt & Molgaard, Grete Jalk), Rob and David at The Modern Warehouse have both the knowledge and impeccable taste to help you pick the right pieces.’
Find The Modern Warehouse in the VINTAGE section at themodernmarketplace.com

Find items like this Hans Wegner papercord CH25 chair at The Modern Warehouse

Find items like this Hans Wegner papercord CH25 chair at The Modern Warehouse

Midcentury Modern
‘We keep the lovely ones close, so you can find Vintage Unit the minute you walk through the door at Midcentury Modern. Established for over 12 years, sourcing and refurbishing the finest examples of post-war industrial furniture comes naturally to Vintage Unit. Lovingly refurbished steel and leather desks, wooden planner drawers, factory lights and antique shop fixtures are this dealer’s specialty, but expect to see fun accessories like metal glove-stretching hands and huge shop letters too. Vintage Unit works with stores like French Connection and has added many local pubs to their roster since joining the Midcentury Modern Show, including The Florence, The Actress and The Bishop.’
Find Vintage Unit in the MIDCENTURY section at themodernmarketplace.com

Find great Midcentury Modern buys like this at Vintage Unit

Find great Midcentury Modern buys like this at Vintage Unit

Modern
‘Most of us have a cup by People Will Always Need Plates dangling from the mug rack. Some of us own the whole set of their architectural icons range, plus the graphic plates and tea towels. The studio has been quiet for the last few years, but the dynamic duo is back with a new line, Ten by Two. The new steel and enamel collection has got to be the ultimate in modern collectables. The Krenit bowl has always been a top seller at our shows and People Will Always Need Plates has taken the idea one step further and made them into art pieces. Bowls in homage to Elsworth Kelly, Bridget Riley and others add to the collections of nesting bowls in incredible colours.’
Find them with Vessel Gallery in the MODERN section at themodernmarketplace.com

Find People Will Always Need Plates on show with Vessel Gallery

Find People Will Always Need Plates on show with Vessel Gallery

Tickets for the Midcentury Modern Show are £9 on the door (cash only) or £8 in advance. For details and to book see modernshows.com

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