Saturday, April 25, 2009

MidCentury Goes Mobile

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside.....and even more so when it's seen from the vantage point of an Eames chair or two...

Yes! The Midcentury Show is having its annual sojourn away from London on 10th May 2009 and has chosen as its location the beautiful De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill on Sea. The pavilion, designed by Eric Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff in 1935, is now a Grade One listed icon of the Modernist movement, and one of the most significant spaces in the emerging network of new arts buildings in the South East of England. Along with its free gallery spaces (and shop), showcasing both established and nascent British designers, the building houses a café/bar offering fresh, local produce and magnificent sea views.

The Midcentury show is one of four annual events organised in association with brilliant interiors website Our Show Home. The brain child of friends Lucy Ryder Richardson and Petra Curtis, Our Show Home, until recently, did exactly what it said on the tin, operating as a beautiful family home in South London where everything just happened to be for sale. Garnering praise from the likes of Saatchi and Saatchi and Elle Decoration (who also sponsored their last show), the opportunity to visit the house in person has now sadly had to be withdrawn due to the overwheming success of their shows which now keep them busy all year round.

The Midcentury Show, along with Kids Modern and the bi-annual MidCentury Modern (both in London), were developed in order to invite the cream of midcentury modern dealers together under one roof to give the public a chance to view and buy from a range of stunning European and American designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Aalto, Wegner, and Robin Day amongst others. In addition, the London shows give buyers the opportunity to sample the wares of some of the most exciting contemporary designers around. Recent participants have included funky tableware designers People WIll Always Need Plates and bespoke wallpaper designer Tracy Kendall.

In order to showcase more dealers who specialise in smaller collectibles such as glassware and ceramics, The MidCentury Show deals specifically with midcentury pieces and with over 45 confirmed dealers in place for May, (and still counting) you will be spoilt for choice. Many of my favourite dealers past and present have already booked up, including The Modern Warehouse, metroretro, 20th Century Interiors, 20th Century Marks, Take-Me-Home, Skylon, Winters Moon, Fragile Design, Pink-Flamingos, Haji & White, Plywood2Plastic, Homespun Vintage Design and Retro Sixty. Prices range from a pocket money friendly £5 to a credit crunch busting £5000...

See you there!

The Midcentury Show

Image courtesy of ModernShows

Above Images and Title Image via OurShowHome

The Midcentury Show

Sunday 10th May 2009
De La Warr Pavilion, Seafront, Bexhill on Sea
Entrance £5
Children under 14 free

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