Shops We Love: twentytwentyone

This London institution for furniture and modern design travels from vintage to modern in 10 striking pieces. Here, twentytwentyone co-founder Simon Alderson talks us through the wares.


Founders: Simon Alderson and Tony Cunningham

Opening Date: 1996

Addresses: The main store is at 274/275 Upper Street, in Islington, London, while the showroom and offices are at 18C River Street, in the business district.

Phone: +44 (0) 207 288 1996

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What’s It All About:Simon Alderson and Tony Cunningham were both selling vintage pieces in Camden Market before teaming up and opening their own store in West London to sell (as the name suggests) the best of 20th and 21st century design. Twentytwentyone has since expanded, selling an array of contemporary and vintage furniture and accessories, producing its own pieces (including furniture by British designer Robin Day) and doing contract work for clients such as the Soho House Hotels.

Philosophy: “It’s hard to point to a single trait, since we look at both aesthetics and functionality, but we look for pieces with their own personality and story,” says co-founder Simon Alderson. “We carry classics from the 20th century, and when we look at contemporary pieces, we want to feel that it’s going to be a classic someday.”

View our slideshow to see some of the store’s favorite pieces.

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