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
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.
During the course of his career writing about music and design, Patrick Sisson has made Stefan Sagmeister late for a date and was scolded by Gil Scott-Heron for asking too many questions. His work has appeared in Pitchfork, Nothing Major, Wax Poetics, Stop Smiling and Chicago Magazine.