Modern Shows

By: Paul Joseph | Date 28.02.2016
Quality is something that has never gone out of style and whether it’s records, clothing or furniture, there are a lot of people looking to the vintage market in search of items that are distinctive and timeless.
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In the world of furniture and home design, names like Eames, Jacobsen, Bertoia, Nelson and Wegner have become increasingly popular as enthusiasts search through the history of interior design for unique pieces.

Throughout February and March, vintage interior design dealers Modern Shows, voted among the best interior shops in 2014 by Stella magazine, have created a series of pop-up stores to display and sell some of the finest displays of mid-20th century design.

Bringing together over 60 of the world’s most respected collectors of mid-century vintage pieces and contemporary design, Midcentury Modern will be held at Dulwich College on 28 February. Curated by Modernshows in collaboration with Elle Decoration, the chosen pieces will highlight both modern and vintage design excellence.

Following this, lovers of mid-century design can visit Midcentury East, which will be held in Haggerston on Sunday 13 March. This pop-up show will feature vintage-only pieces from the collections like WEMM, Mobelfabrik from Belgium, Form & Function and Scandi-Mod, Manning Fine Art, among a series of other well-respected dealers.

Set in the recently refurbished Erno Goldfinger school, named after the Hungarian-born modernist architect who designed it, who was also the inspiration for the James Bond character of the same name, the exhibition will seek to put these pieces in artistic context against a backdrop of one of East London’s finest examples of mid-1960s brutalist architecture.

Finally, Modern Shows will set up a brand new vintage-only pop-up show in South London on Sunday 15 March. Set at The Kia Oval in Kennington, Midcentury South will provide an opportunity for lovers of interior design to peruse the collections of Twentieth Century Antiques, Scandinavian by Design, Form and Function and Diagonal Furniture.

With Kennington being home to a wealth of museums and galleries, Midcentury South will perfectly compliment a day of culture that could also include the nearby Tate Britain or Imperial War Museum.

Aficionados are sure to be in early to run their eye over these displays of time-tested, world class design, but with entrance for all shows being £15 or under, this series of pop-ups is designed to allow for even the most inexperienced enthusiast to browse the world-famous collection and maybe purchase a piece which catches their eye.

For more information about the shows and to buy tickets, visit


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