Today I decided to treat myself to a trip to Midcentury Modern Show in Dulwich – a regular show held in Dulwich college that brings together major vintage retailers as well contemporary up and coming talents. I have been a regular to this show for a few years now and it’s always a very nice experience.
If you love Scandinavian or American modernism, Bauhaus or Industrial design this is a great place to shop or get inspiration.
This is what modern shows website says: “Find everything for the eclectic home at this much-loved one day show from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer. Source the latest furniture, wallpaper, ceramics, cushions and gifts upstairs after you have scoured the most collectable vintage furniture and home ephemera on the planet downstairs. Collectors on the hunt for even more mid-century furniture, ceramics, fabrics, art and glass can take a walk to the South Cloister, Lower Hall and North Cloister where 40 more dealers are situated. Midcentury Modern and The Midcentury Show have a cult following of midcentury aficianados and design lovers from all over the British Isles who gather one Sunday a few times a year at Lords Cricket Ground and Dulwich College to feed off their mutual love for design at what has been described as an inspiring museum-style pop up shop.”
Also, was curious to read about who was spotted shopping at the shows: “Orla Kiely, Patrick Kielty, Stephen Merchant, Jenny Eclair, Jimmy Carr, Artists Dinos Chapman and Mike Nelson, Simon Andrews: head of 20C design at Christies, SCP’s Sheridan Coakley, Britain’s top furniture Designers Russell Pinch and Matthew Hilton, Khristina Schmidt: head of Skandium, Tilly Hemingway, Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops, Monocle’s Tyler Brule, South Bank buyers, Tate Shop buyers, V and A buyers, The Crafts Council, James Bond set designers, The Conran Design team, Camilla Nicholls – Frieze, collector Dominic Palfreyman, curator Bruce Haines, Tent and Origin’s Ian Rudge, partners from architectural firms including Rogers and Fosters, top property developers, interior designers, top lawyers and accountants, stylists and many celebrities beside that would rather keep their anonymity.”
One of the highlights for me was Beldi Rugs stand – unique vintage Moroccan rugs, some dating back to the 1940s and 50s.
Another great stand I was happy to see was Retro Maps – an extensive collection of vintage school maps dating from 1930s to 1970s.
I have collected a stack of business cards from various stands as I walked around the fair, so expect me to update my retailers contacts page with quite a few new websites in the next few days.