Sunday 21st March 2010
Dulwich College, SE21 7LD
Entrance £6
Early entry for trade 9am (£8)
Children under 14 free

Midcentury Modern – the only design show that made Time Out's top 10 London attractions for 2009


Vintage Danish design is the focus of the pop-up concept Modern Danish Warehouse. Featuring a carefully edited selection of period pieces, the collection is a reminder of the enduring appeal of Danish Modernism. Monocle goes to Copenhagen to see how classic Danish furniture continues to inspire a nation of designers.

News report.



I guess I never realised how much I love the Eames's furniture and products, until I kindoff realised I have bought many of them and seem to keep them for myself. It felt an extravagant buy at the time, for a coat hanger, but I still love it and it has now followed me to two houses. It also works and as you can see I fully use it!.

Both Charles and Ray Eames (1907-1978 and 1912-1988) loved designing for children. As well as their furniture and architectural projects, they developed toys, games, puzzles and children's furniture like the jolly Hang-It-All.

Designed in 1953, the Hang-It-All was produced using the same welding technology with which the Eames had designed their famous Wire Chairs. The wire framework and brightly coloured wooden balls were intended to hang children's clothes, toys, and bags.


After the war, the age of utility was replaced by a youthful new look in art and design, influenced by Italy, America and the fresh but restrained Scandinavian look. As the various strands in British art and design converged, British contemporary took on a cohesive identity of its own in textiles, pottery, glass, appliances and furniture.
'These new design attitudes were polarised in the 1951 Festival of Britain, where constructions could be experimental and dramatic and designers were liberated from commercial constraints. Manufacturers began to employ young designers and the so-called Contemporary Style emerged, especially in domestic interiors and products.'

Kandya manufacturer of British furniture was at the forefront employing designers such as Frank Guille and Carl Jacobs and continued to make what is now seen as highly collectable mid-century modern/retro bristish furniture.

of Silverdale Road, Hayes, Middlesex. Telephone: Hayes 1931

* 1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Dinner, Tea and Table Trolleys with Heat and alcohol Resisting Trays. Stainless Steel Top Kitchen, Restaurant or Canteen Tables. Executives Wood and Plastic Desk Blisterproof Top. Plastic Kitchen Storage Cupboards. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 784)

* c1955 Frank Guille 611 room divider, for Kandya Ltd. Painted metal frame, agba wood, painted and veneered plywood, mahogany, glass and plastic laminate.

* 1956 Kandya Kitchen.

* 1959 Patent - Improvements in or relating to stacking chairs.

* 1961 Patent - Improvements in or relating to cabinets.

* 1968 Kandya Ltd formed a jointly owned company with D. Meredew Ltd. To be known as Kandya Meredew Ltd it was established to rationalise and increase both companies' export business. Kandya already exported 31 per cent of its furniture although Meredew had bigger resources. Kandya now used the large Meredew showroom in Ridgmount Place, which also housed the offices of the new company. Meredew's Planning Unit, also worked on export designs for the new company. As part of its concentration on exports, the new company specialised in furniture for hotels and oil companies. Kandya had considerable experience in package deals in these two areas, supplying diverse ranges of furniture on site: jobs included bedroom cabinet furniture for the Teheran Hilton, and all the furnishings for the Esso bachelor houses at Marsa Brega in Libya.

Model C3 'Jason chair Jacobs & Guille for Kandya 1953, C32 breakfast stool Frank Guille for Kandya Ltd, 1958, Model 374 table Paul K. Bridston, Kandya Ltd, Hayes. c. 1950. Drop leaf kitchen table Paul K Bridson for Kandya Ltd Early 1950's, Sideboard Paul K. Bridson for Kandya Ltd mid 1950s, Trimma cabinet Frank Guille for Kandya Ltd Designed 1956