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Sworders’ Two Day Design sale on Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 May is a must for design lovers with Day One focusing on Art Deco and Arts and Crafts and Day Two looking at the rest of the Twentieth Century.

We have our eye on a Frank Brangwyn sideboard from the estate of Fiona MacCarthy who was married to Sheffield-based designer David Mellor (lots 85-93) and have been busily scanning the fifty lots of studio ceramics from the collection of Trevor Coldrey, who ran the Harlequin Gallery in South London (lots 258-310).

So many beautiful pieces from Paolo Buffa, Max Ingrand, Hans Wegner, Niels Otto Møller, Ico Parisi, Dieter Rams, Pierre Paulin and Dikran Khoubesserian as well as contemporary furniture by the Gabbertas Studio. Favourite lots include the Max Ingrand for FontanaArte ‘Model 1748’ ceiling light, (lot 607) and outdoor bronze by the Italian sculptor Elio Garis (lot 582) as well as two pieces of Pablo Picasso Madoura pottery (lots 535 and 536).

Check it out online or book an appointment for a viewing in Stansted Mountfitchet over the first May Bank Holiday weekend. There is also a Design Sale

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Property Staging

Selling a property? Our property staging service is now in its sixth year where we create an aspirational setting with iconic midcentury furniture, antiques, art, textiles, stand out storytelling pieces and contemporary design and leave property owners, architects and developers with it for as long as it takes them to bag a stunning offer.

Its not just Million Dollar Listings that benefit. Believe us staging works and we have some very happy customers.

'Modern Shows® are a rare breed, very personable, very pragmatic and a great eye for design and detail. Their thoughtful, considered approach has really embellished our properties. It has been a joy working with them.’ Nick Glendinning, Nest Development


Or you can try our services where you do the styling. See below.

You stage, we consult

Last month we offered up two new services which were to choose between a visit with a socially distance walk around your home with 2 hour chat followed by a to do list and Pinterest board for £850 plus VAT plus travel if outside London.

Even though she plans to stay in her 'forever home' Alison, whose wonderful house you see above chose the second option where you send us your photos and floorplan and we give you some top tips via email with a follow up zoom call for just £450 plus VAT.

Here is what she says:

"Thank you Lucy and Petra for your thoughts, advice and support in helping me to achieve a cohesive Mid Century Modern interior for our much loved home.

I found the process liberating.

I had become stuck in my thinking; knowing there were areas of our home that did not work and that were clumsy. Your very comprehensive notes, hints and tips alongside web addresses to look at ideas in detail were really helpful.

The hard copy I printed is already dog-eared! They will be a reference for me always.

I had not even thought of re-doing the floors but your idea of terrazzo tiling spread throughout kitchen, living and dining areas and hallways has taken hold and hopefully we can achieve something special.

I have already started thinning out my stuff and no ill effects at all! Plenty of positive ones actually as I have successfully sold a dozen items already.

It is so exciting, I can see where we are heading and that our home will benefit."

If you decide you would rather go the whole hog with a full 2 to 3 month staging we take the original charge off the new total.

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