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Sworders July Design Sale

This sale features an extraordinary collection from the estate of Max Clendinning and Ralph Adron, pivotal figures in architecture, design, and theatre.

Max Clendinning: you may remember his iconic Maxima series of furniture, Christian Dior interiors, and Oxford Road Station in Manchester.

Ralph Adron: known for set and costume designs in theatre, ballet, and children's productions.

Their works, spanning Arts and Crafts to Postmodernism, are featured in the V&A Museum, RIBA, Ulster Museum, and National Museums of Scotland.

Collection Highlights: Modernist ceramics by Picasso and Jean Cocteau, Postmodern ceramics by Richard Slee, and paintings by contemporaries like Alan Davie and Duncan Grant. Unique collaborative pieces and personal creations by Max and Ralph stand out.

Sale Date: Tuesday, 9th July, 10am.

For the full catalogue, including international design, head HERE.

Property Staging

We have different tiers from a general declutter to online interiors advice or a full property staging and can cater to your unique project needs. Check out our Black House Farm staging here.

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Photos : © The Modern House

Photographer: Dan Glasser for The Modern House

Diary Date

Head to our November Midcentury Modern® fair which is spread throughout Dulwich College, the famous school for boys. Just off the South Circular between Dulwich and Crystal Palace it attracts midmod and contemporary craft fans, dealers and designers from all over the UK.

Check out a host of talent, from inspiring design by talented contemporaries to our stalwart vintage dealers. This fair is for anyone who loves interiors and has an eye for collectables. There is something for everyone with prices from £10 – £10,000 and delivery available on site.

A great present for any C20 lover and those interested in shopping sustainably, advance discount tickets are available now, HERE where you can find out more about the fair.

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Top right - Jill Tattersall Ceramics showing upstairs in the contemporary section

Bottom right - modern-id showing in the Christison Hall

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