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Sworders C20 Design Sale - 13 October

Our shows may be grounded for the foreseeable future but that does not stop us getting excited by the latest happenings in the virtual vintage world. There are still people investing (what with interest rates at an all time low) and where better to go than Marketplace member Sworders' Design sale on Tuesday 13 October with over 550 stunning lots of C20 furniture, lighting and furnishings to bring a touch of Palm Springs to your home?

Expect a glut of Post-War rosewood and chrome, plenty of on-trend cane and rattan furniture and a large section of lighting. If your passion is Stilnovo then the 1950s model B.4917 adjustable wall lights that look like a kind of flying saucer/horseshoe-crab hybrid could be just the thing for your home or interior project.

We are particularly looking forward to the studio pottery section with over forty examples in the sale. A second offering from Trevor Coldrey, who ran the Harlequin Gallery in Greenwich, with works by Dan Kelly, Bill Marshall, Colin Pearson and Modern Shows® favourite John Ward. We are also super-excited to see a piece from top weaver Peter Collingwood included in the sale. On a lighter 'note' there is a guitar and instrument section bursting with examples from Hofner, Adrian Smith, Tokai and Rickenbacker for the muso's out there.

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You can also find Sworders in The Modern Marketplace here

George Nakashima Film Premiere

We are very proud to be able to bring you access to the October 2nd virtual global premiere of the long awaited documentary “George Nakashima, Woodworker" Click this link to get a password and sign up details.

As all diehard Midcentury Modern lovers and top craftspeople around the world will know George Nakashima changed woodworking forever. His influence has been formative and life-changing for makers in almost every country. His body of work and approach to furniture making is central to design history, leading him to become a household name.

You can view this two-hour documentary by filmmaker John Nakashima with the support of the George Nakashima Woodworkers Studio, the George Nakashima Foundation for Peace, and Moderne Gallery FREE until Sunday 4 October with your viewing credentials. After that you will be able to buy it through the Design Miami shop.

The film offers a personal perspective of George Nakashima and the work that he designed and produced over a period of 54 years. After beginning his worldwide “seeker’s journey“ for seven years during the Great Depression, the film shows Nakashima as he develops and refines his aesthetics, craft, and philosophy.

There is also a complimentary webinar with John Nakashima (George's nephew) and Mira Nakashima (George's daughter) hosted by Design Miami on October 4th.

Thank you to all who have been so generous in the making of this definitive film.

Our Staging Service

Get the best price for your house or investment property with Modern Shows® UK wide property staging service. Alongside our events and 'show on the web' The Modern Marketplace directory, the Modern Shows® team has dressed a legion of flats and houses over the past 4 years in a mix of midcentury and modern and always gets wonderful feedback from clients. You may have seen quite a bit of our styling popping up on The Modern House website. We have been very lucky to work with some of their lovely clients and enjoy travelling around discovering everything from a Sixties house in Maidstone with all the original handbuilt features still intact to David Adjaye's Lost House in Kings Cross St Pancras.

Contact Petra or Lucy for a quote.

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Our PR Service

"I couldn't believe it. I got a sale within half an hour of joining.” C20C

Your marketing failing from lack of events? The Modern Marketplace Directory with its 42K instagram following keeps the PR going for midcentury dealers and modern designers.

"Today we've sold 3 sofas on the @modernshows shortlist!" Stedsans

"We sold straight from your insta story" Owl and the Elephant

"We have had a great year with Modern Shows and the brand exposure through your reposts has been fantastic." Par Avion

Get your own page, 4 images, info and links for just £32 a month (inc VAT). Expect FREE reposts on the story or main feed of our @midcentury_modern 40.9K insta and FREE shares on our facebook and Twitter all year round. Customers often buy straight from these posts.

C20 dealers, upholsterers, restorers and contemporary designers we are here to promote you.

£32 a month (inc VAT) direct debit (a year min) Or pay the year in full to get it in before the tax year ends (£300 plus VAT)

We also have one premium spot, top of the marketplace with mailout left for £600 plus VAT a year.

Let us do your PR while you get on with designing or shopping for iconic pieces. As well as our marketing service with Premium and Standard spots on our website we now offer paid one off insta posts and story inserts where we plug your product or gallery event and repeat it on facebook. Or ask about our email service.

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Thank You

We may have masks on but behind them is a huge smiley Midmod thank you to all the dealers, designers and customers who have supported our directory and staging service while the shows have been on hold. We wish you happiness, health and abundance in all areas of your life. Its been challenging as a limited company with no support and half our annual income disappearing in one covid flash but we are positive as always and resilient.

Lucy, Petra and Tanya