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Radical Function & Furniture: Alex Eagle’s 9 Favourite Pieces

Radical Function & Furniture: Alex Eagle’s 9 Favourite Pieces
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Alex Eagle’s attitude to choosing the furniture that fills her shop is simple.

“I only buy things I want to have in my house,” she says. “I do fall in love with each piece, so it’s quite heartbreaking when they go on to a new home.”

The homeware collection, which is available in the Lexington Street store, is an eclectic one, demonstrating Eagle’s appreciation of strong, simple lines and the occasional dramatic flourish. Pierre Jeanneret’s iconic Clerk chairs sit elegantly alongside the fluorescent pink curves of Ettore Sottsass’ Ultrafragola mirror. A bottle green velvet Conversation Piece faces off with the mid-century utilitarianism of Axel Einar Hjorth’s table and the modernity of Campbell-Rey’s octagonal marble table.

‘I like things to work alongside each other, not match,’ says Eagle. ‘There is so much joy to be had in finding interesting pieces for your home – no one should be confined to a single style.’

Here are nine of the best pieces currently available in store and online.

Pierre Jeanneret – Set of 4 Clerk Chairs

These instantly familiar chairs are the original design of Swiss architect Pierrre Jeanneret, cousin of Le Corbusier and his long-time collaborator. Together the two were the designers behind Chandigarh in India – these teak and cane Clerk chairs were made in 1955 and would have originally sat in the city’s High Court.

Axel Einar Hjorth – Table and 8 Chairs

As head of design for Sweden’s favourite department store, NK, Hjorth is one of the country’s most influential Modern design architects. He specialised in deceptively simple, sleekly luxurious pieces, of which this mid-century set of table and chairs is a perfect example.

Friso Kramer – Revolt Chair

Kramer was a Dutch designer who was passionate about the work of Ray and Charles Eames. His Revolt chair pays homage to this inspiration, while creating something new. Designed in 1953 it is the Dutch designer’s most famous creation, the product of his ambition to produce rational, minimalist furniture for the modern age.

Ettore Sottsass – Treetops Floor Lamp

The vivid colours and eclectic shapes of the Memphis movement defined the 1980s. At its heart was Ettore Sottsass who, together with a group of young Milanese architects and designers overthrew the staid conventions around what constituted ‘living’ and experimented with new shapes, materials and vibrant pattern. The Treetops from 1981 defines this new spirit – a heady combination of flexible practicality and unabashed joie de vivre.

Ettore Sottsass – Ultrafragola Mirror

This same effervescence is exuded by the swirls of Sottsass’ large pink mirror. Created for the Italian design firm Poltranova in 1970, the mirror was designed to evoke a head of tumbling, neon hair – as Sottsass himself said, ‘Could anything be more ridiculous?’

Conversation Piece

An exclusive design for the store, this ‘Conversation Piece’ creation is upholstered in bottle green Claremont mohair velvet. At once a sofa but really not, it is best positioned right in the centre of a room.

Campbell-Rey Octagonal Side Table

The most recent addition to the list was debuted just last year, at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The work of young design duo Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey, the table fuses Verde St Denis and Rose Aurora marble on top of four tapered brass legs. The result is simple, dramatic, elegant.

Kai Kristiansen Desk

The simple genius of mid-century Danish design is beautifully expressed in this 1960 Brazilian rosewood desk. All straight wooden lines and perfectly calibrated proportions, it epitomises the knack Scandinavian designers have for pared-back drama.

Ettore Sottsass – Ashoka Lamp

A final one from the fervent, febrile brain of Sottsass. Created in 1981 the lamp’s shape – as with his Carlton room divider – was informed by cacti and totems, merging to form a mad take on a candelabrum.

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