We caught up with Lucy and Petra, founders of Modern Shows, to talk inspiration and aesthetics  in light of their up-coming Midcentury Show Sunday the 19th of March.

Who are you and what do you do?

We are Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson of Modern Shows®, Midcentury Modern, Midcentury East and the Midcentury Pop Up.

What is your favourite piece of furniture you own?

I love my Rastad and Relling Bambi Chair and covet Petra’s Poul Kjaerholm PK22. A chair I would love to own is a GJ Greta Jalk chair and the Hanging Egg by Nanna Ditzel.

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Picture above:  Nanna Ditzel's Hanging Egg Chair produced by Sika-Design, Denmark.

Is there an item of clothing you couldn’t live without?

I couldn’t live without my Stutterheim fisherman’s knit and matching hat which are so thick I don’t have to wear a coat. The textured pattern around the chest just oozes traditional craftsmanship. I feel like I’m in a Scandinavian film ready to board a fishing rig when I wear it. I’ve got one of the Stutterheim macs on order too.


 If you weren’t in this line of work, is there something else you can see yourself as?

If I wasn’t doing this I’d love to be a writer. I just published my first book 100 Midcentury Chairs: And Their Stories with Pavilion and have a novel on the way. Failing that I would have gone into shamanism as I’m a total nut about all shamans from the ones in Native American culture to the Sami Eskimo Noiadi. Petra would have been an artist, potter or photographer. Like the Scandi’s she is very creative with her spare time.

100 Midcentury Chairs Book 87kb

 What/who inspires you currently?

We are loving the Danish illustrator SIVELLINK. Find her on our Market place.

Buy tickets to the Midcentury Modern Show here.

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