Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Alain Gree

As we swim downstream to work in the pouring rain, who wouldn't want to go abroad?  Keith and Sally certainly do.  We are planning to sell lots of similar beautiful vintage graphic books at 161 Kirkdale Road from 1st-24th December...

Friday, 16 November 2012

Kirkdale Shop

This is our space - in two weeks this will be Pen and Gravy vs Modernish Central.  Thanks in advance  to the See3 gang, those paid and volunteers.  They will be working round the clock and then round again to make the shop look amazing...

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hello Pen and Gravy

In December Modernish will be collaborating with Pen and Gravy, -south-east London's fave graphic demon-designer-doodler-dude - at the See3 project space in Kirkdale/Sydenham.  See the penandgravy site to see what I mean.  It's not just pens and gravy.  Y'know kids, as a veggie I will be demanding he does meat free pencils and a vegetable stock alternative!!!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

I'm still in love with you...

...sang Thin Lizzy.  And I suppose I am still in love with you.  The blog continues, hopefully less sporadically!

A few Rotterdam photos from my recent trip...


Sonneveld House

Rebuilt "De Unie" Cafe


I have been flicking through some old copies of the Miroslav Sasek children's books.  The London one is definitely my favourite, with the New York one next.  But what about this: his tribute to the Matchbox factory!? Not just for boys by the way...

Friday, 24 February 2012

20th Century Texture Mayhem

Note to self: be more attentive to texture.  Look at the sensuous detail on this West German Vase.

Also a gentle push towards to the 20th Century Society.   
A less gentle prod towards my webshop.  How rude am I?

Friday, 10 February 2012


She's everywhere is that Joanna Lumley: Nepal, Egypt...erm, Bolton.  I even saw her at a National Trust property once jumping the queue.

In the early 1970s Felix Labisse, the surrealist artist, created this fabulous lithographic portrait of the (then) Avengers star.  Whether he made one of co-star Gareth Hunt is open to conjecture...anyway the one below is available in my web-shop.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


When modernish goes on holiday it shuns the big bright lights, the soothing coconut dangling beaches and hedonistic, young people heavy fun spots.  Instead it finds itself seeking design inspiration in suburban Copenhagen - in freezing January of course - and wandering round the architectural legacies the city offers.  So below is a soupcon from a recent trip: Finn Juhl's house, Arne Jacobson's Bellavista complex and lastly the Jacobson Restaurant.  Watch out for an article on the midcentury magazine website detailing the trip... oh yes and see our website for Scandinavian wares...

Finn Juhl's House


ms modernish in the Jacobson restaurant

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Where will you be...?

Erm, modernish will be here in the next few months... 
Plus watch this space for some London shop collaboration mayhem...
modernish is not appearing at any of the below places, but if you would like to buy a bus blind for a South London or Surrey destination let me know on and I may be able to help.  Single destination signs on linen available from £30.

Exactly Where have you been...?

...erm nowhere in particular

I have sourced some great items you can buy at

You might like these lovely Scandinavian items

Anita Nylund for Jie Gantofta, Sweden

Jie Gantofta, Sweden

Cathrineholm, Norway

Riihimaki, Finland