The New Modernist is a specialty store that focuses on Modernism’s finest moments in the form of lovingly restored, collectible pieces of furniture that are presented in their best possible state. But this is no mere vintage shop, neither is it the sole domain of Scandinavian retro – although you may find a rare Finnish item here or there… Instead, The New Modernist is something special.
Here, the pieces that are available for sale have been identified and placed on show, in an attractive gallery-style setting, because they are investment pieces created by key 20th century designers, and will accumulate in value over time. The New Modernist’s commercial collection is curated by the knowledgeable Emma De Crespigny, an expert on Modernist design who holds a Masters Degree in History of Decorative Art and Design from Parsons, in conjunction with the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York. De Crespigny worked for many years as a collector and dealer in New York, before relocating to Cape Town and opening the C20 Galerie, which she still owns.