The Twentieth Century Society

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A Baker’s Dozen of C20 Christmas gifts

To help you find the perfect present for the C20 architecture fans in your life (and that includes you!), we have compiled a list of our top 20 gift ideas, inspired by everything from cool modernist homes to Brutalism, Art Deco and the classic designs of London Transport. Whatever your budget, we hope you’ll find something here to put a sparkle into your C20 Christmas.

A C20 year

1) What better way to celebrate Christmas than by helping to safeguard our post-1914 architecture and design with a gift membership of C20 Society for someone special. At just £50 a year for individual membership (£35 concessions), benefits include access to members-only tours and walks, and copies of the C20 magazine and the Journal delivered straight to your door. Order by 15 December for Christmas delivery.

Great reads

2) From the elegance of the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea to Gateshead’s eye-catching Millennium Bridge, C20 Society’s book 100 Buildings 100 Years (Batsford, £25), zips you through a century of British architecture.

3) The latest C20 book, Houses: Regional Practice and Local Character , explores the work of regional architects from the 1920s to the 1970s (C20 Society, £19.50).

4) It definitely won’t squeeze into your stocking, but Elain Harwood’s definitive Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975 (Yale University Press, £50), is “full of wit and wonder”, and has fabulous photographs by James O Davies .



5) The new edition of England’s Post-War Listed Buildings (Batsford, £40), also by Elain Harwood and James O Davies, is now out, and features many more buildings and a handsome new design.

6) Sarah Thompson’s Style Council: Inspirational Interiors in Ex-Council Homes (Square Peg, £20), uncovers the chic and eclectic interiors of 15 homes across the UK, including that of C20 Director Catherine Croft.

7) Equally stylish is Stefi Orazi’s Modernist Estates (Frances Lincoln, RRP £25), a look at 21 modernist homes and their residents, based on her popular blog.


C20 Landmarks


8) C20 has recently helped produce the handsome Brutalist London Map (Blue Crow Media, £8), which features 50 leading examples of the capital’s Brutalist landmarks, famous & otherwise – ideal for any hipster’s stocking.

9) The magnificent 1930s interiors of Eltham Palace got a £1.7m makeover in 2015. Give a bit of Eltham style with this Art Deco plate (£15) – matching tea-pot, cups and mugs also available.

10) Love the BALTIC in Gateshead? Cheer up someone’s kitchen with a tea-towel featuring the building (BALTIC, £9.95)

11) Some of our best-loved listed post-war buildings, including the Barbican and the BT Tower, feature on cards and models, including Stefi Orazi’s winter cards (Things you can buy, £15 for 6) and Zupgrafika’s great paper models of Brutal London buildings at a stocking-filler price. Or, if you have £100 or more to spend, Chisel and Mouse make covetable plaster models of landmarks such as Trellick Tower or Battersea Power Station.

Designer Christmas

Isokon number mug, Skandium


12) You can now buy Isokon number mugs in bone china, each with the distinctive numbers designed by Wells Coates for the  Isokon Building (Skandium, £12).

13) Misha Black’s 1976 design for the seats of the District Line is now available as a scarf (£24.95)   – and you can even get a dinky matching dog coat (£44.95, both London Transport Museum)!

Happy C20 shopping!


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