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.

The New Modernist is her brand new venture, which sees her expand her repertoire into selected reproduction furniture. She recreates the classics of yesteryear, especially those beauties no longer available on the market, in contemporary upholstery fabrics and finishes. It’s the solution if you admire the past, but prefer something new…


What’s more, De Crespigny applies her own interior design skills to creating all-new furniture options such as lighting and accessories that are incredibly contemporary yet have a retro air about them. These custom-designed “bridging” products are intended to live seamlessly alongside their classic counterparts. As the name of this new destination store denotes, The New Modernist offers a fresh, modern approach to the past!