Circa was created by business partners David Flatt and Ian McTernan. Their mission is to help customers and collectors source the highest quality mid-20th century modern furniture and lighting, whether it be limited edition items for the home or unique design pieces from some of the most gifted furniture and lighting designers of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.
David’s passion for mid 20th century furniture and lighting began when he was travelling throughout Europe sourcing antique fireplaces, mirrors and chandeliers for sister company, Marmorea London. He would come across beautiful pieces of Italian and French mid 20th Century furniture and lighting, which he brought back for his own home.
“I love the design. It all started with the lighting, as I thought the big Murano and Venini pieces worked incredibly well with period chimney pieces. After that, I started to put selected pieces in the Marmorea showroom and received a positive response.”
David met his business partner several years ago when Marmorea was able to source a period French fireplace surround for Ian’s design and development company. After working on a number of subsequent projects together, David and Ian became enthused with the idea of opening a showroom specialising in 20th century furniture and lighting, not only as a business venture but to help others attain these most sought after pieces of design history.
Shortly afterwards, the Circa showroom opened offering a wide selection of incredible design pieces from the mid 20th Century including Murano, Venini and Sciolari lighting and furniture, from highly regarded design houses such as Maison Jansen, Maison Baguès, and designers Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa and Willy Rizzo.
Almost every piece brought into the showroom is unique because the selection is based on emotional as well as financial factors. Before a piece is acquired, they ask whether or not they would be happy to display it in their own home and only if the answer is “yes” will it be added to the showroom. The ethos for the business is built around this idea, as they believe this is the best way to select pieces that their customers would love.
After being asked to source several pieces for a client in Hong Kong, they decided to take on a show there, a major landmark for Circa, which was organised in coordination with The Cat Street Gallery. They found it to be a huge success and look to making this an annual event.
Circa offers a large selection of high quality, sought after pieces, from some of the most iconic designers of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Items are shipped throughout the UK and worldwide using a specialist, insured, courier service.
Over the years, many customers have asked Circa to source items that are unique and hard to come by, to help achieve a particular look or from a specific era. Our bespoke sourcing service enables us to do just this, finding particular pieces, which may not be part of our standard showroom inventory.
We have recently extended our services to include restoration of pieces, including the sourcing of missing parts. No matter what you are looking for, our friendly team of professionals will be happy to discuss your requirements. To see just some of our products that we currently have in stock, please click HERE.
For more information on Circa and our services, or to find out the latest products that we have in our showroom, contact us today and one of our advisors will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 7924 2010 and we can talk you through all the options available.