Britain Can Make It – New London Design Store

We love a good bit of mid-century modern furniture. And even though those Scandinavians aruably ruled the roost in that era, us Brits had some great designers and iconic pieces too.  Entrepreneur and design enthusiast Charlie Perry is aiming to do for modern British design what his former company Skandium has done for Scandinavian Design, with the launch of Britain Can Make it, a new retail concept in South London which brings together the very best of post-war and contemporary British designs.

Heron Chair

Heron Chair

The Britain Can Make It store has opened in the renowned 1960s Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in Southwark.  Charlie Perry has taken over a large retail space to display and sell a collection of classic British furniture and accessories from some of the UK’s most iconic brands including Anglepoise, Bestlite, Bisley, Bookroom Art Press, Case Furniture, Classic Textiles, Dartington Glass, G Plan, Hille, John Green Designs, Kaymet, Original BTC, Race Furniture, Robert Welch Designs, Smiths Clocks, Royal Doulton and Reiko Kaneko.

Roebuck chair

Roebuck chair

The name Britain Can Make It was inspired by the title of a 1946 design exhibition organised by the Council of Industrial Design which was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum to promote British manufacturing after the war and to introduce the concept of industrial design to the general public. The Britain Can Make It exhibition proved hugely popular, attracting almost 1.5 million people creating a strong movement towards buying and supporting British Designers, something Charlie Perry is hoping to emulate with the new store.

Embrace table

Embrace table

A number of British designers emerged from this post-war period and they took it upon themselves to popularise good design and make it widely available. These designers include some of my design heroes, like Robin Day and Lucienne Day, Ernest Race and Robert Welch and together they helped define British modernism. I’ve always been passionate about mid-century and modern British design, and through the store and online, want to give people the opportunity to bring the very best of it into their homes.”

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