The Modern House is an estate agency. We sell exceptional homes in urban and rural locations throughout Britain, from our offices in central London.
Our name is inspired by F.R.S. Yorke’s celebrated book ‘The Modern House’ (1934), which introduced Modern Movement architecture to a British audience. The central themes of Modernism are at the heart of all of the properties we sell: flowing space, high levels of natural light and a truth to materials.
The Modern House meets the growing demand for exceptional living spaces of all kinds, including lofts, factory conversions, architects’ own homes, and period houses with excellent extensions and superior interiors. We love selling houses, and we only sell houses that we love.
This much we know…
A home should lift the spirits. The rudimentary purpose of a building is to provide shelter, but in the hands of the right architect, it can frame space and capture light in a life-enhancing way. At The Modern House, we sell homes that inspire us. Our portfolio of properties is carefully curated and extensively researched, with images by editorial photographers.
Estate agency is about people. We work with the most extraordinary range of people, who are brought together by the need to move house and an interest in good design. Our aim is to provide them all with a positive experience. The members of our team have academic training in art, architecture, journalism, literature and photography. They are able to speak with honesty and authority rather than resorting to cliché, and are proud of what they do. In an industry that’s synonymous with mistrust, people come to The Modern House for a human approach to buying and selling.
You’re never too old to learn something new. When The Modern House came into existence, it pioneered a new marketplace for Britain’s best design-led living spaces. More than a decade later, we still feel the same sense of excitement every day. The built environment is in a state of constant flux, with people carrying out remarkable new projects in all corners of the country. You never know what might be found behind a carefully clipped hedgerow or unassuming warehouse door.
Pastiche is passé. We believe that contemporary architecture should be of its time. Without a modernising spirit, how are we to progress? It’s equally essential that our country’s Modernist heritage is rigorously safeguarded for future generations. By championing the cause of thoughtful design, and raising awareness among the buying public, we try to have a positive influence on the built environment.
Matt has an MA in History & Art History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a family of architects, and is the grandson of the celebrated Modern Movement architect Sir Frederick Gibberd.
Matt carries out market appraisals in London, and has overseen the sale of some of the capital’s most iconic property, including buildings designed by John Pawson, David Adjaye and Maxwell Fry. Formerly a Senior Editor at The World of Interiors magazine, he has written on architecture, art and design for The Telegraph, GQ Style and Acne Paper, and contributed to numerous books.
Albert graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Art History. Pursuing his passion for the crossover between architecture and commerce, he came up with the idea for The Modern House and founded the company in 2005. Albert has an unrivalled knowledge of the UK’s modern houses, and carries out market appraisals of extraordinary properties in all corners of the country.
Albert was the Design Editor at Wallpaper* under founding editor Tyler Brûlé, and has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. He has also contributed to a number of books, and has commentated on architecture and property on both TV and radio.
Senior Specialist – Appraisals
Charlie carries out market appraisals throughout the country, providing insightful and extensively researched valuation advice. His warm-hearted, conscientious approach is popular with clients.
Charlie has a BA in Spanish from Exeter University. He previously worked in television and talent management, and ran his own business selling 20th-century furniture and ceramics with a focus on Modernism, Bauhaus and Streamline.
Specialist – Appraisals
James graduated from the University of Newcastle with a BA in History. He brings significant and wide-ranging experience to his role at The Modern House, having previously worked in financial services for eight years and art consultancy for three. As a vital member of our appraisals department, he is responsible for providing valuations and guidance on marketing.
James’s father was a renowned portrait painter, and he himself is a keen artist whose illustrative work in oil, ink and acrylic has been privately commissioned and exhibited.
Head of Sales
Christian heads up the sales team at The Modern House, and has overseen the sale of many of the agency’s most high-profile houses. He is renowned for his infectious positivity, and for maintaining the highest standards of customer care, using his considerable experience to steer complex transactions towards a successful conclusion.
Christian graduated with a BA in Geography, which fostered his obsession with the built environment. He is as passionate about the act of selling as he is about all forms of architecture.
Rosie has a BA (First Class) in English Literature and Politics from the University of Newcastle, and an MA (Distinction) in Comparative Literature from University College London. Her intellectual acuity is combined with an emotional intelligence that allows her to negotiate sales with grace and skill.
Rosie particularly responds to the human side of the property business, engaging with the stories and characters involved. Prior to joining The Modern House, she had a successful career in advertising and publishing.
Senior Sales Advisor
Georgia honed her sales skills in commercial art galleries and auction houses before joining The Modern House. She approaches her role with considerable intelligence and good humour.
Georgia graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art with First Class Honours, and has a particular interest in early Modern Movement architects such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier.
Andrew is admired by clients for his unerringly professional, friendly and astute approach to selling. He graduated with a BA in Geography from King’s College London, where his dissertation explored how people engage with the spaces of local London high streets.
Andrew particularly admires how architects often use ingenious ways of dealing with confined urban spaces, and he has a healthy addiction to design and architecture magazines.
Corey has a First Class degree in Fine Art from Curtin University in Western Australia, and comes from a creative and entrepreneurial background. She previously worked for her family’s business, Hemingway Design, where she coordinated public-sector arts projects at Southbank Centre and led a team of artists that reimagined the renowned Dreamland theme park in Margate.
Corey is particularly well placed to advise on the technical aspects of buying or selling a modern property, having acquired her much-loved Fifties apartment through The Modern House in 2015.
Olivia has a BA in Art History from the University of Cambridge. Following internships at Christie’s and the Gagosian Gallery, she worked as a Marketing Manager at Twitter and an Account Director at a digital production agency.
Olivia applies the highest standards of customer care to the sales environment at The Modern House, combining a naturally meticulous, empathetic approach with a passion for getting the deal done.
Emma supervises all of our marketing activity, ensuring regular press coverage both nationally and internationally, and overseeing social-media activity. She previously worked in the art industry, with roles at the Wallace Collection, Modern Art Oxford and the Affordable Art Fair.
Emma’s interest in Modernism stems from her time as an undergraduate at Oxford University, where she studied at the Arne Jacobsen-designed St Catherine’s College. She also has an MA (Distinction) in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Georgia’s passion for Modernist art, design and architecture informed her BA (First Class) in History and Art History at the University of Nottingham and MA in History of Design at the Royal College of Art.
Her background as a freelance magazine editor has provided the ideal platform for her role at The Modern House, which involves everything from direct marketing to content creation and editing. She applies an intelligent, curious and determined approach to managing our online community, carrying out interviews and facilitating brand partnerships.
Rachel is the organisational fulcrum of the company, carrying out administrative duties and office management with grace and attention to detail. She joined The Modern House from the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she provided support to the Head of the Postgraduate Programme.
Rachel has a BA (First Class) in Fashion & Dress History from the University of Brighton, and an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art.
PA to the Directors
Nicola provides invaluable support to the two Founding Directors. She was previously the Client Services Manager at a flourishing firm of solicitors, where she and her team were responsible for new business.
Nicola has a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art, where she developed a love of illustration and Realism.
Rosie is studying for a degree in English at University College London, where she specialises in Modern and Postmodern Literature. She provides part-time Administrative cover for The Modern House, primarily at weekends.
Albert Hill is the Architecture & Design Editor at Wallpaper magazine under founder Tyler Brûlé. He learns of a real-estate agency in Florida specialising in the sale of Mid-Century Modern houses and decides to fly out and investigate. Surely something like this couldn’t work in the UK, could it?
Albert calls his old friend Matt Gibberd, who is a Senior Editor at The World of Interiors magazine, and moots the idea of a design-led estate agency. The Modern House is formed, inspired by FRS Yorke’s influential book of the same name.
The agency is awarded 7th place in PrimeResi’s list of London’s top 50 boutique estate agencies.
The legacy and continued influence of modernism on residential architecture is examined in a new book compiled by Messrs Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, the cofounders of design-led real estate agency The Modern House.
Longtime purveyors of the finest online property porn, The Modern House has now launched an exquisite new book to pore over.
In this extract from Ornament is Crime, a ‘visual manifesto’ celebrating iconic modernist architecture from the 1920s up to the present day, Matt Gibberd explains the importance of the movement and how a shared passion for design helped build one of the UK’s top property agencies.