About

The Modern House is an estate agency. We sell exceptional homes in urban and rural locations throughout Britain, from our offices in central London.

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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.


People

Matt Gibberd

Matt Gibberd

Founding Director

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. 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.

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As a Director and co-founder of The Modern House, Matt applies a meticulous eye for detail to everything from recruitment to branding and creative direction.

 

Albert Hill

Albert Hill

Founding Director

Albert graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Art History, and was the Design Editor at Wallpaper under founding editor Tyler Brûlé. He has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, contributed to a number of books, and commentated on architecture and property on television and radio.

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Pursuing his passion for the crossover between architecture and commerce, he founded The Modern House in 2005, and continues to apply his entrepreneurial energy to growing the company and exploring new markets.

Rosie Falconer

Rosie Falconer

Director of Home Sales

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.

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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.

Charlie Russell

Charlie Russell

Head of 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.

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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.

James Klonaris

James Klonaris

Prime Appraisals Specialist

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.

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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.

Jake Elliott

Jake Elliott

Appraisals Specialist

Jake has an impeccable academic record, including a BA (First Class) and an MA in English Literature from University College London.

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Jake’s intellectual prowess is complemented by his passion for architecture, exemplary communication skills and commercial acumen. Jake trained as an editorial intern at The Times and has since written for advertising studios across London, as well as The Times Literary Supplement, The Poetry Review and The Quietus.

Georgia Grunfeld

Georgia Grunfeld

Head of Sales

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.

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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.

Corey Hemingway

Corey Hemingway

Prime Sales Advisor

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.

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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 Quirke

Olivia Quirke

Senior Sales Advisor

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.

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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.

Rae McCarthy-Yardley

Rae McCarthy-Yardley

Sales Advisor

Rae has a naturally calm, compassionate and astute approach to her work, and is admired as much by clients as she is by her colleagues. Prior to joining The Modern House, she worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Rae 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.

Lucy Roome

Lucy Roome

Sales Advisor

Lucy brings a wealth of knowledge to the advisory team, having honed her skills in residential and commercial property acquisitions at a renowned film & TV locations agency.

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Lucy’s industry experience and passion for great design are complemented by her BA in Photography, consummate project management skills and her impeccable customer service.

Emma Mansell

Emma Mansell

Director of Digital Marketing

Emma manages all of our marketing activity, focusing on our digital strategy and growth campaigns. She previously worked in the art industry, with roles at the Wallace Collection, Modern Art Oxford and the Affordable Art Fair.

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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.

Charlie Monaghan

Charlie Monaghan

Content Editor

Charlie is responsible for all of our content, from commissioning and producing features for our award-winning Journal to managing our industry-leading social media channels.

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Since receiving a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Bristol, Charlie has spent time living and working in Tokyo and honing his editorial skills at Monocle and Wallpaper* City Guides. His enthusiasm for design along with his inquisitive spirit make him well-placed to discover, write and share stories from all parts of The Modern House community.

Nicola Loughton

Nicola Loughton

Assistant to the Directors

Nicola provides invaluable support to the Founding Directors. Prior to joining The Modern House, she honed her organisational and interpersonal skills as a Client Services Manager for an innovative firm of property solicitors, and has assisted on tour for a number of recording artists.

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Alongside her organisational prowess, Nicola also brings considerable creativity to her role, having received a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art. She continues to practise as an artist in her spare time, and has had her work privately commissioned and exhibited.

James Noble

James Noble

Appraisals Team Assistant

James joined The Modern House as a graduate. He provides vital support to our appraisals department, setting up client meetings, overseeing Terms of Business, commissioning photography and carrying out website uploads.

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His outstanding academic record – a First Class degree in English and History, and a Masters in History, both from the University of Nottingham – is testament to his considerable intelligence and unflappable demeanour.

 

Katherine Banks

Katherine Banks

Sales Team Assistant

Katherine joined The Modern House after completing an MA in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh, where her dissertation examined the Scandinavian influence on post-war British buildings.

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In her role as Sales Team Assistant, Katherine has become the cornerstone of the department. She provides exceptional support to her colleagues, carrying out her work with exemplary efficiency, intelligence and style. Her competence is complemented by her creative eye, astuteness and passion for good design.

 


Featured Testimonials

  • Thank you for helping to push things through and for your advice throughout. We felt in very good hands and knew you would always return our calls! We’ll be checking your site for a possible future home!”

    Gill and David, London
  • Matt, it felt like you were selling your own home. Thank you.”

    Adam, London
  • Now is a good time to thank you very warmly for providing an exemplary service.”

    Peter, East Sussex
  • I Just wanted to thank you and your team for selling our property. But wanted to say a special big thank you to Rosie, who has been an absolute star from beginning to end. The Modern House really have been a pleasure to work with.”

    Heidi, London
  • When one has a special house to sell, one needs a specialist agency who understands the special value of that house in order to promote it to the correct clientele. The Modern House Estate Agency does this superbly well for this category of Modernist houses. They have obviously filled a niche exceptionally well.”

    Diana, London
  • Following disappointment with three previous agents, my son found The Modern House. My beloved open-plan barn is now enjoyed by appreciative people who understand the home they live in – all within weeks of the first meeting. The Modern House provide a seamless service, to do with mindset, attention to detail and application. Many thanks to you all – I …”

    Elizabeth, Hertfordshire
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The Modern House has been successfully selling Britain's finest modern architecture since 2005. The timeline shows some of the key events in our history.
  • August 2004

    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?

  • October 2004

    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.

  • January 2017

    The agency is awarded 7th place in PrimeResi’s list of London’s top 50 boutique estate agencies.

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