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.

Charlie Russell

Charlie Russell

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Christian Eldershaw

Christian Eldershaw

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.

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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 Falconer

Rosie Falconer

Sales Manager

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.

Georgia Grunfeld

Georgia Grunfeld

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.

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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.

Andrew Stevenson

Andrew Stevenson

Sales Advisor

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.

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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 Hemingway

Corey Hemingway

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

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.

Rachel McCarthy-Yardley

Rachel McCarthy-Yardley

Sales Advisor

Rachel 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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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.

Emma Mansell

Emma Mansell

Marketing Manager

Emma manages 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.

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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.

Nicola Loughton

Nicola Loughton

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.

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Nicola has a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art, where she developed a love of illustration and Realism.

Katherine Banks

Katherine Banks

Administrator

Katherine is the organisational fulcrum of the company, providing administrative support to the sales team and carrying out office management duties with considerable intelligence and grace.

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She has an MA in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh, where her dissertation examined the Scandinavian influence on post-war British buildings.

 


Featured Testimonials

  • Matt and Christian, it felt like you were selling your own homes. Thank you.”

    Adam, London
  • You have been truly excellent in communicating what needed to happen. A first rate service from The Modern House.”

    Carlo, 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 …”

    Elizabeth, Hertfordshire
  • Thank you for your efforts with the sale: the team at The Modern House (particularly Christian) certainly worked hard.”

    Julian, West Sussex
  • Thank you very much indeed – we are so pleased that [the sale] has been so straightforward. I hope [the buyers] love living in the house. We will certainly keep in touch.”

    Sarah-Jane, Kent
  • It’s been an absolute joy to deal with The Modern House, and one can only dream to one day see all estate agents as competent as you!”

    Pablo and Luke, London
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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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