About

About

The Modern House is an estate agency that helps people live in more thoughtful and beautiful ways. We believe in design as a powerful force for good – from personal factors such as wealth and wellbeing to more macro themes including community, place-making and architectural preservation. Esquire credits The Modern House with rewriting “the rulebook on estate agency”, and GQ has voted us “one of the best things in the world”.
Founding Directors
Matt Gibberd
Matt GibberdFounding 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.

He began his career as a writer on design and architecture, working for five years as a Senior Editor at The World of Interiors, before co-founding The Modern House in 2005.

Matt is the co-author of The Modern House (Artifice, 2015) and Ornament is Crime (Phaidon, 2017), and was previously a columnist for the Telegraph Luxury and the RIBA Journal. He has been a member of numerous awards panels, including the Dezeen Awards, and a hotel reviewer for Mr & Mrs Smith. His home has been published in Vogue and the New York Times.
Albert Hill
Albert HillFounding 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.

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.
Nicola Loughton
Nicola LoughtonAssistant 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.

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.
"The Modern House are transformationally different from any other property agency. Everyone was so thorough, helpful, intelligent and responsive, and to cap it all off we got an excellent price for the house, too." — Max, seller
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Home Sales
Rosie Falconer
Rosie FalconerDirector 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.

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 RussellHead of Appraisals
Charlie heads up the appraisals department at The Modern House, and has provided insightful and extensively researched valuation advice for many hundreds of clients throughout the country. He has a particularly strong knowledge of the market for Mid-Century masterpieces and houses of significant architectural merit.

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 KlonarisPrime Appraisals Specialist
James is responsible for carrying out all of our valuations in the Prime London segment, with expert knowledge of top-end markets such as Hampstead and Notting Hill. He brings significant and wide-ranging experience to his role at The Modern House, having worked as a broker in the City for eight years and as an art consultant for three.

James has a degree in History. His father was a renowned portrait painter, and he himself is a talented artist whose work in oil, ink and acrylic has been privately commissioned and exhibited.
Jake Elliott
Jake ElliottAppraisals Specialist
Jake has an impeccable academic record, including a BA (First Class) and an MA in English Literature from University College London.

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.
James Noble
James NobleAppraisals 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.

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.
"I can't tell you the joy of discovering The Modern House - at last an estate agent who not just 'got' and loved modern design, but one that was also completely connected to everyone else who liked it too." — Anthony, seller
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Georgia Grunfeld
Georgia GrunfeldHead 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.

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 HemingwayPrime Sales Advisor
Corey is a specialist in the Prime London market, and has overseen many of the agency’s most high-profile sales in recent years. Her expertise in negotiation and sales progression is matched by an acute understanding of design and architecture.

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.
Olivia Quirke
Olivia QuirkeSenior 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.

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-YardleySales 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.

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 RoomeSales 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.

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.
Katherine Banks
Katherine BanksSales 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.

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.
Marketing
Emma Mansell
Emma MansellDirector 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.

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 MonaghanContent 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.

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.
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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. As the agency has developed, we've gone on to publish two of our own books on Modern architecture and design, and become recognised experts on the subject.
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