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The site where design aficionados come to shop – and learn

Not just an online shop, it’s also a club for connoisseurs of design

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The site where design aficionados come to shop – and learn

Image: Ingo Maurer GmbH

August 24 2010
Nicole Swengley

Any fan of contemporary design is likely to bookmark DeTnk for frequent use. Founded by architect and designer Rabih Hage of the eponymous London gallery, it’s a design marketplace for buying and selling collectable modern and contemporary designer furniture, lighting and objects. But it offers so much more, the site’s own tagline as an “online think-tank dedicated to everything relating to modern contemporary design, architecture and interiors” is truly justified.

The site is simple to navigate with immediate click-throughs to the bookstore, designer profiles, videos from DeTnk’s roving TV studio, results from international salerooms (it holds a database of major contemporary design transactions since 1998) and information about international shows and exhibitions.

There’s a space for showcasing work by up-and-coming and established designers, who can sell their work directly to collectors with DeTnk fronting all exchanges and filtering messages to respect the privacy of both parties. Typical designs (which change regularly) include, at the time of writing: Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig Zag chair (first picture, £898); Ingo Maurer’s Birdie’s Nest lights (second picture, €1,340); Gaetano Pesce’s Feltri chair (third picture, £2,505); and Piet Hein Eek’s Scrapwood chair (€475).

An online valuation report service is also offered for anyone looking to sell modern or contemporary designs. As a platform for disseminating news and articles about design, it is highly selective and well curated with links to key features in the international press.

Anyone registering with DeTnk qualifies for membership of its Collectors’ Club which offers discounts on contemporary and vintage designs, advisory services and special events. “DeTnk is very much an international connoisseurs’ club for people who want to know more about design,” says Hage. “It’s not just an e-commerce site because the human element is a key part of collecting design.”