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rennies seaside modern

specialists in british art & design of the 20C

we are paul & karen rennie

British goods poster by Mountmount and evans studio 1967



We have moved from London

after 10 years ...


our address is:

47 The Old High Street



CT20 1RN


shop open from thursday to sunday 11am to 5pm

otherwise we could be HERE or HERE or LOOKING ROUND THE TRIENNIAL .... 2014

or even at a RENAULT 4 RALLY.

please check we are open before travelling long distance!

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We do try to update our website regularly.

Items for sale are added all the time.



Paul and Karen Rennie met at Sothebys back in 1980 where they worked

for 6 years before becoming country auctioneers. They left their jobs to

open their shop in London, first at Butlers Wharf and then 10 years in

Bloomsbury at French's Dairy.  In 2006 they moved to Folkestone to open

their ship's cabin of a shop.  Paul received his doctorate and is now teaching

at Central Saint Martins London.  He can of course be found in the shop

at weekends too,  and is a very handy delivery boy for items taken to London!

If you want to see some press coverage about us... please click HERE!

If you want to see one of Karen's previous Triennial contributions... please click HERE orHERE or HERE or HERE



I suppose it is inevitable that we both have shopkeeper blood.

Paul's French family, Courvoisier, were Parisian furriers. Karen's paternal grandfather,

Alex Fishman, was a flatcap maker in Brick Lane London, and family ran the postoffice there.

K's maternal grandfather, Julius Slonims was an importer of Bohemian crystal and had a photographic studio off Rosebery Avenue London,

also in the East End of London. (Julius was also rather an accomplished painter,

copying the old masters!)
see here...

And here we are, two generations later.


paul2009  karen2009

2009 at the De La Warr Bexhill


photo at home © edmund clark

photo in shop © matt rowe


Paul and Karen in Calais 2014
and some of our favourite meals here 2017


Paul proudly holding Martin Parr photo

Paul proudly holding Martin Parr photo of him in shop
and wonderful photo by Paul's student Claire Køster taken with Hasselblad!

outing to see Great Globe Swanage 2016
outing to Compton Verney 2016
outing to Bredgar & Wormshill Steam Railway 2016
Kand P in Calais 2017
Gormless Folkestone 2017 Triennial
K keeping warm in many layers (inadvertently chanelling Zika Ascher on the ski slopes?)2019
P&K on Wissant Beach 2018- K's first film with her Rolleiflex (of course Paul took the one on right)


The shop:

The shop shows a selection of vintage graphics, furniture,

ceramics and textiles by British artists of the 20C. We cover

the period between WW1 and the Festival of Britain in 1951.

a recent visitor (2018) described it 'as rather like looking inside your brain',
which apparently was a compliment!

Our studio room above the shop has shelves like this...


In 2013 we were nominated for best vintage shop in Britain,

and were awarded 'Bronze'

Here is our homemade medal as Homes & Antiques only gave us

a paper certificate - we were very proud nevertheless.

Thankyou to everybody who voted for us.



We're interested in all the things artists have made that aren't painting,

drawing and sculpture. The willingness of artists to create new kinds of

work has its origins in the avant-gardist desire to escape the bourgeois

values of salon painting and to engage with audiences beyond the gallery.

Coincidentally the 1920s and 30s was a period during which different

forms of modernism emerged in consequence to the political and social

upheavals of WW1. The character of English modernism depends as much

on the landscapes of garden and seaside as on the vistas of the metropolis.

It's distinguished by a modest, low-key scale that finds expression in the

home-made, beach hut, garden shed and artist's studio. It's a comfy modernity.


Anyway, it's lovely stuff for home and not too expensive

Some of these items have been sold - we're sorry for any disappointment

but hope you'll be inspired by the possibilities.


We have many other exciting things for sale too.

au revoir au revoir....


to read about the history of the shop please click HERE

rennies seaside modern
47 the old high street
ct20 1rn

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t - (01303) 242427 or (0)7986 834084 anytime