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Isokon Gallery Experience the remarkable story of the Isokon apartment building, opened in 1934 as a progressive experiment in new ways of urban living.
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And the winner is... Isokon and Isokon Gallery! Docomomo International has announced the winners of the first Docomomo R...
02/09/2021

And the winner is... Isokon and Isokon Gallery! Docomomo International has announced the winners of the first Docomomo Rehabilitation Award (DRAW), recognizing the most outstanding interventions, from the past 12 years, in Modern architecture. On 1st September 2021, during a ceremony held at the 16th Docomomo International Conference – Tokyo, the chair of Docomomo International Ana Tostões has revealed the 18 awarded interventions. The Isokon building and the Isokon Gallery were awarded in the category "Conservation through Activism" which is defined as "Interventions that result of people or group action promoting the awareness of modern heritage, while spreading the concepts of a welfare proposal." More info on https://www.docomomo.com/rehabilitation-award

And the winner is... Isokon and Isokon Gallery! Docomomo International has announced the winners of the first Docomomo Rehabilitation Award (DRAW), recognizing the most outstanding interventions, from the past 12 years, in Modern architecture. On 1st September 2021, during a ceremony held at the 16th Docomomo International Conference – Tokyo, the chair of Docomomo International Ana Tostões has revealed the 18 awarded interventions. The Isokon building and the Isokon Gallery were awarded in the category "Conservation through Activism" which is defined as "Interventions that result of people or group action promoting the awareness of modern heritage, while spreading the concepts of a welfare proposal." More info on https://www.docomomo.com/rehabilitation-award

1930s bangle by the 4th Bauhaus teacher who lived at Lawn Road Flats: Naum Slutzky was a goldsmith, industrial designer ...
29/08/2021

1930s bangle by the 4th Bauhaus teacher who lived at Lawn Road Flats: Naum Slutzky was a goldsmith, industrial designer and master craftsman of the Bauhaus, born in Kiev in 1894. Slutzky studied to become a goldsmith at Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna, for Josef Hoffmann and Edward Wimmer among others. From 1919 he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar, working with Johannes Itten. He mainly designed jewellery and lamps, but also teapots and coffee pots (there is a silver teapot in the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum London, and a coffee pot in Nationalmuseum in Stockholm). In 1924 he left Bauhaus to become an independent designer. In 1933, when Hi**er became Chancellor, Slutzky fled to England where he initially found work at the progressive art college, Dartington Hall in Totness, Devon. He went on to be a design teacher at Central College of Arts and Crafts, that was part of Royal College of Art in London. While in Birmingham, he worked at The College of Arts and Crafts and collaborated with lighting firm Best & Lloyd. At the end of his life, Slutzky taught Three-Dimensional Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent 1963-1965. Slutzky died in Stevenage, England in 1965.

1930s bangle by the 4th Bauhaus teacher who lived at Lawn Road Flats: Naum Slutzky was a goldsmith, industrial designer and master craftsman of the Bauhaus, born in Kiev in 1894. Slutzky studied to become a goldsmith at Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna, for Josef Hoffmann and Edward Wimmer among others. From 1919 he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar, working with Johannes Itten. He mainly designed jewellery and lamps, but also teapots and coffee pots (there is a silver teapot in the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum London, and a coffee pot in Nationalmuseum in Stockholm). In 1924 he left Bauhaus to become an independent designer. In 1933, when Hi**er became Chancellor, Slutzky fled to England where he initially found work at the progressive art college, Dartington Hall in Totness, Devon. He went on to be a design teacher at Central College of Arts and Crafts, that was part of Royal College of Art in London. While in Birmingham, he worked at The College of Arts and Crafts and collaborated with lighting firm Best & Lloyd. At the end of his life, Slutzky taught Three-Dimensional Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent 1963-1965. Slutzky died in Stevenage, England in 1965.

Isokon Penguin Donkey Mk I and an Isokon stool with a round tray. Jack Pritchard had spotted the stool as part of the ra...
24/08/2021

Isokon Penguin Donkey Mk I and an Isokon stool with a round tray. Jack Pritchard had spotted the stool as part of the range offered by plywood maker A M Luther in Tallinn, Estonia, the company that manufactured the Isokon furniture, and simply had it rebranded for Isokon. It's never been established who the designer at A M Luther was, but it seems likely that Pritchard designed the tray, which simply slots around the top without being fixed. The Isokon Penguin Donkey was designed by Egon Riss in 1939 while he lived at Lawn Road Flats.

Isokon Penguin Donkey Mk I and an Isokon stool with a round tray. Jack Pritchard had spotted the stool as part of the range offered by plywood maker A M Luther in Tallinn, Estonia, the company that manufactured the Isokon furniture, and simply had it rebranded for Isokon. It's never been established who the designer at A M Luther was, but it seems likely that Pritchard designed the tray, which simply slots around the top without being fixed. The Isokon Penguin Donkey was designed by Egon Riss in 1939 while he lived at Lawn Road Flats.

Joldwynds is a modernist style house in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey, England, designed by architect Oliver Hill for Wilfred...
22/08/2021

Joldwynds is a modernist style house in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey, England, designed by architect Oliver Hill for Wilfred Greene, 1st Baron Greene. Completed in 1932, it is a Grade II listed building. It replaced an 1874 Arts and Crafts style house designed by Philip Webb, which itself replaced an earlier house of that name. Greene also had an additional house, The Wilderness, built in the grounds of Joldwynds, to a design by the modernist architectural partnership Tecton. This house, completed in 1939, is also Grade II listed.

Greene commissioned Oliver Hill to design a new, modernist style house, completed in 1932. It was Hill's only modernist design before that of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Lancashire, which was completed in 1933. The house has a T-shaped plan, with the stem of the T to the rear of the house. One wing is forward-curving, while the other wing and the stem of the T terminate in loggias and terraces. At the centre of the front elevation there is a large, curved window around a stair-tower. The house is topped by a central drum, from which a succession of flat roofs step down. The curving front and central stair-tower window were ideas that recurred in Hill's design for the Midland Hotel.

In the years immediately following its construction, the house required repairs to its rendering and to leaking roofs, leading Greene to sue Hill for compensation. The architect Margaret Lubetkin née Church was Greene's god daughter, and he consulted with Tecton, the modernist architectural practice led by her husband Berthold Lubetkin, intending to make alterations. Instead, Greene accepted Tecton's suggestion that another house could be built elsewhere in the grounds, for a similar cost. The new house was built against a south-facing slope in a part of the Joldwynds estate known as the wilderness garden, and became known as The Wilderness. This time, Greene insisted on a pitched roof. Anticipating the outbreak of World War II, he also required that the construction should be achievable by a local builder, using a collection of building materials that Greene stockpiled as a precaution against wartime shortages. The house was completed in 1939. Margaret Lubetkin was the principal designer. Unusually for Tecton, the design combined traditional with modernist elements. The house is largely of brick, with pitched slate roofs. In a more modern style, however, on the south, garden elevation there are concrete piers supporting balconies and a canopy. It is an early example of this kind of stylistic mixture.

Joldwynds was used as a location for the TV drama Agatha Christie's Poirot in several episodes, including The Theft of the Royal Ruby and The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim. Joldwynds was also the location for the filming of the 2020 remake of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Moving house? Le Corbusier considered the tapestry as woolen walls to be unhooked, rolled up and moved around, making th...
15/08/2021

Moving house? Le Corbusier considered the tapestry as woolen walls to be unhooked, rolled up and moved around, making the link between the original nomadic characteristic of the woolen hangings which accompanied Middle Age Lords in their different residences. and the changes of places demanded by modern life.

Moving house? Le Corbusier considered the tapestry as woolen walls to be unhooked, rolled up and moved around, making the link between the original nomadic characteristic of the woolen hangings which accompanied Middle Age Lords in their different residences. and the changes of places demanded by modern life.

Alvar Aalto & Volkswagen. Wolfsburg, Germany is the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters and the world's biggest car...
13/08/2021

Alvar Aalto & Volkswagen. Wolfsburg, Germany is the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters and the world's biggest car plant. Wolfsburg was founded on 1 July 1938 as a planned town, built to house workers of the Volkswagen factories erected to assemble what would be later known as the Volkswagen Beetle. Today, the city has a population of 100,000. The Alvar Aalto Cultural Centre in Wolfsburg (in German the Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus) was designed by Aalto in 1958 and inaugurated in 1962. It comprises a library, educational and youth facilities, municipal offices. retail premises and a restaurant, simply named Aalto.

Let's walk behind... the famous Paimio Sanatorium in Finland by Alvar Aalto has such a photogenic facade that unless you...
05/08/2021

Let's walk behind... the famous Paimio Sanatorium in Finland by Alvar Aalto has such a photogenic facade that unless you've been there and walked around the building, its impressive back is easily missed. Paimio Sanatorium was built in 1930-1933 on the basis of Aalto's winning entry in an architecture competition 1928-1929. The site of the building is a sandy terrain in the middle of a pine forest, as this was considered a healthy location for the patients.

Let's walk behind... the famous Paimio Sanatorium in Finland by Alvar Aalto has such a photogenic facade that unless you've been there and walked around the building, its impressive back is easily missed. Paimio Sanatorium was built in 1930-1933 on the basis of Aalto's winning entry in an architecture competition 1928-1929. The site of the building is a sandy terrain in the middle of a pine forest, as this was considered a healthy location for the patients.

Grade II listed Polventon house at Mother Ivey's Bay in Trevose, Cornwall. Designed by J. J. Crowe and S. Careless in 19...
03/08/2021

Grade II listed Polventon house at Mother Ivey's Bay in Trevose, Cornwall. Designed by J. J. Crowe and S. Careless in 1936 for R H & Eric Stein. The house is featured in the 1944 edition of F. R. S. Yorke's book 'The Modern House in England'. The chef Rick Stein said in a newspaper interview in 2002: '..(my parents) had quite artistic friends - painters and novelists - and every summer we went to Cornwall because my father and his brother had built what is now a listed Art Deco house on the cliffside...'

Lumafabriken ("The Luma factory")  is a building on Lumagatan at Hammarby in Stockholm. The factory was completed in 193...
01/08/2021

Lumafabriken ("The Luma factory") is a building on Lumagatan at Hammarby in Stockholm. The factory was completed in 1930 and was designed by Kooperativa Förbundet (Coop) architects Artur von Schmalensee and Eskil Sundahl in a strict functionalist style. In 1930, Kooperativa Förbundet started production of light bulbs with the brand "Lumalampan" in the new facility. The production plan was set for 2 million lamps per year, which accounted for about a quarter of annual consumption in Sweden. Already during the first year, 3 million lamps were sold, of which 1.7 million went to the cooperative associations. Lamps were also exported to the other Scandinavian countries. Production was expanded as needed with new lamp types, radio and gramophone players, and fluorescent lamps. From 1959, television sets under the brand "Lumorama", "Lumona" and "Lumavision" were also made in the factory at Hammarby. The Luma factory's original operations, including the manufacture of the Luma lamp, ceased in the 1970s. In the early 2000s, the Luma factory's buildings were renovated and the area was renamed Luma Park. The distinct light bulb testing room at the top is now a restaurant.

Architecture as an Olympic competition? Yes that was the norm, until the London Olympics of 1948, and the Gold Medal win...
30/07/2021

Architecture as an Olympic competition? Yes that was the norm, until the London Olympics of 1948, and the Gold Medal winner in the category Town Planning in 1948 was Yrjö Lindegren (1900-1952) from Finland. He was no stranger to Olympics; he had designed the Helsinki Olympic stadium with Toivo Jäntti from around 1934, intended for the 1940 Helsinki Olympics (after Berlin in 1936) but due to World War II, the 1940 Olympics were cancelled, went to London in 1948, and were only held in Helsinki in 1952. In 1937, Lindegren had won the Grand Prix for architecture at the World’s Fair in Paris. In the mid-1940s, he worked together with Alvar Aalto and Viljo Revell, making several community plans for post-World War II Finland. Lindegren died of a heart attack shortly after the Helsinki Olympics.

Photos from the new Bauhaus museum in Weimar, with thanks to Thorsten van Elten who took them yesterday.
28/07/2021

Photos from the new Bauhaus museum in Weimar, with thanks to Thorsten van Elten who took them yesterday.

The mysterious Isokon Bottleship. Possibly never produced, the Bottleship was a 1939 design variant of the Isokon Pengui...
27/07/2021

The mysterious Isokon Bottleship. Possibly never produced, the Bottleship was a 1939 design variant of the Isokon Penguin Donkey by Austrian émigré architect Egos Riss. Instead of holding books, the right hand side holds bottles of wine. The name Bottleship was a typical Jack Pritchard joke, but with a serious background. Twenty years earlier, on the 21 June 1919, he had witnessed the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney islands, when he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy.

The mysterious Isokon Bottleship. Possibly never produced, the Bottleship was a 1939 design variant of the Isokon Penguin Donkey by Austrian émigré architect Egos Riss. Instead of holding books, the right hand side holds bottles of wine. The name Bottleship was a typical Jack Pritchard joke, but with a serious background. Twenty years earlier, on the 21 June 1919, he had witnessed the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney islands, when he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy.

Vintry House, Queen St Place, London was the workplace of one Jack 'Plywood' Pritchard and the head office for plywood m...
23/07/2021

Vintry House, Queen St Place, London was the workplace of one Jack 'Plywood' Pritchard and the head office for plywood maker Venesta ('veneer Estonia'). Crates and barrels were amongst their many product lines, often for quite unexpected uses. The company supplied the crates for two historic Artic expeditions. The first was Shackleton’s Ni**od expedition, and second Captain Scott’s ill fated Terra Nova expedition. Venesta crates were reused by Scott to make the covers of the South Polar Times (a newspaper produced by the men of the expedition) and (with sealskin) to make boots. Some of Scott’s Venesta crates were discovered in the Artic just a few years ago, almost intact 100 years later. The crate in the photo was originally used by Oxford University Exploration Club for their Expedition To The Andes Of Peru, which must have involved mountaineering. It seems two crates survived the journey and were brought back to Britain. They are now for sale on eBay.

Egon Riss (1901 - 1964) is mainly remembered as the designer of the first Isokon Penguin Donkey in 1939, but this Austri...
17/07/2021

Egon Riss (1901 - 1964) is mainly remembered as the designer of the first Isokon Penguin Donkey in 1939, but this Austrian emigre was an architect. Hired by the Scottish coal board after WWII, Riss designed pits at Rothes, Kilroch, Bilston Glen, Seafiled and Monktonhall. This is a drawing by Egon Riss of Scotland's most successful coal superpit, situated in the Ayrshire coalfield at Ochiltree, to the southwest of Glasgow. It was able to produce over 1 million tons of coal per year. It opened in 1960, and employed over 2,000 people for most of its operational life, eventually being closed down in 1987 not long after the miners' strike. As far as we know, none of the Riss buildings remain.

Egon Riss (1901 - 1964) is mainly remembered as the designer of the first Isokon Penguin Donkey in 1939, but this Austrian emigre was an architect. Hired by the Scottish coal board after WWII, Riss designed pits at Rothes, Kilroch, Bilston Glen, Seafiled and Monktonhall. This is a drawing by Egon Riss of Scotland's most successful coal superpit, situated in the Ayrshire coalfield at Ochiltree, to the southwest of Glasgow. It was able to produce over 1 million tons of coal per year. It opened in 1960, and employed over 2,000 people for most of its operational life, eventually being closed down in 1987 not long after the miners' strike. As far as we know, none of the Riss buildings remain.

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hello, any thoughts on this 1930s plywood shelving unit designed by wells coates for cresta silks retail chain,brought in a cambridge goodwill store
Hello all! Not sure if this has been shared here but it appears there's an article mentioning the Isokon on the British Airways magazine. My cousin sent this to me but I don't have any more details. Happy readings :)
Fabulous and a joy, love Bauhaus, many heroes of mine!
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