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Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain / Leyla Daybelge & Magnus Englund.

Author/Creator:
Daybelge, Leyla author.
Publication:
London : Batsford, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
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Subjects:
Bauhaus -- History.
Isokon Building (London, England) -- History.
Isokon Building (London, England) -- Pictorial works.
Artists -- Homes and haunts -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Isokon Building (London, England).
Bauhaus.
Artists -- Homes and haunts.
England -- London.
Form/Genre:
History.
Pictorial works.
Summary:
In the mid-1930s, three giants of the international Modern movement, Bauhaus professors Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, fled Nazi Germany and sought refuge in Hampstead in the most exciting new apartment block in Britain. The Lawn Road Flats, or Isokon building (as it came to be known), was commissioned by the young visionary couple Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by aspiring architect Wells Coates. Built in 1934 in response to the question "How do we want to live now?" it was England's first modernist apartment building and was hugely influential in pioneering the concept of minimal living. During the mid-1930s and 1940s its flats, bar and dining club became an extraordinary creative nexus for international artists, writers and thinkers. Jack Pritchard employed Gropius, Breuer and Moholy-Nagy in his newly formed Isokon design company and the furniture, architecture and graphic art the three produced for him and other clients during their brief sojourn in pre-war England helped shape Modern Britain.0This book tells the story of the Isokon, from its beginnings to the present day, and fully examines the work, artistic networks and legacy of the Bauhaus artists during their time in Britain. The tales are not just of design and architecture but war, sex, death, espionage and the infamous dinner parties. Isokon resident Agatha Christie features in the book, as does Charlotte Perriand, working for Le Corbusier's practice, who Jack Pritchard commissioned for a pavilion design in 1930.0The book is beautifully illustrated with archive photography - much of which is previously unseen - and includes the work of photographer and Soviet spy Edith Tudor-Hart, as well as plans and sketches, menus, postcards and letters from the Pritchard family archive.
Contents:
Jack and Molly
Wells Coates
The Bauhaus
Building the flats
The arrival of the Bauhauslers
Isokon furniture
The Bauhauslers work outside Isokon
Food, books and spies
The war and its aftermath
The 1950 and 60s
the rebirth of Isokon
The decline and rescue of Lawn Road Flats
The future.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Englund, Magnus, author.
ISBN:
1849944911
9781849944915
OCLC:
1048933271