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Mid Century Bonanza!

This weekend we’re looking forward to a Sunday shopping treat like no other when Mid Century East returns to Hackney and as an added bonus it’s set in the rather splendid Grade II listed Haggerston School.


This stunning modernist building is Erno Goldfinger’s only secondary school and was built in 1964. The Hungarian-born London based architect was the first to develop the use of concrete aesthetically in the UK inspired by Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier; he was the architect behind the now famous Trellick Tower and the inspiration behind the Bond character of the same name!


check-out some more of my favourite London brutalist architecture here


A true craftsman…

It had been over 5 years since we’d installed our first woodburner at Kernolou at a time when there were stinging nettles still growing through the living room walls.  In those early days we really were at the first stages of refurbishment and at the mercy of the elements inside or out, which on occasion felt like pretty much the same thing.

Unsurprising then that the little woodburner that had served us so Continue reading “A true craftsman…”

Shoreditch Home Stores

Located on Curtain Road, between Old Street & Liverpool Street tube stations in a former furniture manufacturers warehouse is the rather splendid interiors store, SCP.

Spread over three floors each revealing a selection of accoutrements from the latest kitchen utensils, quirky placemats, to beautiful lighting & expertly crafted furniture, this emporium is an Aladdin’s cave, a true treasure trove for all those things you never even knew you wanted… This really is one of my favourite stores in London  – check-out their website 

Mackintosh Architecture

imageThis month the iconic RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) building on Portland Place is hosting a free exhibition and series of talks devoted to the style of the Scottish Architect & Designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Highlights for me were the amazing scale models and grainy film clips, for the enthusiast there is also a collection of over 60 original drawings and watercolours.

The Art Deco 1930’s listed RIBA building is worth a visit in its own right, I was mesmerised by the ceiling reliefs that illustrate various building industry trades and crafts – see my RIBA gallery for some amateur iPhone shots…

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