Charles Rennie Mackintosh absorbed arts and crafts ideas but went beyond them. He never thought that everything should be made by hand or that art was a moral crusade, and however much his buildings resonate with Scottish precedent, they anticipate modernism in their bold abstract shapes.
The star of the Louis Vuitton Foundation is the building by Frank Gehry, which looks good from every angle.
In Paris we visited the Louis Vuitton Foundation to see the large collection of works that had been brought over from MoMA for the exhibition "Etre Moderne". From its earliest days, MoMA has collected popular art, and here were photos by Walker Evans, Lisette Model and Alfred Steiglitz. Steamboat Willie, the first Micky Mouse film, … Continue reading LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION
I'd heard of Span houses but I'd never visited one and didn't know much about them until I visited a friend yesterday who'd recently moved into one. Eric Lyons, Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby's Span development company built thirty estates between 1948 and 1984, to which they applied Modernist principles and interesting ideas about living. … Continue reading SPAN HOUSE
We went to see High & Over and the Sun Houses in Amersham, modernist houses at the far end of Metroland in the stockbroker belt of Buckinghamshire. These four uncompromising buildings were the work of Amyas Connell, the New Zealand born architect who is credited with introducing the International Style to British domestic architecture. They … Continue reading HIGH & OVER AND THE SUN HOUSES, AMERSHAM
Yesterday we visited Isokon, the Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead, built in 1934 by Wells Coates, which was part of the Open House weekend in London. Three of the residents invited us in. The flats were designed for busy professionals who wanted an uncomplicated life, very small with tiny kitchens originally provided with one hotplate … Continue reading LAWN ROAD FLATS
László Hradszki posted a picture on Facebook of a tile by István Gádor with a leaping horse that he'd bought recently. As it happens, I'd been looking at another picture of this tile (above) (or, more likely, another cast from the same mould) in Gordon Forsyth’s book 20th Century Ceramics, published by The Studio in … Continue reading GORDON FORSYTH: "20th CENTURY CERAMICS"