Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain by Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund, published by Batsford.
Isokon and the British Bauhaus tells the story of the iconic modernist appartment block in Hampstead, north London. Built in 1934, it was the first of its kind in England, comissioned by Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by architect Wells Coates.
The building became a creative hub for artists and writers during the mid-1930s and 1940s, including the Bauhaus professors Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy when they fled Nazi Germany.
The beautifully illustrated book examines the design legacy and artistic network of the Bauhaus artists during their stay in Britain, featuring previously unseen archive photography, interdispersed with sketches, plans and letters from the Pritchard family archive.
18.9w x 24.6cmh
Image 3 credit: Nick Kane, courtesy of Avanti Architects.
Image 5 credit: TheModernHouse.com
The Pritchards’ Penthouse flat, photographed in 2016, fittingly furnished with Isokon designs by Magnus Englund, co-author of the book.
Image 7 credit: Courtesy of University of East Anglia, Pritchard Papers
Image 8 credit: Courtesy of University of East Anglia, Pritchard Papers
Marcel Breuer, Ise and Walter Gropius, July 1935, Lawn Road Flats’ First Birthday Party.
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