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Isokon and Bauhaus: A Century of Modernist Design


ISOKON and the BAUHAUS: A Century of Modernist Design with Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund at Erno Goldfinger's home at 2 Willow Road NW3

Thursday 28th March 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Bauhaus, one of the most influential architecture, art and design schools of the 20th century, began 100 years ago in Weimar, Germany. Despite the school’s resounding success the Nazis deemed their minimal aesthetic as degenerate art and forced closure of its founding school just 14 years after it had opened. Three of the Bauhaus professors: Gropius, Breuer and Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, fled Nazi Germany and found refuge in Britain’s first modernist apartment building in Hampstead. Here they went on to play an instrumental role in the newly formed Isokon design company, a firm whose furniture, architecture and graphic art helped shape Modern Britain.

In this talk, we invite you into the living room of Brutalist architect, Erno Goldfiner, to hear authors Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund reveal the story of the Isokon, from its beginnings to the present day. They will examine 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 infamous dinner parties.

This talk is now sold out.

Leyla Daybelge
Leyla Daybelge is a Journalist and Broadcaster, with a background in news and current affairs, as a newscaster, correspondent and producer for BBC Radio Four, ITN, ITV News and Sky News. She currently writes travel and culture features for the Daily Telegraph amongst others. She was previously Head of Press for Contemporary and Design at Sotheby’s.

Magnus Englund
Magnus Englund is the current resident of Jack and Molly Pritchard’s penthouse in the Isokon building. He has championed the building’s revival and is a trustee of the Isokon Gallery. He is the co-founder of the popular interior design company, Skandium.


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