Isokon and the Bauhaus - how Estonian plywood helped shape modern Britain

Isokon and the Bauhaus - how Estonian plywood helped shape modern Britain

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 5th Jun 2019

Authors Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund talk about their new book Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Batsford, 2019). This illustrated talk will cover the story of the groundbreaking Isokon building, its artistic network and the legacy of Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy, the Bauhaus professors who lived there during the 1930s.

Built in 1934, the Grade I listed Isokon building on Lawn Road in Hampstead was Britain’s first modernist apartment building. Constructed from reinforced concrete, the flats were filled with the latest plywood furniture, and were hugely influential in pioneering the concept of minimal living. The Isokon flats, bar and dining club would become an extraordinary creative nexus for a network of international artists, writers, politicians, architects, designers and even spies.

Central to the story is the modernist furniture collection that Isokon founder Jack Pritchard created with the Bauhaus masters, manufactured at the vast A M Luther factory in Tallinn, Estonia through its British subsidiary Venesta. Estonian plywood played a key part in the development of British modernist architecture and design.

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2019-06-05 2019-06-05 Europe/London Isokon and the Bauhaus - how Estonian plywood helped shape modern Britain Authors Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund talk about their new book Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/06/05/isokon-and-the-bauhaus-how-estonian-plywood-helped-shape-modern-britain-200703 Estonian Embassy in London,44 Queen's Gate Terrace,London,

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Location

Estonian Embassy in London,

44 Queen's Gate Terrace,
London,
SW75PJ

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