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  • Le Corbusier and the Beatles

    Cap Moderne Le Corbusier and the Beatles I confess I haven’t always been a fan of Le Corbusier, I don’t know why not; perhaps because when I first went to Architecture College he was treated by the teaching faculty with such reverence, I felt a bit like I did towards the Beatles, really great but so what? It was…

  • Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier – Riviera Rivals

    What is this about the big quarrel between Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier.   Well, it all starts with L’architecture Vivante, Jean Badovici’s 1920s magazine show casing the new Modern Architectural Movements of The Bauhaus, Constructivism and De Stil.  Badovici was a friend of Corbusier and featured Le Corbusier in the magazine and championed his…

  • Eileen Gray and Virginia Woolf

    What do you mean you don’t know who Eileen Gray is?  Ok, well think of all that modern furniture you really like but can’t afford, all that chrome and black leather – well that’s Eileen Gray – but, I hear you say – isn’t that Le Corbusier?  Well yes some of it is, but the…

  • Photo: Cesare Chimenti

    Benetton heir takes helm to revive faded colours

    I was asked by the Reuters journalist; Paris based Michel Rose to comment on the Benetton brand in the UK as it attempted to regain the retail supremacy it had enjoyed back in the eighties with the appointment of Alessandro Benetton as the new CEO. This is what I wrote to Michel: I hadn’t realised they…

  • Architecture Generated From The Hip

    BUILDING DESIGN  – the weekly newspaper for the design team (September 1995) On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights last week the most recent attempt at that elusive goal, the fusion of architecture and dance was made by Bunty Matthias and Juliette Howay Milner with their dance piece Point of View at the Design Museum in…

  • Margate History

    Notes from a recent Margate misguided tour. Jane Austen considered Ramsgate a place of disrepute  – Seaside resorts were considered by some to be ‘socially dangerous’ places. Seaside resorts  would have been a gathering place for people with some wealth to visit, a place to see and be seen. “Off the back of this you…