Erno Goldfinger

Erno Goldfinger

Powers, Alan; Goldfinger: Harwood, E

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  • 9781848022744
  • Paperback
  • English
  • 196
  • Historic England
  • Jun 2018
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Goldfinger (1902-87) is one of the most celebrated modern architects to work in
Britain in the twentieth century. Born in Hungary and trained in Paris,
he was subject to influences that he synthesised in his work: the craft of
producing fine concrete with classical refinement of composition from his
teacher Auguste Perret, the drama of scale from the work of Le Corbusier, and
from Adolf Loos, a special sensitivity in handling interior space and
respecting local character. Goldfinger's career among the great names of modern
art and architecture in Paris was diverted when he married the artist Ursula
Blackwell and settled in London in 1934, designing furniture, shop interiors
and a few houses up to 1939. In his career after 1945, Goldfinger brought
a distinctive European sophistication to the architecture of his adopted
culture, but while respected by fellow architects and elected to membership of
the Royal Academy, he remained an outsider in English Modernism. Only
when in 1996 the National Trust opened his own pre-war home in Hampstead with
its fine collection of abstract and surrealist art, and his dramatic late
residential slab blocks, Balfron and Trellick towers became part of a cult of
Brutalism, did his star begin to rise. He now enjoys a fame never enjoyed
during his lifetime.
Written by
two leading experts of mid-century architecture, this is the first detailed
survey of the full range of Goldfinger's work. It is stunningly illustrated by
new photography as well as images and plans from Goldfinger's own extensive