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Isokon and the Bauhaus

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


How Estonian plywood helped shape modern Britain

London Festival of Architecture lecture at the Estoniam Embassy

Authors Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund talk about their new book Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Batsford, 2019). This illustrated lecture covers 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.

This event is organised by the London Festival of Architecture

Free entry upon registration at Eventbrite.

Limited seating. Please bring photo ID.

Image credit: Batsford


June 5
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


London Festival of Architecture


Estonian Embassy in London
44 Queen's Gate Terrace
London, SW7 5PJ United Kingdom
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