Goldfinger’s Architectural Touch
In 1934, just before the break of World War II, Ernõ Goldfinger moved to London with his wife. A renowned architect in Hungary, he continued his legacy in the British capital. A key member of the modernist architectural movement in the UK, Goldfinger built three houses in North London and another one in Essex before the war. Today, his home, 2 Willow Road, is managed by the National Trust of London and open to the public as a testament of his important work in the city. In fact, the house still has the furniture that Goldfinger, his wife and children used until his death in 1987, much of which was built by him. It also hosts an interesting selection of art from the 20th century.
He left a long legacy of work in London. The British Communist Party headquarters and the Alexander Fleming House are some of his creations. But perhaps he rose to fame with his tower blocks in the wake of WWII where almost 4 million houses were destroyed. His work continues being appreciated in modern London, with Balfron Tower and Carradale House being his strongest works.
Modern Designers in London
Goldfinger isn’t the only Hungarian whose talent has caught the eye of the United Kingdom. Modern designers have popped up in the city with exhibitions in many other design disciplines. The London Design Festival has been a key element for Hungarian artists to showcase their work in the designing industry. There are other platforms to launch themselves in an international market, like Pulse London, where last year’s edition saw 14 Hungarian designers.
The fair is a stepping stone for purchasers and decision makers who are looking to introduce new brands in London.