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1939: England in Colour

1939: England in Colour

By on Apr 29, 2014 in Architecture, Articles, Culture, Life, Magazine, Places | 0 comments

Here are some beautiful images of England taken in 1939. This is the England many people have in their imaginations…idyllic countryside, no traffic, good weather. Modern England is somewhat different, although there are still plenty of places that still look like this. Tip: click on the photos in the slideshow to see the full-size images – they’re...

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By on Jan 19, 2014 in Architecture, Design, Magazine, Places | 0 comments

We love this video explaining the thinking behind the British new towns created after World War 2. The theory was great – the reality not as good, unfortunately, especially as these towns and town centres have suffered from industrial decline and have failed to change to keep up with the changes in society. New Town – 1948 British Town and Country...

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London’s Top Brutalist Buildings

London’s Top Brutalist Buildings

By on Aug 30, 2013 in Architecture, Articles, Magazine | 0 comments

We love Brutalist architecture, and England has some great examples. Its a strange thing – Brutalism is such a polarising style, but there’s an honesty in it, and also a belief in design and it’s ability to influence our lives for the better – two qualities completely lacking in most modern architecture. Many people believe that Brutalism...

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Then & Now: Covent Garden Tube: 40 Years

Then & Now: Covent Garden Tube: 40 Years

By on Jun 13, 2013 in Architecture, Magazine | 0 comments

Fascinating photo comparison between Covent Garden Tube in 1973 and 2013. So much has happened in Britain over those 40 years that it’s not exaggerating to call it a social revolution – bankruptcy and bailout by the IMF, the loss of complete home-owned industries (car manufacturing, electronics, coal mining, steel production etc etc), the first woman...

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The Festival Wing

The Festival Wing

By on Jun 11, 2013 in Architecture, Magazine | 0 comments

I just came-across this information on the refurbishment of part of The Southbank Centre in Central London. What caught my eye initially was the identity…hello, here’s a new logo that’s using a slab-serif  ‘Egyptian’ font, much used in post-war Britain (albeit not italicised), and whilst I personally think the typography is somewhat...

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What is English style, anyway?

What is English style, anyway?

By on May 20, 2012 in Architecture, Articles, Books, Cars, Clothes, Culture, Design, Film, Food & Drink, House & Garden, Life, Magazine, Music, Transport | 0 comments

Are there any defining characteristics of English design? Over the thousands of years of design in England, to choose the common-threads of design and what objects best-exemplify this is obviously open to debate, and fraught with the risk of straying towards blind patriotism and jingoism. That is not my intention – I’m not saying these characteristics...

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