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Life of Hungarian Architect,
This review is from: Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of an Architect (Hardcover)
Having lived in Balfron Tower and Mots House and undertaken extensive research in regard to Erno Goldfinger interviewing the Goldfingers family, relatives, friends, and colleagues who they worked with, Nigel Warburton has produced comprehensive biography of the Surrealist architect.
With Jewish background coupled with Marxist concepts, he was an extremely energetic, passionate, persistent individual and always presented strong determination to what he wanted to do.
Having believed positive concepts of Marxist and Communism, he energetically organised the art exhibitions of the 20th century art collection which contain the individual artist's deepest feelings of everyday life. The chief purpose of holding this exhibition to raise funds Russia, but in the meanwhile, this promoted the individualism in the art world.
The furniture and devices that he filled for houses have always been highly valued and their functional and flexible features have contributed for space savings and span-and-speck environment at the modernist houses.
He was a forward thinking man, and designed children's toys that would help their creativity. His second child, Liz Goldfinger became a furniture designer and two pieces of furniture that she designed are on display at 2 Willow Road.
Mr Warburton concludes that Erno Goldfinger achieved posthumous recognition and insult. It is impossible to disregard his character as an architect. He possessed meticulous eye for detail, and undoubtedly was an extremely skilled geometrician. He was a rational, obstinate, and single-minded architect at all times, and his outspoken and intimidating manner frequently scared his colleagues. He designed several high rise towers, e.g. Alexandra Fleming House, Balfron Tower, and Trelick Tower to solve the lack of social housing in post war period. In the event of Ronan Point disaster and the times when the journalist remarked a number of defective points, he showed an unapologetic and remorseless attitude to the public. By and by, he became an unpopular figure in the late 1970s. He died of pancreatic cancer in 1987. On the request of English Heritage, Trelick Tower was added for Grade II listed building in 1998.
Most carefully designed property, 2 Willow Road in Hampstead, which is under the care for by the National Trust has saved his reputation as a modernist architect, in addition to maintaining and promoting the value of the modern architecture and furniture, and 20th century art collection today.
Endorsed with plenty photos and anecodes, Nigel Warburton has produced a very informative and descriptive biography of the memorable architect in the 20th century.