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Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of an Architect Hardcover – 27 Nov 2003

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; annotated edition edition (27 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415258537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415258531
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,040,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Mercifully free from art historical jargon, this is very much a non-specialist's view, and all the better for that ... This book charts Goldfinger's character and architecture in a clear way, making a good careful biography.' - Building Design

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Format: 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.
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Format: Hardcover
Nigel Warburton has scoured the archives to bring together this fascinating story of the life and work of Erno Goldfinger.
You may have heard of this architect but did you know that he actually tried to sue Ian Fleming's publishers over the use of his name in the novel? That as well as designing Trellick Tower, Balfron Tower and Alexander Fleming House, he also designed furniture and family homes?
In this book you will find out about the architect's ideas and the philosophy that drove his designs. About his temper, which meant it was unusual for staff to remain employed for a year in his office. And about his interesting connections, whose friendship lead to him doing such things as acting as technical advisor to a group of Surrealists designing camouflage during the war and organising art exhibitions to raise money for Communist Russia.
With plenty of photos and anecdotes this book is not only informative, but also a good read.
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Just loved the idea of being able to listen to such a fascinating story of this controversial architect.
Very entertaining and well read by actor who has clearly read and liked his subject. Well produced.
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