Category Archives: Modernism

All things plastic: a visit to the Bakelite Museum

We have been meaning to visit the Bakelite Museum in Williton in Somerset for absolutely ages. Rumours that it may be about to close its doors finally got us there this week.it is a wonderfully eccentric place and you can … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – Queen’s Court

Queen’s Court, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol In 1937 a large triangular site on Queens Road in Clifton, a hundred yards uphill from the landmark Victoria Rooms became the site of the first large-scale luxury block of flats built in Bristol. … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – The All Electric House

The All Electric House – Stoke Bishop, Bristol. I have been writing an essay about Marcel Breuer and his involvement with Bristol furniture manufacturers P E Gane Ltd in the 1935-6. Breuer was one of a group of designers and … Continue reading

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20th Century Tile Murals in Lisbon. Part 2 Eduardo Nery

My visit to the Avenida Infanta Santo in Lisbon was to see the four large tiles murals installed there in 1959 as part of a large public housing project (see the previous post). I had been lured there by a … Continue reading

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20th Century Tile Murals in Lisbon – Part 1

A few years ago someone gave me a book called The Art of Azuleyo in Portugal (1988). It is illustrated mainly in black and white and not very exciting, but right at the back is a short chapter entitled Modern … Continue reading

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Belfast – Transport House tiled muralĀ 

Transport House in High Street, Belfast is the former Northern Ireland headquarters of the Transport and General Workers Union. Built in 1959 and designed by architect J J Brennan it is clad in soft green ceramic tiles with a large … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – The Concrete House

The Concrete House sits on a hilltop cul-de-sac in Westbury-on-Trym in NW Bristol. Designed by Amyas Connell of Connell, Ward and Lucas and  built in 1934 it is one of the earliest Modernist concrete houses in Britain.    The house … Continue reading

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