Homewood, a private residence located in Esher, Surrey, is a striking example of early British Modernism. Patrick Gwynne (1913-2003) designed it in 1937, at the age of 24, as a home for his parents, himself and his sister. It replaced their Victorian villa on the same plot, and was completed in 1938.
In 1939, World War Two broke out. Patrick’s father rejoined the Navy, Patrick signed up to the RAF and his sister became a WREN. The house was let out during the war, and both of Patrick’s parents died before peace was declared in 1944.
Patrick returned in 1945. In 1946 he restored the house for himself. In the 1960s he designed the beige sofa in the living room and over the years he added his own designed furniture. He lived and worked in Homewood, continually modifying the house until his death in 2003. He left the property to the National Trust on the condition that a family must always live there.
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A photographic set of Gio Ponti's selected vintage furniture and decorations by photographer Renato D'Agostin.
“Ponti’s materials and clean lines joyfully dance with light and shade creating subliminal and archetypical forms whose vitality explains the Italian architect’s universal appeal and timeless modernity” - Renato D’Agostin
1950s design furniture, brutalist architectural elements, harsh contrast and sharp angles, perfectly combined to create this surreal scenery called "Shadow Lands". By photographer Leandro Farina in collaboration with set designer David White for Wallpaper*.
Mathieu Matégot (1910 - 2001). After studying at Budapest's school of art and architecture, Matégot created scenery and tapestries for the National Theatre. He settled in France in 1931 and as a volunteer in the French army, was captured and not released until 1944. After returning home, he established a workshop making handcrafted furniture in Paris. He devoted a decade to contemporary furniture design before returning to tapestry in the early 1960s becoming one of the leaders of the modern movement in French tapestry.
Matégot was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal; a pairing that particularly characterizes his work. His legendary three-legged Nagasaki Chair is one of his best-known pieces and is included in the permanent exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum.
Franco Fontana was born in Modena in 1933. Since the 1960s, he has been one of the great masters of color photography. His first personal exhibitions took place in 1963 in Vienna, in 1965 in Turin and in 1968 in Modena. Since then he has participated in more than 400 exhibitions - collective and personal - and his work is in approximately 60 museum collections all over the world.