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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