In the mid-1930s three giants of the international modern movement, Bauhaus professors Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy fled Nazi Germany and sought refuge in Hampstead in the most exciting new apartment block in Britain. The Lawn Road Flats, or Isokon Building as it came to be known, was commissioned by Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by aspiring architect Wells Coates. Magnus Englund and Leyla Daybelge will tell the story of the Isokon from its beginnings to the present day; not just of its design and architecture but of war, sex, death, espionage and the infamous dinner parties!
Dick Russell and his wife Marion Pepler were Isokon residents at one time. After WWII Jack Pritchard tried to sell the Isokon Company to Gordon Russell but without success. Both men were close to Nikolaus Pevsner.
Magnus Englund was a resident of Jack and Molly’s penthouse in the Isokon Building. He has championed the building’s revival and is a trustee of the Isokon Gallery. He was the co-founder of the popular interior design company, Skandium.
Leyla Daybelge is a journalist and TV news presenter who writes regularly for the Telegraph and other publications. She was previously Head of Press for Contemporary and Design at Sotheby’s.
They are the co-authors of Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain, published in March 2019 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.