An Ernő Goldfinger-designed secondary school in Haggerston, East London, will this month play host to the latest Midcentury Modern show. Devotees of classic designs by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner will be able to buy furniture, ceramics, glassware and vintage fabrics, as well as pick up a limited-edition ceramic mug (£10 on the day; £12 thereafter) created exclusively for the fair by People Will Always Need Plates.
The event offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see inside Goldfinger’s Grade II-listed school, which was built in the 1960s and has recently been refurbished. For more insights into the iconic Modernist architect’s work, make the most of your trip to East London by visiting Balfron Tower, Goldfinger’s Brutalist masterpiece, where designers Wayne and Tilly Hemingway have furnished one of the flats in 1960s style on behalf of the National Trust. The space, which Goldfinger himself lived in for a two-month period in 1968, embodies his belief that well-designed high-rise buildings could help tackle urban poverty.
Flat 130, Balfron Tower, London E14, is open until October 12 (nationaltrust.org.uk/london)
Midcentury Show East, Weymouth Terrace, London E2, takes place on October 12, 10am–4pm (modernshows.com). Book in advance to pay only £8 for your ticket (usual price £9) and be in with the chance of winning Case Furniture’s reissued ‘675’ chair by Robin Day.
Words: Frances Hedges