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The closest British design came to Bauhaus...

  was arguably in the furniture produced by Isokon in the

  1930s. We asked Magnus Englund, Isokon furniture

  collector and Managing Director of contemporary design 

  retailer Skandium (, to share his advice on

  buying vintage IsokanWhile most Isokon furniture was 

  designed during the 1930s, it has a timeless look that

  points forward to US and Scandinavian 1950s ply furniture.

  The start of Isokon came about because of its founder

   Jack Pritchard’s work for the British company Venesta, a

   sister company of the Estonian plywood manufacturer 

   Luther. Plywood is therefore the material of choice for all

   Isokon furniture. Alvar Aalto’s plywood furniture designs

   from the 1930s certainly had an influence, which is hardly

   surprising as Aalto furniture was widely sold in Britain

   through Finmar at the time.



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