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Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

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Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

Nice to throw in the occasional oddity and it doesn’t get odder than the Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

Yes, you can buy your own football stadium and club, although you might have to start your own club from scratch, as Isthmian League side Thurrock FC haven’t played here since the end of 2017/18, with the owner unable to find a buyer as a going concern.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

That doesn’t mean you couldn’t restart it at the lowest level of the football pyramid, but you will have to look into that one before buying into the idea. After all, running a football club is not exactly a cheap hobby, even at a basic level.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

But if that is your dream, you have pretty much everything you need here, as long as you want an Essex-based team in the non-league system.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

The main pitch is surrounded by seating and terraced stands, seating being on three of those sides. You also get a clubhouse, the stadium catering outlet and a merchandise shop. But that’s not quite all.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

A further two football pitches can be found to the north of the main pitch, which are used as training and playing fields. The Thurrock Hotel, which is a 4/5 storey building, with parking, sits at the southern boundary of the site.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

Of course, this is also a huge patch of land totalling 17.4 acres and there could be demand for it just on that basis. The planning regulations regarding the land seem to be quite complex, but it looks like some development of a certain kind would be allowed.

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

But let’s hope someone gives the community a football club back instead. If that’s you or you happen to know any football-obsessed millionaires, this site is up for sale for £2,950,000.

Images and details courtesy of Dedman Gray. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale
Thurrock Football Club and stadium in Essex up for sale

 

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Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

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Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist
Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

For an affordable Christmas gift for someone with a love of modernism, check out the modernist city tote bags at The Modernist.

Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist
Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

 

Yes, a heavy use of the words ‘modernist’ and ‘modernism’ there, but that’s hardly surprising, as they are at the heart of these designs.

Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist
Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

 

The bags are made by the people behind the much-loved The Modernist magazine, with the designs obviously including Manchester (the place of the magazine’s birth), but taking in other locations that have taken on the preservation of modernism as a cause.

So you are looking at Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool and Croydon too.

Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist
Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

 

The designs are consistent, bold and slightly retro, with all made of 100 per cent cotton and in different colours for each city.

I suppose if you don’t have an allegiance to one of the cities, it might be a non-starter. But if you do, just £6 is firmly in ‘stocking filler’ territory. Plenty of other affordable bits and pieces too, which are worth checking out.

Find out more at The Modernist website

Update: It looks like Manchester has sold out. Also, if you are after a tote bag, worth checking out the Barbican Estate totes by Stefi Orazi too.

 

Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist
Modernist city tote bags at The Modernist

 

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Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

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Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

Quite a long title, but this is an apartment in the 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Thanks to Modernism In Metro-Land for the background detail (go back the Modernism In Metro-Land book if you can), which is pretty much all the detail there is, outside of the fact that it dates from 1965.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

It is a rather impressive piece of 1960s modernism too, made up of two apartment blocks in red brick with white concrete detailing. Think hip, sixties living and you probably think something like this.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

The apartment in question is a first-floor apartment in the left wing of the block and also a refurbishment job, which is always an interesting proposition.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

This one looks to have been updated in some way in the fairly recent past, but not to a high standard. Perhaps a former rental? Who knows. But I do know that it needs work now to bring it back to its best.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. First up, it means the price is lower than a fully-restored apartment and secondly, you can sort this one out to your own taste and standards.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

The structure of the apartment is generally untouched. It looks like the original internal doors and door to the balcony are still there, plus some of the original dark wood skirting boards, for example. Not much has changed with the balcony, which looks to have the original 1960s planters. Even some if the bathroom fittings are original too.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

But beyond that, the place really needs stripping out and bringing up to date and/or in keeping with the apartment’s original 1960s style. In other words, something of a blank canvas to work on.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

You have 1,035 sq.ft. of space to rework, with accommodation including three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite), the kitchen and the private terrace with views across the ‘substantial, mature’ estate grounds.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Southwood Park residents also have access to a full-time resident manager, those communal gardens (almost equivalent to your own park) and a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool. Hot water and heating are also included but note that it will all come with a service charge per year.

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Before you consider that and your new kitchen, you might want to consider the asking price. Not a cheap area, with this one with a guide price of £899,950.

Images and details courtesy of Winkworth. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners-designed Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6
Apartment in 1960s Douglas Stephen and Partners Southwood Park, Highgate, London N6

 

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Scandinavian modernism: Top 25 most popular house finds

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Scandinavian modernism: Top 25 most popular house finds

Scandinavian modernism: Top 25 most popular house finds
Scandinavian modernism: Top 25 most popular house finds

Do you like the idea of some Scandinavian modernism in your life? If so, check out the 25 most popular house finds on WowHaus for some inspiration.

When I say Scandinavian, I am focusing primarily on Sweden and Denmark. Thats not to say I have an issue with architecture in Norway and Finland, I just struggle to find any houses in those countries. Saying that, I have a gem coming up in Norway later this week. But before that, check out the most popular past finds.

25. 1960s Knud Joos-designed modernist property in Skagen, Denmark
25. 1960s Knud Joos-designed modernist property in Skagen, Denmark

25. 1960s Knud Joos-designed modernist property in Skagen, Denmark

Let’s start with a gem of Scandinavian modernism from 1961.

The work of Vilhelm Wohlert studio (who also designed the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen), this is actually US-style modernism with a Scandinavian touch. Bright, open-plan living space with some Scandi design touches and if you like art, plenty of wall space for that and some interesting pieces in the garden.

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24. 1970s midcentury-style property in Lerum, Sweden
24. 1970s midcentury-style property in Lerum, Sweden

24. 1970s midcentury-style property in Lerum, Sweden

Another design that has more than a hint of US MCM about it.

Updated, but still plenty of original features, such as the free-flowing space, the beams, the brick fireplace and full-height windows. Pool and sauna too.

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23. Three-storey townhouse in Stockholm, Sweden
23. Three-storey townhouse in Stockholm, Sweden

23. Three-storey townhouse in Stockholm, Sweden

Nothing quite says the 1960s like a three-storey townhouse.

In a sought-after location, these places rarely come up for sale. But this one did, with the architecture and layout intact. Saying that, the finish has been updated, but without taking away the character of the place.

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22. 1960s modernist property in Kyrkviken, Sweden
22. 1960s modernist property in Kyrkviken, Sweden

22. 1960s modernist property in Kyrkviken, Sweden

Now this is the kind of Scandinavian modernism I expect to see in Sweden.

The work of an unknown architect back in 1968, it has the angular frame, large windows and balconies, along with some exposed brick walls and the original wooden floors. Updated in places, but again, without taking anything away from the place.

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21. 1960s Henning Larsen-designed property in Birkerod, Denmark
21. 1960s Henning Larsen-designed property in Birkerod, Denmark

21. 1960s Henning Larsen-designed property in Birkerod, Denmark

Dating back to 1965 and updated in the mid-1980s, but this is still a great example of Scandi style.

Understated on one side, but a different story to the rear, with plenty of glazing overlooking the pool area. Inside is open, with exposed brick, beams and some lovely, original fixtures.

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20. 1970s modernist property in Saltsjo-Boo, near Stockholm, Sweden
20. 1970s modernist property in Saltsjo-Boo, near Stockholm, Sweden

20. 1970s modernist property in Saltsjo-Boo, near Stockholm, Sweden

Something bold from the 1970s, which is often the case.

The architecture is untouched, but it did undergo a recent renovation, which has created more of a contemporary space inside. Talking of inside, this one also has an indoor swimming pool with lounge and sauna, should you want to relax.

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19. 1950s Kjeld Dirckinck-Holmfel midcentury modern property in Aalborg, Denmark
19. 1950s Kjeld Dirckinck-Holmfel midcentury modern property in Aalborg, Denmark

19. 1950s Kjeld Dirckinck-Holmfel midcentury modern property in Aalborg, Denmark

Pretty much everything you would expect of Scandinavian modernism inside and out.

An understated single-storey design, the inside looks to have had a light renovation, which serves to bring out the best of the interior. Wood ceilings, clean, white finishes, built-in storage, a wonderful fireplace and what looks like the original kitchen.

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18. 1960s P. Tygesen-designed modernist property in Gothenburg, Sweden
18. 1960s P. Tygesen-designed modernist property in Gothenburg, Sweden

18. 1960s P. Tygesen-designed modernist property in Gothenburg, Sweden

Something a little different with this house in the wonderful city of Gothenburg.

Dating from around 1960, it is the work of an architect known for the light and space in his designs, which is definitely the case here. Love the double height living space and mezzanine level, complete with original staircase in particular.

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17. Jesper Lund-designed property in Hillerod, Denmark
17. Jesper Lund-designed property in Hillerod, Denmark

17. Jesper Lund-designed property in Hillerod, Denmark

Looks unassuming, doesn’t it? Trust me, the interior of this one is VERY special.

The work of Jesper Lund (for himself) back in 1969, this is wonderfully preserved property both inside and out. This is pretty much a shrine to Verner Panton inside and a dream if you want something unashamedly retro. You have to see the spiral staircase.

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16. 1960s architect-designed modernist property in Trollasen, Sweden
16. 1960s architect-designed modernist property in Trollasen, Sweden

16. 1960s architect-designed modernist property in Trollasen, Sweden

Another in the Gothenburg area and a design kept intact for well over 50 years.

Like a number of these, sympathetically updated for modern-day family living, but without losing character or original fittings. Bright and open-plan with wood ceilings (and some walls), vintage-style kitchen (mixing original units with modern tweaks), Scandi light fittings and a spiral staircase. A very cool office too.

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15. 1960s midcentury modern property in Kungsangen, near Stockholm, Sweden
15. 1960s midcentury modern property in Kungsangen, near Stockholm, Sweden

15. 1960s midcentury modern property in Kungsangen, near Stockholm, Sweden

The snow just adds to the cosiness of this particular design.

A ‘first time on the market’ and with all the details you would expect when hearing that phrase. Parquet flooring, wood ceilings, exposed brick walls and one of the coolest kitchens around. A very special house.

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14. 1960s modernist property in Stockholm, Sweden
14. 1960s modernist property in Stockholm, Sweden

14. 1960s modernist property in Stockholm, Sweden

This one is on Airbnb, so you can book it for a break if you deserve one.

My kind of holiday home too. Pretty much unchanged for 50 or so years, with the roof, the glazing and the balcony areas all catching the eye. Inside is a mix of the old and the new, with the old definitely winning the battle. Very cool and well-located for Stockholm centre too.

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13. 1960s Arne Branzell-designed midcentury property in Gothenburg, Sweden
13. 1960s Arne Branzell-designed midcentury property in Gothenburg, Sweden

13. 1960s Arne Branzell-designed midcentury property in Gothenburg, Sweden

Another unmistakable Scandinavian design.

Angular modernism with balcony is very much of the era and location, with this one also throwing in authenticity too. The ceilings, the windows, the flooring and so many original furnishings. This place is a ‘how to’ guide for Scandinavian modernism.

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12. 1950s Greta Magnusson Grossman-designed Villa Sundin in Hudiksvall, Sweden
12. 1950s Greta Magnusson Grossman-designed Villa Sundin in Hudiksvall, Sweden

12. 1950s Greta Magnusson Grossman-designed Villa Sundin in Hudiksvall, Sweden

The headline to this one is the designer behind it.

If you know the name, it might be down to Greta Grossman’s interior design pieces such as the Grasshopper lamp, the Cobra lamp or the 62 Series desk, all reissued of late. She designed houses too, mainly in the US, but she did just this one in Sweden. Dating back to 1959, little has changed, with this one almost like a museum of design. Another amazing kitchen too.

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11. 1960s modernist property in Hultsfred, Sweden
11. 1960s modernist property in Hultsfred, Sweden

11. 1960s modernist property in Hultsfred, Sweden

Amazingly, this one was up for just £62k.

Why? Well, it seems that older properties outside the big cities in Sweden aren’t too popular in Sweden, hence the bargain price. So much to love here too, pretty much an empty time capsule waiting to find a new and appreciative owner.

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10. The UFO at the Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
10. The UFO at the Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

10. The UFO at the Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

Another holiday let, should you fancy dipping your toe into a Scandinavian lifestyle.

Not that you will be buying a house like this. It’s a true one-off. One of the places you can spend some time in if you head to the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, this pod-style living space has great views of the surrounding forest and river, plenty of isolation, but with activities available, if you want them.

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9. 1960s single-storey modernist property in Mellanheden, Malmo, Sweden
9. 1960s single-storey modernist property in Mellanheden, Malmo, Sweden

9. 1960s single-storey modernist property in Mellanheden, Malmo, Sweden

Again, a house sold by its period interior.

I originally described it as ‘flicking through the pages of a midcentury Scandinavian interiors magazine’, with little change since 1963. This is everything you would expect of the era, with the furnishings to match.

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8. 1950s Jorn Utzon-designed modernist property in Helsingor, Denmark
8. 1950s Jorn Utzon-designed modernist property in Helsingor, Denmark

8. 1950s Jorn Utzon-designed modernist property in Helsingor, Denmark

Time for another giant of design to make a mark in the rundown.

his is one of the Kingo houses designed by Jorn Utzon in the 1950s, a development made up of 63 L-shaped houses based upon the design of traditional Danish farmhouses with central courtyards. They have listed status, which is perhaps why this one has changed so little over the years. A light hand at updating, not much more.

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7. 1970s modernist property in Munkebo, Denmark
7. 1970s modernist property in Munkebo, Denmark

7. 1970s modernist property in Munkebo, Denmark

I don’t know the area, but I love what I see in this 1974 build.

Subtle updates over four decades, most recently with the windows. But that’s about it. Most of what you see is probably from the 1970s or just after, with good maintenance ensuring it all looks like new.

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6. 1950s townhouse in the Bellevue complex, Klampenborg, near Copenhagen, Denmark
6. 1950s townhouse in the Bellevue complex, Klampenborg, near Copenhagen, Denmark

6. 1950s townhouse in the Bellevue complex, Klampenborg, near Copenhagen, Denmark

I really couldn’t do a Danish round-up (or a Scandinavian modernism rundown) without mentioning Arne Jacobsen.

This is part of an extension to the Bauhaus-inspired Bellavista housing estate from the early 1950s and not far from the Bellevue Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in Denmark. Listed architecture with a clean, modernist feel and an amazing staircase, double-height reception and communal gardens.

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5. 1970s modernist waterfront property in Nassundet, Kristinehamn, Sweden
5. 1970s modernist waterfront property in Nassundet, Kristinehamn, Sweden

5. 1970s modernist waterfront property in Nassundet, Kristinehamn, Sweden

I think price and location played a part in the appeal of this one.

A waterside property in largely original condition, but one that needed some upgrading to bring it back to its best. Lots of land too. £143k was the price, but you suspect someone could have got it cheaper.

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4. 1950s modernist property in Vedbaek, Denmark
4. 1950s modernist property in Vedbaek, Denmark

4. 1950s modernist property in Vedbaek, Denmark

Waterside modernism of a very different kind in Denmark.

This isn’t new, it is actually around 60 years old, but heavily renovated and updated. It sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and beyond, with the interior looking like a high-end furniture retail showroom. Check out the circular decorative pool too.

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3. 1970s modernist property in Ronneby, Sweden
3. 1970s modernist property in Ronneby, Sweden

3. 1970s modernist property in Ronneby, Sweden

I think the Swedish people are so much better at renovating houses than the rest of us. They just know what to keep and what to change instinctively.

In the case of this one, keep the architecture ‘as is’ to maintain the character and once inside, make sure the bolder period details are intact whilst updating some of the background features. It’s a winning formula.

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2. 1970s modernist time capsule in Sundsvall, Sweden
2. 1970s modernist time capsule in Sundsvall, Sweden

2. 1970s modernist time capsule in Sundsvall, Sweden

Yes, time capsule time. Pretty much nothing changed with this one.

The architecture itself would have caught my eye, but once you see the interior, you are likely to be blown away. The decor, the staircase, the kitchen and the wardrobes in the bedroom that match the decor. All of which was available for £111k or maybe even less.

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1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden
1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden

1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden

This was always going to be number one. This is one of the most popular houses I have featured across the board.

1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden
1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden

It works on so many fronts. The brutalism angle of course, but the interior is much softer, more in keeping with traditional  Scandinavian modernism and with most of its key design features very well maintained. A sought-after location too, as well as some very nice coastal views.

1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden
1. 1970s Leonie Geisendorf-designed Villa Delin brutalist property in Djursholm, Sweden

This wasn’t a cheap option, but for many of you (myself included) this is a dream home should a financial windfall ever happen.

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Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

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Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute
Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

The Ronda furniture range was highly popular back in October. I suspect this new Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute will also appeal.

Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute
Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

 

Yes, a quirky addition to a much-loved midcentury modern home range, one that has been added for good reason. Vinyl is popular, but there aren’t too many pieces of furniture for records and record players on the high street. That’s why this should prove popular. Well, that and the price. More on that in a moment.

Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute
Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

 

First up, let’s talk about the unit itself, which follows the design of the main range, which is definitely no bad thing. So high sides, a walnut finish and those contrasting coloured panels, as well as that essential of all things MCM, the tapered legs.

Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute
Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

 

It’s a substantial one too. Three good-sized storage areas for the LP records below, a smaller area for records ‘to hand’, a slim area for other bits and pieces or something media related and of course, space for a record player on the top. Functionality as much as style, which isn’t always the case.

Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute
Ronda 1960s-style record storage unit at La Redoute

 

As I said, the price is also a big selling point of this record storage unit too. Have a look round for comparable units, which tend to be from specialist makers or premium brands and you will find that they are rather pricey.

This one sells for £299 officially, but with La Redoute doing a 40 per cent discount code, it drops down to something nearer £180. Use the code FLASH in the next couple of days if you want that discount, as it ends after that.

Great as a standalone, even better if you have already invested in the range.

Find out more at the La Redoute website

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1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

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1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

Not been here since 2013, so nice to see this 1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y up for sale.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

In fact, if you want to see the potential of this one, have a look at that last place for an idea of how it could look. As you can see, this one needs a bit of work to bring it back to its best.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

As you probably know, the Golden Lane Estate is a 1950s modernist development, designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (the people behind the Barbican Estate) with a mission to create living space for an area hit hard by the wartime blitz. Between the years 1957 and 1962, the Golden Lane Estate emerged, with Bowater House one of the 1950s constructions.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

This is a development that has been overshadowed by the Barbican in recent years, perhaps because of the rise in popularity of brutalism, but it is still an interesting/fascinating place, with some lovely modernist apartments to own on this grade II-listed estate.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The place on offer here is described as a ‘highly sought after’ duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the block, one with the full height pull-up window, a sought after as an architectural feature on the Golden Lane Estate.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The agent describes this place as being in need of ‘some cosmetic improvement’, but the shell of the place is just fine. That window arrangement for a start, as well as the original parquet flooring in the reception room and that lovely cantilevered staircase. The rest is fixtures, fittings and furnishings.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

So a reworking of the two double bedrooms (currently with exposed floorboards), the reception space with picture window, a pull-up door leading to a balcony, A kitchen, bathroom and separate WC finish off the layout.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The block is accessed via a secure video entry system controlled sealed entrance with no public access, there is left access and communal facilities too.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The Golden Lane Estate has a recently refurbished public leisure centre, which has tennis and squash courts, along with a brand new swimming pool. Access to all, but there will be a service charge for that and everything else relating to the site.

In terms of the price, this one is up for £695,000.

Images and details courtesy of Hamilton Brooks. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

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1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

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1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

His dad gets more of the limelight, but this 1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA is rather special.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

Yes, Lloyd Wright is Frank Lloyd Wright Jr and a strong/bold architect in his own right. The style? Well, it’s described as Mayan-Inspired art deco, which is probably as niche as it comes.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

Not that I’m criticising it. But going down a different path, Lloyd Wright has created something that still turns heads 90 years on. That’s what great architecture does.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

It has an interesting past too. The house dates back to 1928, but for Louis Samuel, business manager of early screen star Ramon Novarro. No, not a name I’m familiar with either.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

However, when Novarro discovered that Mr Samuel had embezzled the movie star to pay for the house, he assumed ownership of it, working with Lloyd Wright to increase the size of the house to what you see now.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

It had mixed fortunes after that. At least it did until the 1990s, when Diane Keaton (someone I have heard of) moved into the place, working with architect Josh Schweitzer to restore the place to its former glory. Things haven’t changed much since then.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

The restoration was obviously a pricey affair and the finish throughout this one is pretty much immaculate. Perhaps a little too restored for some, but there’s no faulting there quality of the work here.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

It’s also a restoration that has left Lloyd Wright signature details intact, not least with the oxidised copper accents on the front of the house, the white concrete walls, the geometric window panels and of course, that amazing swimming pool, which is framed by copper-lined walls and fed by a fan-shaped fountain. That’s old school Hollywood glamour for you.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

Love the setting too, with the house built into a hill and almost becoming part of the nature over the years.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

You get 2,690 sq. ft. of living space in this one, which includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and good-sized reception space, Much of that benefits from natural light, courtesy of the walls of glass throughout the house.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

Landscaped gardens outside too, as well as terraces and of course, that pool area, which is part of the indoor/outdoor flow of this place. An exclusive neighbourhood of course and a now listed as a Historic Cultural Monument.

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

All of which adds up when it comes yo an asking price. You are looking at something in the region of $4,295,000 if you like the idea of this as your next home.

Images and details courtesy of Juliette Hohnen/Douglas Elliman. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA
1920s Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz, California, USA

 

Via Curbed LA

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1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

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1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

The finish of this 1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23 really does set it above houses of a similar design.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

This one, as the title says, dates from the 1960s, part of a terrace set around a ‘quiet’ communal green and a short walk from Forest Hill station if you need the exact geography.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

But this certainly isn’t a time capsule, Far from it. The ‘shell’ of the place and some of the original details remain, but this one has been on the end of a complete renovation of late.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

Now that’s not always a good thing. In fact, the word renovation is often a cause for concern. But it’s also an opportunity to rethink and restyle a house, which is the case with this one.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

There are still three floors of accommodation, covering something like 1,274 sq. ft. in total over its three floors, with the original (and rather lovely) staircase taking you up to the top and back again. But on each of the floors, the space has had a makeover.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

Generally, the finish is modern and understated. Clean, modern(ist) style in keeping with the surroundings and obviously done to a very high standard. This could be a feature for an interiors magazine rather than an estate agent’s listing.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

Some vintage touches remain, both in terms of the house and the fixtures and fittings. But overall, you are looking at a contemporary restyling of a house without forgetting its past.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

Entry is on the ground floor through an original fluted glass front door, taking you into a large and newly fitted kitchen with maple flooring. Plenty of light too, thanks to the sizeable triple-glazed sliding Internorm windows, which take you into the rear garden.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

At the front of the property is what’s described as an ‘intimate’ living room with original parquet flooring.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

Stairs to the upper levels retain the original hardwood balustrades. According to the agent, on the first floor, a translucent fluted panel ‘amplifies the sense of space’, pouring light in from a former reception room that is currently used as a textile studio. On the same level is a large bedroom and bathroom.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

On the second floor is the master bedroom with ‘panoramic views’ of London’s skyline, a rear-facing bedroom, overlooking the garden and a shower room with a walk-in shower.

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23

 

The property also has plenty of storage options, including an attic, separate garage, and a bike storage unit.

That’s about the size of it. Check out the imagery, as that really does tell the story of this one. If you fancy living here, the asking price is £825,000.

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury house in London SE23

 

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury house in London SE23

 

1960s midcentury townhouse in London SE23
1960s midcentury house in London SE23

 

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1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

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1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

Unmistakably Scandinavian, the 1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen has just been reissued.

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

 

Interestingly, it isn’t just in orange, which probably confuses things a little. But the orange version (for me) is the one to own. But you might disagree.

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

 

Dating back to 1955, this is a Danish design classic brought back to the market by Warm Nordic, a company you might hear a lot more of in the coming weeks. That’s because its reissue series isn’t just limited to this chair. Warm Nordic has an extensive range of midcentury modern reissues either on the shelves or coming up very soon.

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

 

Of course, the chair got its name after its rounded shape and the seat were compared to a slice of an orange. Again, that loses something if you go for the other colours. The official name is Model 134, which probably fits the full range better.

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

 

The chair has been upholstered in a ‘smooth’ velour fabric in two different tones of red, and its legs are smoked oak.

1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued
1950s Orange lounge chair by Hans Olsen reissued

 

It’s a talking point, both in terms of shape and colour, with the Orange lounge chair also been a very stylish place to sit too. As an interior design piece in a Scandi-inspired setting, it’s hard to beat.

But it doesn’t come cheap. This Hans Olsen classic retails for £1,350.

Find out more at the Finnish Design Shop website

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1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

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1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Back in 2016, I featured the second instalment in the Stillman trilogy. Now, the 1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA is up for auction.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

This is where it gets complicated, but I’ll try to explain the history in fairly simple terms.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

Rufus Stillman was a long-time friend and client of Marcel Breuer, with Breuer the designer of a trio of houses bearing the Stillman name from 1950 through to 1974, which are all found in Litchfield, Connecticut. But the Rufus Stillman Cottage is a slightly different case.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

Marcel Breuer has built a series of cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, but this one is (like the Stillman House series) in Litchfield, Connecticut, on the hill behind the second and third Stillman. All three houses shared a 100-acre plot owned by the Stillman family, with the cottage constructed with the identical floor plan and square footage as the original Breuer Cottage, which dates back to 1944.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

But it isn’t quite the original house designed by Breuer right now. Connected by a ‘breezeway’ is an MBA-designed pavilion addition, which was posthumously built but is identical to add-ons found on two of the four Wellfleet cottages Breuer designed. With that in mind, it’s probably something a welcome addition.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

Has it changed? Well, the house has had three owners since the Stillmans, and with that in mind, some areas have been updated and modernised. At the same time, you would be insane to alter this one significantly and judging by the photos; the changes are personal and functional ones rather than anything radical.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

The decor and furnishings look immaculate and have no doubt been updated in the recent past. The kitchen also looks at least partly upgraded, although it does fit in well with the rest of its surroundings.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

Elsewhere, everything is pretty much as Breuer intended, in terms of that bold modernist architecture (albeit with a rural feel), the layout and the built-in furnishings too. Love the brick fireplaces in the living room and bedroom too, as well as the minimalist look and feel of the entire place.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

As for living space, the main structure is made up of two bedrooms, one bathroom, a combined kitchen and dining space, and a cantilevered screened-in porch.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

The pavilion addition has a foyer, great room, master bedroom with bathroom and walk-in closet plus two ‘abutting screen porches’ running its full length. There is also a detached garage and carport that has been added and is in keeping with the cottage design. Personally, I thought it was part of the original scheme.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

There are still those designated trails through a ‘bestowed’ 70-acre land trust connecting the Stillman Cottage to two other Breuer-designed Litchfield homes (Stillman 2 and Stillman 3). So something of a modernist heritage trail to enjoy each and every day if you pick up this one.

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

I say ‘pick up’ as if the house is available for loose change. Of course, it isn’t. The estimate is $2,000,000–2,500,000 at an auction taking place on 11th December 2018 under the ‘Important Design banner. Plenty of background detail and Breuer facts on the listing if you like the idea of bidding or simply want to know more.

Images and details courtesy of Wright20. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

Huge thanks to Tamer for the tip-off!

 

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1970s Marcel Breuer-designed Rufus Stillman Cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

 

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