Saturday, 12 September 2015

Day 25 Creativity - Inspiration from 78 Derngate

I have just visited a truly inspirational group of houses. Number 78, 80 and 82 to be precise; although the transformation has been so well thought out that it appears in the inside to be one building.
Some of you will know what I alluding to - Derngate, Northampton. Number 78 having been owned by the Bassett-Lowke's who commissioned Charles Rennie Macintosh to redesign the interior in 1916. This is the most complete of Macintosh's commissions in England.
To my mind this is a stunning house and if you have any interest in Macintosh it is a 'must visit' place. I would recommend taking a tour - do book before. It is a  lovely spot also for lunch - again advisable to book. We actually got there early, bought a guide book and had a look round before lunch and the tour and this worked really well.

Number 78 and the two adjacent properties are now run by a Trust and although quite a bit of the furniture is replica, this is because the originals are in other places eg the guest bedroom furniture can be seen in the Hunterian (I believe).  The Hall/Lounge and Guest Bedroom both have the 'wow' factor. It is an interesting house as 4 'bodies' had a hand in the renovation. The original architect who got the plans passed, the Bassett - Lowke's and Macintosh.

This is in the hall/lounge. This is the ‘wall’ to the stairs and makes clever us of the light through the glass inserts.

Clever use is made of triangular shapes in the Hall/Lounge, particularly, and I am wondering whether I can integrate this idea this into a knitted hat I am currently designing.

This is a view of the back of the building that shows an interesting set of windows and balconies. The house as you can see is narrow ( just the white part is number 78) and the redesigning is thus very clever!

 All in all a fantastic day and very inspirational. It does the spirit good to see such things.

If you are at all interested do take a look at the 78 Derngate website as there is a virtual tour of the property.


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