Goldfinger, Peter (11 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 11: Staircase at Willow Road cont. Room behind sitting room was always EG’s office. Studio next to dining room also his office. Children had access to EG’s room, didn’t necessarily make use of this, but house had sense of unity always. Neat stands within cutlery drawers. Cupboard in sitting room in which generations have kept their toys. Cartoons in EG’s office. Thurber. Accumulation of journals etc. No dramas about tidiness except on top of horizontal cupboard in sitting room, objects eg Henry Moore and Ernst objects were carefully ordered; objects on window sill. Were burgled once, brooch belonging to grandmother stolen. Fireplace used a lot, wooden blocks from road surface used for fuel. 1950s heavy London fogs. PG later had desk in front of nursery window, view. Evolution of Willow Road garden. Wilsons, neighbours, first owners of No 3 Willow Road. Stephen Wilson, high up in Civil Service, wife Patsy was an American; had three children whom Goldfinger children grew up with. SW and British Steel. 1 Willow Road was first let but after war EG and UG were advised house prices would never go up and were advised to sell. Colin Penn lived at 1 Willow Road before Winnington-Ingrams bought it. CP a friend of EG, left-wing. CP’s classical record collection; Goldfinger children’s participation in money-raising effort for left-wing cause. Bobby Carter, librarian at RIBA, wrote book with EG about Greater London Plan for Penguin, became Chief Librarian of UNESCO in Paris. Carter girl children. Alex, Sally and Guy Wilson. AW became Terence Conran’s lawyer; now lives in Paris. SW became primary school teacher near South End Green. GW became a lawyer. Relationship between Wilson and Goldfinger children. PG slightly outside the group, was away at school, had other local friends in Hampstead, including Baccarach boys who lived in a Victorian house in Willow Road. B a food dietician specialist, advised government. Degree to which the adults organised the children’s social lives. Adrian Fox, another friend. Hampstead Heath. EG and UG’s attitude to Terence Conran and Habitat furniture. Chemical flask used as a water jug. Liz Goldfinger may have been at Central with TC. EG interested in designing objects and having them made but not in promoting them. PG’s son is making and promoting EG’s designs now; influence of EG on PG’s children.Lay-out of Willow Road when family first moved in. Max Ernst painting sold in 1970s.

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