Goldfinger, Peter (13 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 13: Floor covering in Willow Road. Fitted carpets in parents’ bedroom and spare room, Armstrong tiles in hallway, bathroom. Children’s bedrooms had lino. Staircase had cork tiles with brass edging. Living room and study had parquet floors, dining room and studio had Armstrong tiles. Entrance hall was originally Armstrong but now has Pirelli flooring. Kitchen may have been lino. Curtains, Venetian blinds etc. Learnt not to have patterns on main surfaces. Some of PG’s more sensitive schoolfriends were influenced by décor at Willow Road, especially Nick Grey, who went on to be a graphic designer, details. Further details re curtains/blinds at Willow Road. Sheets and cellular woollen blankets rather than duvets; EG thought Romans had sheets and Barbarians had duvets. Ursula not a great needlewoman. U would be likely to read novels in the evenings, used public library in Keats Grove a lot. PG remembers she had read Le Grand Meaulnes in French when she lived in Paris. [Break in recording]. Willow Road cushion designed by PG’s parents for grandmother to sew