Goldfinger, Peter (23 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 23: Influence on PG’s life of American wife and friends. Constant visits to USA. Illness of Faith’s sister in a Home in America. Examples of benefits American connection has fed into his life. Excellent relationship between Erno, Ursula and Faith and ditto with PG’s first wife. Latter’s long illness with cancer. Nick and Faith’s relationship. Latter a good grandma to PG’s children. Nick’s relationship with Ursula and Erno with whom he lived while PG in US. Nick now producing Erno’s furniture. How this came about. Details of Nick’s career in Royal Marines. Left RM to go to City of London Poly to study geology. Involved in diving club there, took commercial diving course funded by his mother and became deep sea diver working in North Sea and Indian Ocean for 2/3 years, lots of money earned. Met wife in Philipines, American girl named Frances Fernando, studied graphic design in New York. N abandoned commercial diving, became newspaper photographer. Examples of some of his ‘terrific’ pictures. Abandoned this work before long as could not stand ‘paparazzi’ element. Various intermediate jobs including security guard to Arab wives in London. Later studied acupuncture and alternative medicine. Studied carpentry at Hackney Technical College followed by furniture-making. PG tries to find a link in all these jobs and to trace some inherited talent which culminated in the success of the furniture. start of Goldfinger furnishing business, type of furniture he made. Bentwood chair for Business Design Centre, poster of it in Underground and photo in Guardian ‘Space’ Magazine. Fitting-out Tiger restaurant, people’s kitchens, wardrobes etc using architect’s designs. N’s private schooling at Highgate, daughter Pippa to State School. PG explains. 1970 adopted Toni. Details Islington adoption procedure. Toni 6 months old and of mixed race parentage. PG met Toni’s mother but contact not maintained. Reactions of N and P to another child in family. Toni’s difficulties growing up as a ‘coloured’ in a white family plus being adopted. Some therapy sessions during early teen years which she soon abandoned. Details of her schooling in Islington. Left school age 16 to work in bank. Now 30 years of age and happy, contented adult. PG and Faith’s purchase of house in Nontron in France after borrowing friends house in Dordogne. Details.

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