Goldfinger, Peter (24 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 24: More about house in Nontron, between Angouleme and Limoges. Description house, courtyard, etc. no running water. Alterations and additions PG and F made. Go there three times a year, activities there. PG having to visit nearby doctor, acute angina diagnosed, intensive care in hospital in Periguex, details of treatment. PG most impressed with efficiency and courtesy of all concerned. Details of PG’s London house and comparisons with living in Willow Road. Present house ‘terrace’ on four floors. Examples of paintings on walls. Drawings of PG’s mother. Drawings by Faith’s sister. Paintings and prints by Avanash Chandra. Details of huge abstract painting in living room. Details of paintings given to them by PG’s parents. Terry Frost print, details. Royal Army Ordnance Corps poster 1940 which PG found while working in Kensington Palace. Why so wonderful. Also two prints of paintings by self-taught friend in Paris who switched from law to painting and who did stage paintings for Paris Opera House, details. Details of furniture in house and how acquired. Habitat sofa, Ikea bookshelves. Boxes designed by Liz Goldfinger and made by Nick Grey, details. PG’s evening classes in furniture-making with Mr Sealey. People in Central at that time. Daughter of Meridew furniture Friends of Liz G. Rude behaviour of Jane Fior, secretary to PG’s father. Liz moving into same street as PG, buying house with Jane Hadley and living in two top floors. Liz’s personality and mannerisms. Relationship between children and grandparents and with each other. PG’s partners, Dale and Benham. Ken Dale good engineer, forceful personality, lead partner. Colin Benham with Dale practice before PG on scene. Son of Benham & Sons kitchen equipment manufacturers for hotels, restaurants etc. Also into heating, air-conditioning, ventilation. CB elegant gent, Cambridge engineer, well-connected.

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