More retro stuff

Brought to you by the same people who gave us the red rusty chairs, this clock in the newly-unmodernised Benugo in Clerkenwell is a fascinating find.  It is almost certainly from a radio or recording studio.  It is manufactured by IBM and is very beautiful but what is it doing here? The restaurant, like the one at the Museum of London and the Barbican, has gone slightly retro.  The walls are bare, the furniture distressed in a 1960s LCC sort of way.  I am still bemused by this approach to design.  If your house were furnished like this, it would suggest a fondness for flea-markets or a hankering after the days when Portobello Road sold junk rather than antiques but this is corporate stuff and takes a lot of careful calculation.  Maybe this is big society design, locally-sourced, slightly nostalgic and a little bit damaged.

Published by Paul Lincoln

Printmaker, City of London Guide and commissioning editor Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.


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