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Goldfinger, Ernö

James Dunnett

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Budapest, Sept 11, 1902; d London, Nov 15, 1987).

British architect and writer of Hungarian birth. He studied architecture in Paris, first with Léon Jaussely (1920), and then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Auguste Perret, whose sense of structural logic, particularly in the use of concrete, and classical propriety were to remain an inspiration. He rapidly became acquainted with the leading artistic figures of the Parisian avant-garde and, while still a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, practised in partnership with his fellow Hungarian André Sive. Goldfinger’s clients for shop interiors, furniture and apartments, included Lee Miller and the couturier Helena Rubinstein, for whom he designed the first Modernist shop in London at 24 Grafton Street (1927). He wrote regularly for the magazine Organisation ménagère and was especially interested in the application of the principles of scientific management to domestic planning (as practised by Alexander Klein and others), a common concern among contemporary Modernist architects. Russian Constructivism reached Paris in ...

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Subjects: Architecture ; 20th-Century Art

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