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step inside a tranquil London apartment


With London all a-swelter from a heatwave and the grass of Wimbledon getting its tennis action, let’s step inside a tranquil Barbican apartment with a difference. The Seventies Brutalist style of concrete crazy architecture dominates this section of the densely populated financial district in the East side of London. Brutalism was a reaction to the lightness and optimism of the 1930s and 40s architecture, receiving its name from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete,” a term used by Le Corbusier to describe his choice of material. Brutalism was favoured for government buildings and high rise housing, as in the Barbican area of London.


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mid-century modern Swedish inspiration

Let’s indulge our love of mid-century modern, shall we? How about a little Scandinavian style thrown in? Are you ready?


Fantastic Frank does it once again, but this time there’s no temptation because the Swedish apartment you’re going to tour is sold already. But it’s so beautiful that I had to share it.

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I suddenly have a hankering for a forest scene on the wall with deer, and brightly coloured birds in gilded cages! Let’s see what the rest of the apartment looks like…

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I’ve noticed this children’s bedroom configuration in quite a few Nordic homes and I love it. Two single beds placed lengthways down the side of a room maximises the size of the space and allows more place to play. Then soft buttoned headboards to finish it off. Fab.

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