Monday, 13 April 2015

2 Willow Road


One of the things I did while I was on holiday last week was to visit Hampstead with my mum and sister. I hadn't been before, and it is definitely somewhere I'd like to go back and explore more. We had a stroll round Hampstead Heath in the sunshine, and then popped into 2 Willow Road, a National Trust property just on the edge of the Heath.

I was keen to visit after reading about it in Emerald Street - Stylist magazine's email newsletter, which is a great source for suggesting new and different places to go and things to do. I'd highly recommend signing up.

I've become a bit modernism crazy at the moment. It's a bit of a blogger trend I know, but I just love the style. The house was built and designed by Erno Goldfinger in the late 1930s, and he lived there for about 50 years with his family. It caused uproar when he first sought planning permission, being so different to the houses on the street. Ian Fleming hated it so much he named the Bond villain after him (thanks Becca for that titbit of information)!

It's only a little museum/house, and we were probably only in ther half an hour, but Hampstead is a lovely place for a day out if you want to make the trip. I wasn't supposed to take photos (which is something I do normally abide by, promise!) but the sign was really small so I didn't realise until I got told off. I assume it is because his amazing artwork collection is copyright protected, but on the basis I didn't take any close ups of the art, I have posted the ones I did take above. 

The one thing I was a bit disappointed with was the furniture. The architecture was amazing, the artwork was amazing, but the furniture was kind of blah. Other than the amazing desk in the top right! Still definitely worth a visit if you are in the area though.


Jane said...

Oh that place looks interesting! All the National Trust places do, I'm not sure if we have something similar like that here.

Matthew Pike said...

Very interesting, and a cool fact about Goldfinger in James Bond to boot.

Buckets & Spades

Maria Fallon said...

This is really cool, I especially love that staircase!

Maria xxx