New Brutalism started out as an efficient style for post-war Britain – honest with its expression of materials, practical, cheap but futuristic. Unfortunately it didn’t transform Britain into a modernist paradise but instead, new brutalism became the house style for welfare architecture.
Japanese architect Tokujin Yoshioka has exceeded my expectation with the new Issey Miyake store at 10 Brook Street. Clad with anodised aluminium, the store screams personality and colour, with its’ rich hues of blue contrasting with my favourite material, concrete.
On my first visit to Taylor Taylor I was immediately struck by how much it stood out from the corner of Portobello Road, amongst its’ fairly drab surroundings. The award-winning salon chain is renowned for it chic salons and seems to be continuously inspired by the lavishness of 18th century France.