Mardall, June. (9 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2001-08-08 and 2001-10-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    Mardall, June, 1920- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 9. June Mardall [JM] also did the interior of a shop in Golden Square, just off Regent Street- the firm made ceramics. Another job was offices for a Swedish firm in the French railway building in Piccadilly. JM enjoyed most working out intricate small plans, didn't particularly enjoy the actual drawing. Hasn't got a very good three dimensional sense, enjoyed two dimensional plans which work. Cyril had a marvellous three dimensional sense. The outside was rather his of 5 Boyne Terrace Mews. JM did the kitchen and the cupboards and getting it all to fit together. They went away sailing, when it was being built and everything was all wrong when they got back. They divided the problems between them. The mews house was a broken down garage. This was when they moved from the Highgate house - description. In this building they had a big white dining table, double egg shape, leather sofa and chair. Arne Jacobsen egg chairs, leather seating. An Eames chrome and leather chair. A huge fox fur cover to the bed. It was arranged through Jane Drew. Story. With their own houses, Cyril let her do what she wanted. The house in Highgate was hers at first, the second stage was more his. So much open plan the children hated it. Daughter moved into mother in laws flat in Highgate. Cyril's work at YRM, others there, inc Yorke, Rosenberg, description of firm and attitudes. JM herself didn't often have to have quantity surveyors, or engineers Ove Arup was a personal friend. JM did a little building at the back of his office Had to have enormous foundations. The Mardalls found their site in Highgate for them. Story. It was a big site divided into three bits, Mardall, Arup and one more Cyril knew them, and they were the first family JM was taken to see when she started living with him. Mardalls and Arups met socially.

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