Maguire, Robert (16 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 16: Mentions conversation with Theo Crosby about visual literacy. Substantial comments on RM's architectural 'style' and its influence on other architects; mentions flats in Oxford by Alan Berman [AB]. Description of 'stylistic borrowing' of RM's lantern at Bow Common at RC church at Folly Bridge; mentions Buckminster Fuller; AB's architecture and feeling for wood. Analogy with recognising an artist's brushwork. Reflects on churches built and their conception as interior spaces; RM's 'most important architectural achievement'. Comments on regret at not designing more interiors. Description of the influence of John Soane on RM as student taught by John Summerson; comments on post-modern 'pseudo-Soane buildings'. Mentions cock pheasant in the garden. Description of use of light in current home and domestic interiors. Comments on antique furniture in current home. Appreciative comments about classic Modernist furniture especially by Marcel Breuer. Furniture at Faybic House; details. Junk shops and antiques; using mirrors to increase sense of space. Shared responsibility for display of objects with AWM; anecdote about AWM purchase of Warner's wallpaper samples, bidding against the V&A; mentions Owen Jones, Ben Nicholson. Remarks about designing the house around the furniture.

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