A man who made a fortune from plywood built one of 20th-century Britain’s most exciting blocks of flats, says Judith Martin
I look forward to seeing the Plywood exhibition at the V&A (Oliver Wainwright, 13 July) and hope that as well as big names like Charles Eames and Elon Musk, it includes Jack “Plywood” Pritchard. His company, which produced the enchanting plywood Penguin Donkey (a bookcase-cum-side table for the new-fangled paperback books), was also responsible for Hampstead’s Lawn Road flats, also known as the Isokon building after the name of his firm. Jack and his wife Molly occupied the penthouse. Isokon is now listed and restored, having been rescued by Camden council and then passed to a housing association for the use of key workers. It is a modern movement gem and surely should provide inspiration for everyone concerned with housing.
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