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a life in architecture - tristram mylius

Furniture designer Tristram Mylius of Hitch Mylius is fascinated by mixtures of styles, 'the old and the new'. He enjoys observing the way buildings and cities have developed and being able to detect the history of a building in its fabric. 'I like trying to spot the effect of changing uses and influences, ' he says.

One particular building crystallises this mix of styles and changing uses for him, 'an absolutely beautiful museum in Verona, the Castelvecchio'. The museum was restored and rearranged by Carlo Scarpa between 1956-64 and for Mylius, Scarpa's work blends absolutely fluently with the original. 'I love the ruggedness of the 14thcentury structure alongside the bend in the River Adige, and I admire the way that Scarpa's new elements and the detailing of everything he has inserted is so totally modern and crisp in style, although he worked on the museum almost half a century ago.'

He finds that this subtle marriage of old and new continues outside as well as inside - in the courtyard with the playful drinking fountain and the little exhibition chamber that projects through the ancient castle wall, like a bejewelled container.

Apart from his love of 'timewarp' buildings, Mylius confesses to being 'an absolute sucker for anything Modern Movement'. His favourite? 'Lubetkin's Penguin Pool [above] has to be my little classic. I love it for the delicacy of the concrete, the fluid shape - I'm sure it's all been said before.'

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