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Store appeal

What a reopening party for the Peter Jones store! Some 700 of the great, good and glitterati rushed to Sloane Square, including local resident Lord Rogers, Lord McAlpine, Sir Terry Farrell, Peter Blake, Michael Craig-Martin, Leonard Manasseh, Julyan and Tess Wickham, Sherban Cantacuzino, Peter Murray etc in the rooftop restaurant. Great views across rain-sodden London.

This is a very accomplished piece of work by John McAslan, and would make an interesting comparison with the Future Systems Selfridges store in Birmingham. Both, after all, have escalators at their core; in Peter Jones they are tightly arranged within a faintly Wrightian plan; at Selfridges, the escalators relate to a freeform plan which emphasises openness rather than enclosure.

I do hope my old friend Lord St John of Fawsley approves of the revamped Peter Jones; I sometimes see him there making specification decisions in the fabrics department.

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