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Architect’s sketchbooks vanish from Harrods café

Two sketchbooks by architect Tim Makower have gone missing during an exhibition at Harrods in west London

The valued items were presumed to have been ‘stolen’ after they went on show earlier this month inside the prestigious department store’s In-Q Café.

The sketchbooks were part of a Qatar Museums Authority-backed display focussing on Doha and contained Makower’s reflections on the Gulf state’s capital city.

The former Allies and Morrison partner worked on high-profile Doha schemes such as the 35 hectare Msheireb redevelopment before setting up his own practice last year.

It’s baffling that someone would risk prosecution for these sketchbooks

Commenting on the sketchbooks’ disappearance, Makower said: ‘It is baffling to think that someone would risk prosecution for these sketchbooks.’

He added optimistically: ‘But now that they have them I hope they look at them closely and benefit from them in some way; perhaps as a kind of dialogue, which is what they are for me as I make them.

‘Or perhaps the thief will be inspired to keep their own sketchbooks from now on - that would be a result.’

The architect hopes the documents will be returned and has yet to contact the police about the incident which is understood to have happened on 17 or 18 August.

The Qatar-themed In-Q Café on Harrods’ second floor opened last year and serves Arabic coffee and pastries.

The exhibition closes on 12 September.

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