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a life in architecture - edward king

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Edward King, director of the Lakeland Arts Trust, has a view of Lake Windermere from his new office, a former dressing room at Blackwell, Baillie Scott's magnificent Arts and Crafts house in Cumbria (see pages 26-35). 'The view is framed by leaded lights and the wrought ironwork of the window stays; every stay is slightly different in design, tapering to a curve with a ball-shaped end. And my office door is opened with a leaf-shaped brass door handle mounted on a brass plate. I admire all the thought and craftsmanship that goes into each single detail.'

The integration of art and architecture fascinates King. After a degree in architecture and a foundation course in fine art, he undertook a grand tour of Europe travelling in an £80 car, in which 'I learnt more about art and architecture than I've learnt since'.

His favourite building is also in France. 'The massive soaring spaces of Chartres Cathedral - they're designed to uplift the soul.

Not only that, Chartres is the embodiment of Arts and Crafts movement ideas; the stained glass windows and the medieval sculptures around the north portal must be the most beautiful ever produced, and if you look at the columns you realise that they were each carved by a different mason. Once when I was there a choir was practising; it was a unique experience - art, architecture and music. It's one I hope to bring to Blackwell.'

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