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Tributes paid to Maggie’s founder Charles Jencks


What an inspiration! Serious and yet lighthearted at the same time? He got us through the 70s and 80s, an otherworldly and American influence, pointing out a higher plane while dealing with the foundations of a house extension, to hinting at other ways of designing our later major works? The other man to us wagers in Holland Park. Elia and Zoe round the corner, Rogers down the road, lot’s of others in Julie’s Wine Bar, Michael Carapetian, Swinhoe Measures, Dixon and Jones, and APT in Clarendon Cross. And Bryan Ferry and John Cleese as neighbours! Famous days, pink, grey and light blue the colours?! He didn’t sound the death knell of Modernism, he helped it transmogrify into something richer and with many embodied meanings, multivalent, as he would have said. I will go early to metastatic cancer treatment at CXH today and spend some time in Richard’s Maggie’s with a few memories. T5 meets KL? Dig out the books. Think of his walk down Clarendon Rd. Ironically so near to the scene of later tragedies in Notting Dale. We will carry on, stronger but more humble. Post Modernists are we.

Posted date

15 October, 2019

Posted time

12:16 pm