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The Isokon Furniture Company was founded in 1935 by Jack Pritchard, an English entrepreneur. He admired the work of the Bauhaus in Germany and architects such as Le Corbusier in France.
It was Pritchard's former experience in the plywood business and his role in building the first block of modern flats in Britain, Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead, that led him to start a furniture company. The arrival in London of the former Director of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, in 1935 formalised his plans. Gropius, who became Isokon's Controller of Design suggested that Pritchard hire the former Master of the Carpentry Workshop at the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer, as designer.
The founding traditions of Isokon have continued with the development and production of new products from contemporary designers.
You can read an interview with Isokon's head of manufacturing, Chris McCourt, on our blog.