Thursday, 18 March 2010

18 Folgate Street

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Isn't it amazing when you discover something so enchanting that you want to gather your things and rush to see it as soon as you can?

Today, I learned about 18 Folgate Street, a house bought and renovated by Dennis Severs, a Californian drawn to London; a man with a love of 'English light' and a clear passion for how our society has evolved since the 18th Century. But that is only the beginning.

The house has ten rooms, each evocative of a different era and poised to cast a 'spell' on those viewing the property. The intention is to create a feeling that the fictional family who live there are just out of reach in the next room. A half eaten apple on the table, shoes and socks by the looks just like the kind of place I could get lost in for hours, endlessly searching for the inhabitants who seem just out of reach.

Dennis Severs articulated his vision much better than I ever could, so I suggest you visit the website or better yet, visit the house and see for yourself. Who knows, you may just come across one of 18 Folgate Street's elusive residents.