Buy an exceptional flat with furniture to match at Hampstead’s Isokon building

The Isokon building on Lawn Road, Hampstead NW3. KFH has a one bedroom flat for sale in the building

The Isokon building on Lawn Road, Hampstead NW3. KFH has a one bedroom flat for sale in the building for £499,950 - Credit: Archant

A rare opportunity to purchase a flat in the Isokon building on Lawn Road in Hampstead has arisen.

The bedroom

The bedroom - Credit: Archant

The apartment, on the ground floor of the block, has one bedroom, separated from the south-facing reception room by a sliding door, which can be opened out to give more space and light.

The property is being sold through KFH Hampstead for £499,950 and, at only 451 square foot, it is on the small side, which could make furnishing the space tricky.

The kitchenette

The kitchenette - Credit: Archant

The flats were originally furnished with pieces designed by the Isokon company, which also commissioned the building.

Isokon Plus, took over the licence from original owner Jack Pritchard in 1982 and continues to manufacture pieces based on the original designs from their studio in Hackney Wick.

Penguin Donkey by Isokon Plus. It was designed by Egon Riss in 1939 and costs £670

Penguin Donkey by Isokon Plus. It was designed by Egon Riss in 1939 and costs £670 - Credit: Archant


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The pieces would be an ideal purchase for the eventual buyer of the apartment currently up for sale.

Chris McCourt, founding owner of Isokon Plus, says “Originally, in the 1930s, the flats were all let as serviced properties and they were all furnished with Isokon furniture.

The Isokon Dining Table designed by Marcel Breuer in 1936. The table is available through Isokon Plu

The Isokon Dining Table designed by Marcel Breuer in 1936. The table is available through Isokon Plus for £1,580 - Credit: Archant

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“I’ve been manufacturing the pieces for more than 30 years and I’ve sold a lot to people who’ve lived in the building.”

McCourt recommends the company’s most popular item, the Penguin Donkey, a curved, wooden magazine rack and small shelving unit, ideal for storing select paperbacks.

Short chair, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1936. The model is about to be re-issued by Isokon Plus

Short chair, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1936. The model is about to be re-issued by Isokon Plus - Credit: Archant

“The Isokon Dining Table, and the Short Chair, rather than the long chair, are also ideally suited to those small flats,” he suggests.

Both pieces were originally designed by Isokon resident, Hungarian architect and furniture designer, Marcel Breuer in 1936.

The reception room, with sliding doors opening onto the bedroom

The reception room, with sliding doors opening onto the bedroom - Credit: Archant

“We also manufacture items designed more recently by Barber Ogersby. Their stuff is pretty neat and can be made in any size, which is ideal for the compact Isokon flats.

“The one-bedroom flats are on the tight side.”

The communal patio

The communal patio - Credit: Archant

Of course, at the Isokon, buyers are paying for the ability to call this slice of architectural history their own.

The 1930s concrete building is Grade I-listed reflecting its significance as an early experiment in urban communal living.

The bathroom

The bathroom - Credit: Archant

Designed by architect Wells Coates, the flats were intended for young professionals with little time for housework and so were built with only kitchenettes as there was a large communal kitchen where staff prepared residents’ meals.

And after the kitchen closed and became the Isobar restaurant in 1937, Agatha Christie and Bauhaus designers would rub shoulders with the many Soviet spies who also lived in the building.

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