Categories / Architecture, Property

For sale: Grade II listed 1950s modernist apartment in Langham House Close, Ham, Surrey

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If you're after a retro pad with heritage, you might want to check out this Grade II listed 1950s modernist apartment in Langham House Close, Ham, Surrey.

It's a first floor two double bedroom apartment to the side of Ham Common, designed in the late 1950s by Sir James Stirling and James Gowan. It's been updated since then, but not hugely – so you can turn this into your very own modernist pad with just a few tweaks and well chosen pieces of furniture.

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For sale: Two-bedroom penthouse maisonette in 1970s-designed Barbican, London EC2

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Fancy some city living with a midcentury twist? Well, if you have the money to spare, you can secure yourself this two-bedroom penthouse maisonette in 1970s-designed Barbican, London EC2.

It's arranged over the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Bunyan Court, on the north side of a development that was finally completed in 1972 to a design by architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. The site was Grade II listed in 2001 in recognition of its architectural significance and still looks striking today.

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Categories / Women's Fashion

Ivory Ladies Brogues from Dorothy Perkins

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Brogues as womenswear have been on our high street for a few seasons now, and as we move into Autumn/Winter 2010's new lines the style is becoming more varied. These Ivory Lace-Up Brogues from Dorothy Perkins provide a classic and well-styled pair ideal for the transition from Summer.

The rich cream shade of the faux leather provides an instantly retro look, perfect for sixties and seventies styles. For those decades which dared to take menswear on board in women's wardrobes, this pair is both traditional and feminine thanks to the punched hole designs combined with sleek curves.

They're now available from Dorothy Perkins for £25.

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Categories / Architecture, Property

For sale: 1930s Art Deco apartment in Harrogate, Yorkshire

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I spent part of the weekend in Harrogate, checking out the sites and the property market, which currently includes this 1930s Art Deco apartment in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Sat on the main Leeds Road into Harrogate, this was once a large Art Deco house until a developer decided two apartments were better than once house. Can't say I agree with the thinking, but at least said developer has maintained the classic exterior, the biggest selling point in my book.

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Categories / Women's Fashion

Vinnie Canvas T Bar Shoes from Topshop

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T-bar strap shoes are always an easy and effective way to achieve a mid-20th century style, providing that timeless finish to outfits from the twenties to the sixties. For those who find heels hard to bear, Topshop have provided an ideal alternative in these Vinnie Canvas Flats, with all the chic of their heeled sisters.

Made from a cotton canvas, the shoes are comfortable enough for wearing every day and dancing in all night, with a suede toe cap and leather strap too. The peach shade adds some extra retro appeal, providing an unusual take on old fashioned jazz shoes. Practical doesn't always have to compromise on pretty, eh?

They're available from Topshop now for £25.

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For sale: Apartment in 1930s modernist Taymount Grange block in Forest Hill, London SE23

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You can grab yourself an apartment in an interesting and lesser-known modernist gem in the capital, specifically a two-bedroom place on the third floor of Taymount Grange, Taymount Rise, London SE23.

Designed by George Bertram Carter as a 'master and servant' dual room set-up and built between 1935 and 1936, Taymount Grange still screams the era in both shape and detail, but it's also a clever design too, with plenty of natural light and fine views over the recently-refurbished communal gardens (which are part of the deal), not to mention over the city itself.

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