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Nature Versus Culture. Steam Ahead. Long Journeys End. Tent for a Prince. An Artists Villa. They go where the architecture is and this is usually the rotting Georgian centres of big cities. Fogeys like Places to be socially crunchy …Mr and Mrs Fogey like to live in decaying splendour with wonderful, slightly broken things. They love costly tatters, the aristocratic aesthetic of pleasing decay. Their walls of patchy bare plaster give the Crumbling Palazzo Look. It is like hanging pictures on the inside of a Stilton.

To go with that they like old china repaired with brass rivets.

To repair their houses properly, fogeys invented architectural salvage. Miles away when philistines are gutting an old house, fogeys pick up high-frequency distress signals. Cracked marble fireplaces, panelled doors masked by crude hardboard flushing, sash windows, shutters, Carron grates and strangely brilliant old glass are mourned over and carried home.

Another good building RIP. When a demolition pickaxe shatters the work of the human hand, fogeys feel it is a blow against humanity. If an old house is modernised with a new crudely-panelled front door, fogeys call the style Kentucky Fried Georgian… Like playing with Leggo they swop building bits one small Georgian reeded marble fireplace broken in three places equals a big cast- iron bath on claw feet. Fogey families believe in conservation heroics.

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They live with no roof, then no floors, then only a few walls, but lots of dry rot, Greek builders drinking Coca-Cola, collapsing ceilings, cold water, layers of filth, cellars full of old tights and tea- leaves, re-wiring by day, re-plumbing by fly-by-night and donating the drawing room as an emergency campaign office.

Fogeys learned to rough it in the early Seventies. The watercolour perspective of St. Pancras New Church hangs here, over another handsome white marble chimneypiece.

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Anti Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design by Gavin Stamp | The Times

The rich red and yellow colour scheme is neo-Victorian, a Peter Blake Pop Art take on a nineteenth century palette. I cannot abide walls without pictures and, ideally, I would like them from floor to ceiling. I have absolutely no sympathy for that austere, puritanical, joyless approach which demands no clutter and just a few choice objects in a room of awful, boring, whiteness.

Such rooms are not for real, clumsy human beings. I would rather have lots of moderately good things than one exceptional object, Stamp wrote in As regards the pictures, I like anything, providing it is of a building. Stamp tells their story in order to explore the complicated history of architectural taste and changing perceptions of ugliness, then and now. See our disclaimer. Customer Reviews.

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