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A profession

WithJoseph Rykwert

This chapter provides the early experiences of the author. An architect, who had arranged the interior of his flat, was engaged to plan the operation. Lucjan Korngold was a promising modernist. But he had to negotiate the business with his mother, and the style must have been her confection out of upmarket English illustrated monthlies. The windows at ground level were armed with black, wrought iron grilles. Not what Mickiewicz had in mind, or what the architect wanted. Although no Le Corbusier, Korngold emigrated to Brazil towards the end of the 1930s and built the first 'modern' high-rise in the centre of Sao Paolo, where he had a very successful professional career. The author had experienced bodily on the building site and had so much impressed him was not arty at all, but very much involved with craft, the building side of architecture.