Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) had no formal architectural education studying buildings around his home at Thursley in Surrey. Stylistically the houses he built looked back to an English venacular tradition. They were modified in response to the differing requirements of his affluent clients. Each house was a complex, sometimes eclectic enterprise built of local materials like Le Bois des Moutiers in France. Its geometric structure extended into a garden designed to complement it by his friend Gertrude Jekkyl. New technology was accepted but disguised. Radiators veiled behind lattice work, electric light bulbs hidden in eighteenth century style lanterns or disguised as candles. Cupboards opened to reveal wash basins of the latest design. The only rooms where technology was let loose were the kitchens and bathrooms. The motor car was placed in a garage disguised as a barn because the ethos of country romanticism he subscribed to didn’t have a solution from the past to surmount the problem.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.