Few months ago sitting at home and pondering what to do I searched for local museums and found one about 10 minutes walk from my house. I was delighted to discover this 1930s house designed by the Estonian artist Dora Gordine, where she lived with her husband Richard Hare. She was a sculptor and he was an avid collector of Russian Imperial art.
On one side the house overlooks Richmond Park and is surrounded by a pretty orchard. On the other side is Kingston Vale.
Inside there is Dora’s studio, a large room full of light and a room which displays many of her works.
Upstairs are the living quarters, the round door and arched windows give the space amazing look. Even though the furnishings are modern it all works. There are still some original lights, fireplaces and this wonderful curtain designed by Bloomsbury Group and saved from the rubble.
A truly unique place and what a fascinating figure Dora was.
The house is opened to the public once a month on a Saturday, the dates are on the website. There are a couple of tours on the day which are great if you want to find out all the details about the couple and the house.