This story has a plot worthy of Agatha Christie and its cast includes the author herself, along with Walter Gropius and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, refugees from the German Bauhaus, Henry Moore and many intellectuals and civil servants. The setting is The Lawn Road Flats, a startling modernist block of small serviced flats with a restaurant and club, both bohemian and sinister. It was also home to a nest of Soviet spies, including the recruiter and controller of the Cambridge Five.
This is the story of a ground-breaking building, now Grade I listed, and of the rich and complex lives of its residents.
Deborah is formerly Curator of the Schroder Collection, a private art collection. She studied for her MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and worked for many years as an academic director and lecturer for Christie’s Education. Appears regularly as a furniture specialist on the Antiques Roadshow.