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Great Britain - Expo Paris 1937

Great Britain at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© H. Chipault
Architect(s) : Oliver Hill

The entrance to the British pavilion, which had a painted façade on the Seine, opened onto the Quai d'Orsay.

You first entered a large hall where the specific products of the main English industries were exhibited; this hall led to gardens laid out for rest, descending to the bank.

An elliptical ramp joined the main floor to the lower floor.

All around, you could see the typical rooms of a weekend house.

The room on the Seine level housed Scottish exhibitors, weavers from Wales, while those on the upper floor, on the Quai d'Orsay level, were devoted to shooting and hunting, sports and games, leather goods, glassware, goldsmiths.

Tourism also had its place.

A map of the British Isles, with the main railway lines outlined by neon lighting, was painted on the façade.

In the furniture section, the idea of progress was manifested in the desire to eliminate all unnecessary work; the kitchen was the best illustration of this principle.

In the decoration, the use of wood colours was particularly remarkable.

In ten bookcases, each representing an open book, were arranged a variety of books.

One section was devoted to art bindings.

In the goldsmith's shop, the difference between mass production and handmade work was expressed in two symbolic pictures.

In ceramics, in glassware, stoneware and earthenware pots and that "bone-china" which combined the most modern taste and fantasy with English practicality.

The highlight of the section was the heat-resistant laboratory glass, full of graceful proportions.

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