Magnus Englund, the Swedish design expert and co-founder of Scandinavian furniture retailer Skandium, lives in the Grade I-listed Isokon Building in Belsize Park, north London, and has become its unofficial custodian.
He is a hoarder of all things Isokon — the London-based company formed in 1929 to design modernist houses and flats and the fixtures and furniture to go in them. He has also been a champion behind the Isokon Gallery, dedicated to the extraordinary history of the building where he lives.
The gallery opened in the block’s former garage on the ground floor three years ago.
“I absolutely love living here — it has become part of my life,” says Englund, 50, who moved to the UK in 1995 to pursue a career in fashion, working first for Paul Smith, then Patrick Cox, before opening the first Skandium store in Marylebone in 1999.