The Picker House is a remarkable late 1960’s modernist home designed for Stanley Picker, a New York-born cosmetic manufacturer, who settled in London in 1936 and made his fortune launching the new make-up brands Miners, Outdoor Girl and Mary Quant.
Situated on the outskirts of London, near Kingston upon Thames, this stunning modernist house was designed to house Picker’s superb collection of modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture. Designed in 1965, by British architect Kenneth Wood, the house is a rare surviving example of a progressive late modernist house and garden that remains pretty much unaltered since Picker died in 1982.
The house retains its period interior décor and contemporary furnishings designed by Terence Conran’s Design Group. The art is very much Picker’s personal taste and includes works by Chagall, Frink, Hepworth, Lowry, Rodin and many more, all of which are an integral part of the house’s conception and charm.
Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear about Stanley Picker’s life and tour his unique modernist home. Visits are only available by very special arrangement.
Maximum group size – 12
Getting there: Directions and address will be provided with your booking. There are five car parking spaces available at the house (please book through Sue), address and public transport directions will be sent with ticket confirmation.
Image credit: Courtesy of the Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
Need to know
Getting there: Drive or public transport – full details supplied with confirmation of booking
Location: The house is near Kingston-upon-Thames
Visits are only possible by special arrangement