Kingstone, 66-67 Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1, 2016 • Modernist grade II listed 1937 furniture store with pink Vitrolite stripes, designed by Australian architect and glass fan Raymond McGrath. It’s only the second-known curtain wall in the UK (and the first without stanchions). The store got its name from an early slogan, “pianos with the tone of Kings”. It’s now owned by a long-established loans company called Mutual. Replacing bits of pink Vitrolite (which were originally going to be green) that fell off has been a major quest – there’s a fascinating article here. Note also the flagless flagpole – Leicester has a lot of these.
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