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Crystal Lindsay

Luis Barragán at Design Museum

The quest to shape nature and art to some native union is dazzlingly achieved in frames of hypnotic stillness and surprise.

Fierce Mexican light is first barricaded out with Cubist self-discipline; startling colours and angles fold you in their walls then spring fresh spaces, horizons, and sun-corralling waterfalls. 'Life without beauty is not worthy of being called human' is a sentiment inevitably disclosing the elitism of Barragán's privileged background: his park drinking trough with its immense aisle of dark water finds its dedication in the tranquillity of slow-supping horses, patrician emblem of some older order. The Architect's ego, however, exists to exalt: don't miss experiencing this one.

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