Tucked behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, you will find the serenity of the half-timbered Tudor building that houses Liberty of London. Founded by Arthur Lazenby Libert in 1875 as East India House, it would change the face of fashion and design. My first memory of Liberty is from their signature floral print shirts, skirts and scarves.
Two buildings, the original 1850's section and the "new" 1927 section, combine to form a maze of rooms on six levels, with two large center atriums, one with a hanging sculputral light.
One of the things I discovered on this trip - and I can't imagine how I ever could have missed it before - is the wooden figural carvings around the railing in the atrium. These reminded me of the animals around the castle wall at Cardiff. You can see the carvings in the top of the two pictures of the atrium, where rugs are hanging.
The Eagle The Owl The Bear The Monkey The Gnome
The ElephantThe Lion
I haven't been able to find any history of these carvings, so if anyone knows, please share it! I am also curious as to why there are only seven figures... Did I forget to take the last one, or are there really only seven?