Gerald Auguste Charles Lacoste [commonly known as Gerald Lacoste] was born in Eastbourne, Sussex on 30 March 1908. He qualified as an architect in 1930. After working for a firm in Frinton on Sea, Essex, and for Sir Edwin Lutyens and Oswald Milne, he opened his own practice in 1933. In the 1930s, Lacoste designed houses for a number of celebrities including for the singer Gracie Fields in Frognal, London, and for the couturier Edward Molyneux. For Norman Hartnell, dressmaker to the Queen, in 1934 he created a Salon within a large 18th century townhouse at 26 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London. The salon is generally acknowledged as one of the finest examples of pre-war commercial design. Lacoste's innovative use of glass in the project including the frameless entrance doors to the salon attracted a lot of attention in the press at the time.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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