Shelley Klein is the daughter of Bernat Klein, a Yugoslavian émigré and ground-breaking textile designer whose  pioneering use of contemporary colours and textures in tweed changed the face of fashion in the seventies and  were used by Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Shelley grew up in the Scottish Borders in a house designed on  a modernist open-plan grid; with colourful glass panels set against a forest of trees. Living in High Sunderland (or,  as Shelley called it, the see-through house) was like living in a work of art.  

This is a memoir suffused with art, fashion, architecture, humour and ultimately love, for whilst her  father is obsessed with aesthetics, he isn’t a minimalist monster, but a generous and committed friend, father and  colleague. Threaded through Shelley’s book is her father’s own story: an Orthodox Jewish childhood in Yugoslavia;  his rejection of rabbinical studies to pursue a life of art; his arrival in post-war Britain and his imagining of a house  filled with light and colour as interpreted by the architect Peter Womersley. The See-Through House is about the  places that make us, and what happens when we have to leave them. 

Chaired by Sheilagh Matheson

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