Bentwood Classic

Bentwood Classic

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The decorative arts magazine The Studio was devoured in the coffee house culture of Vienna’s cafes at the turn of the 20th century with English fashion, sport and food debated endlessly. The attractiveness of handicraft items issuing from Vienna was demonstrated at the World Exposition in Paris of 1900. Michael…

Fitting Form to Function

Fitting Form to Function

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Charles Edward Jeanneret changed his name to Le Corbusier. As a modernist, he was primarily concerned with the least complex method of fitting form to function. His radical plans included replacing the historic centre of Paris with eighteen gigantic skyscrapers. Thankfully in this he failed. His books published between 1923…

Contemporary Art & Design

Contemporary Art & Design

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The characteristics that define contemporary art are evident in every age: confidence in execution, structure, form and style. A dispute known as the “Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns,” dominated the intellectual life of Europe between 1683 and 1719. The crux was whether the Moderns (those living at the time)…

Youthful Style

Youthful Style

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the economic and social forces, which underpinned Victorian stability, were shattered, Britain’s manufacturing power was threatened at home by industrial unrest and internationally by America, Germany and Japan. Growing feminist and socialist movements characterize this period as one of protracted crisis. The…

Liberated Living

Liberated Living

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Austrian architect Josef Hoffman (1870 – 1956) was a rare individual, who could design in many mediums. He created a sense of ‘liberated living’ when he completed the Palais Stoclet at Brussels between 1905-11.  It has been described as a ‘flawless masterpiece of a thousand years of architectural history’. Harmony…

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

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Do the protagonists on television’s real estate renovating reality show, The Block at Melbourne in 2011 face a renovating nightmare, or a restoration delight?

Gold Coast Tenor David de Vito Proves Australia’s Got Talent

Gold Coast Tenor David de Vito Proves Australia’s Got Talent

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Australia’s Got Talent showcases many different musical styles and types of talent, none more outstanding than David de Vito who has reached the Final in 2011. A tenor from the Gold Coast, Queensland David is a big man with a big voice and even bigger heart.

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

Finding Paradise on Earth

Finding Paradise on Earth

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From the earliest times gardens were associated with shade, running water; fragrance and fresh produce and therefore represented peace and prosperity. Each visit to a garden is a unique experience because its plants, ornaments, views and garden buildings appear in a sequence that can never exactly be repeated ever again….

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

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If you want to enjoy a close encounter of the best kind remember that in space no one can hear you scream, but if you remain on earth you can have an enormous lot of fun with Paul, the E.T. with awesome attitude

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At the Beginnings of Art – Precincts of Power and Glory

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The city of Rome came into being when the seven hill towns became one to drain the valley floor and improve their collective future.

Safely Up in an iCloud, more than just heaven on earth

Safely Up in an iCloud, more than just heaven on earth

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With its new product iCloud Apple, ever market innovators, have come up with a simple way to store all that is important up there in the clouds so its accessible wherever we are and importantly, from whatever device we have to hand right down here on earth.

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At the Beginnings of Art – An Arcadian Ideal

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The Arcadian ideal of ancient Greece as a centre for youth, energy, toleration and intellectual freedom a place where beauty and nature came together is true