Modernism

Art of Living Well – Antiquity to a Villa in Australia Today

Art of Living Well – Antiquity to a Villa in Australia Today

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Our art of living well has evolved since antiquity in Europe to a residence in Australia today through a diverse and special mix of peoples and their cultures

Country Romanticism

Country Romanticism

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Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) had no formal architectural education studying buildings around his home at Thursley in Surrey. Stylistically the houses he built looked back to an English venacular tradition. They were modified in response to the differing requirements of his affluent clients. Each house was a complex, sometimes eclectic…

Celtic Modernity

Celtic Modernity

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Modernism in the United Kingdom was born out of reaction to high Victorian overstuffed interiors. There was a desire to return to a simpler time with honest methods of design and production, akin to those of medieval and religious guilds. William Morris and his colleagues Phillip Webb, Walter Crane, William…

Caviar Creature

Caviar Creature

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In an Age of Modernism most silver manufacturers at the turn of the twentieth century opted for the known over the unknown. Orthodoxy prevailed, even in an industry rapidly being overhauled by modern technological advances. Jules Auguste Habert Dys (1850-1924) was a notable exception. He was one of several metalworkers…

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…

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?