The documentary, Life Architecturally
, is an inspiring story of Australian design and architecture. The film follows internationally acclaimed husband and wife team Robert McBride and Debbie Ryan to discover what inspires their innovative concepts. It observes the complex procedures when designing multi-story buildings, schools, and even the ongoing construction of the duo’s family home. The unfortunate part – the construction of their own space is put on the back burner because of their busy schedules. The down-to-earth parents are considered leaders in the modern architectural movement.
Many designers and architects will relate to their ongoing struggle to create bold new designs and get each project off the ground. Their designs are changing the look of Melbourne and creating a buzz about Australian architecture. Their spiral shaped “Klein Bottle house” received the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award for best residential house in the world in 2009. Many of their acclaimed projects include a copper dome shaped house fitted like jig-saw puzzle and a house extension that resembles a cloud (see above).
The one hour and twenty minute documentary follows the architects over a period of one year, introducing viewers into their lives, working relationships, and vast inspiration.
You can view more projects by visiting the website of McBride Charles Ryan.
Another busy week at HFOC as we continue to add new items to our website. Today we will receive the final pieces from a consignment that we have been bringing you for the past three weeks. Be sure to check back with us online or visit our showroom to see the full range of what’s on offer.
Grand Designs Australia Live! Coming to Melbourne in September and Sydney in October 2012. Start making grand plans.
Garden of the Year 2012: the small garden http://ow.ly/a0G31
The Charles modular sofa was designed by Antoni Citterio for B&B Italia in 1997. The designer revisited his design in 2003 and made the Charles deeper to allow you to lay comfortably on the sofa. The sofa has a two seat cushions and a series of three cushions placed on the backrest. The Charles has a decidedly modern taste which is enhanced by the pure lines of the aluminium die cast feet. This sofa has just been upholstered white leather. Decorative throw pillows shown are not included.
Was $3,300, now $2,700. Divan Pacha by Caravane Paris http://ow.ly/8voSh
We have an exceptionally distinctive set of 10 vintage art deco dining chairs with their handsome original tan leather seats and seatbacks. They are in fine vintage condition and stuffed with supple horsehair filling.
The French art deco style is an eclectic design and artistic style that began in the 1920’s in Paris and was very popular through the 1930’s. Classic examples of this style are evident in the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Grace Building in Sydney, and the (original) ocean liner Queen Mary.
This set of chairs was originally purchased from the Country Trader in Waterloo for nearly $18,000.
We have uniquely paired them with a very modern ebony dining table, made of solid hardwood. This table was originally purchased from Fanuli Furniture in Cremorne for just under $8,000.
These particular chairs when paired with a more traditional oak table look appropriate, but with limited appeal. The reverse is also true when a modern table paired is with minimal modern chairs. This unique pairing enables the setting to modernize a traditional home or to add warmth to a minimal house or apartment.
The price of the complete setting at HFOC is $11,400.
This is a savings of $14,600 from their original cost of approximately $26,000.
Visit our website for more information.
Scott Faso, Managing Director, Home Furniture on Consignment
Just reduced from $680 to $380 each. ‘Antionette’ Cameo Dining Chair http://ow.ly/8mcxM