Search results for: 2014

Compressing concerns with mid-century foam upholstery

When we buy a piece of furniture, we scour the fine print to find those reassuring words, ‘lifetime guarantee’. However for mid-century furniture, that guarantee has almost expired. While traditional materials such as wood and natural fibres like horsehair can …  More

The full-fashioned leg

When one thinks idly of Victorian ladies’ stockings – perhaps while at the lights, or waiting for the tram – ‘drab’ may spring to mind (along with itchy). Bright sunshine yellow with zig-zags probably does not. Yet a glance within …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 3: Sydney Curtain

  Sydney Curtain   David McDiarmid’s Sydney Curtain (referred to previously as My Sydney), 1978, is a celebration of both Sydney and synthetic plastics of the 1970s. The artwork contains numerous types of plastics which have all been exposed to …  More

Michael Hirst and Mid-Century Modern

One of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement with the Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design exhibition was researching the design output of Michael Hirst (1917 – 2002). Hirst designed and manufactured a range of stylish furniture pieces, including tables, …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 2: Thinking of You

Thinking of You, 1990, by David McDiarmid is a mosaic artwork made of irregularly shaped pieces of monochrome and polychrome holographic contact film adhered to a black painted plywood panel. The artwork has a total of 34 distinctive pattern and …  More

Persian Portrait of a prince examining an arrow (late 16th century-early 17th century)

This portrait was probably painted during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587–1629), whose rule marked a period of stability and consolidation within the Persian Empire and saw the capital at Isfahan established in 1600.   As well as wall paintings decorating …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – Ben Watt

This week Ben Watt will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked him a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? That is someone else’s job …  More