Sublimely utilitarian: H.Due.O umbrella

The objective: This is the fifth in a series of posts showcasing the sublimely utilitarian. To qualify, a product must understand and address its purpose perfectly, must comprise nothing that isn’t essential. But it must also go beyond the expected - it must suprise, pleasure and delight. It must respond to this great saying: “Only do something... Continue Reading →

Alternative maps of the world

Peters World Map What are they? During Season 2 of Aaron Sorkin's heroic television show, The West Wing, a nerdy but quietly zealous group called the Organisation of Cartographers for Social Equality introduce the Whitehouse staff to the Peters World Map, an equal-area map where 1 square centimetre of map equals the same number of... Continue Reading →

The Oscars

What are they? An awards ceremony this Sunday afternoon (Pacific Standard Time) conducted by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that recognises excellence in film making over the past 12 months. Separate awards are bestowed upon the best film, best director, best actor, best actress and a host of other individuals. The Oscars is... Continue Reading →

Mihaly Slocombe: Farmer House

Hildebrand House by Kevin Borland, 1977 What is it? A project for which we have recently completed sketch design, photos of whose model can be viewed on our website, here. Farmer House is a renovation to Hildebrand House by the late Kevin Borland in 1977. It is located near the top of Oliver's Hill in Frankston South,... Continue Reading →

Reinventing the wheel

On more than one occasion, we have overheard builders grumble about architects' inexplicable need to constantly reinvent the wheel. These builders are invariably referring to the sophistication of our construction details and how difficult they are to execute. Why do we constantly reinvent the wheel? The answer, after years of occasional reflection and contemplation, is... Continue Reading →

Dangerous places

Walsh Street House by Robin Boyd, 1958 What are they? The antithesis of the contemporary urban environment, whose sturdy handrails, warning decals and fluorescent yellow strips are tenderly coddling us in bubble wrap, anxiously protecting us from every possible bump, scrape and bruise. By dangerous, we do not so much refer to cliff edges nor shark-infested... Continue Reading →

The Flyboard

What is it? Every now and then, someone invents something so engaging and persuasive, we can't help but want one. It doesn't matter if the design is frivolous or dangerous or even wasteful, we can't help but want one. When the kernel of the idea is powerful and its execution intuitive, we find our imaginations... Continue Reading →

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