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Mid Century Modern

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Did a long walk to North Melbourne Station then a trip into the city to see the Mid Century Modern Australian Furniture Design. I arrived at the Gallery just in time to join a tour of this exhibition that closes this weekend. The exhibition followed the development of Australian designers in the post war period utilizing available materials like Parachute harness belting and ply from Aeroplanes .
Fred Ward designed the DC1 chair for the company that was to become FLER, Fred Lowen & Ernest Rodeck had their own workshop. Fler received an order of 500 chairs form Myer for £2/10,  a boon for the developing company. Born in Germany in 1919 Fred escaped to Belgium in 1938 after Crystal Night. He entered England in 1940 via the Dunkirk evacuation and was interned and transported in 'true convict style' on the Dunera to Australia where he was interned in Hay and Tatura. In 1942 Fred was reclassified as a 'friendly' enemy alien and was released for work as a fitter and…

Industrial design

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I really like the industrial trend in modern architecture and design .Not that I will have any scope for that in our new modern pad.
But as I was walking to North Melbourne station I was walking down McLaurens street where there are lots of industry, trucks and mills etc.




Bushido: The way of the Warrior

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Decided to go to the national gallery to see this Japanese exhibition of Bushido, about Samurai.
Probably thinking I saw enough in Japan, but No!  endless interest!
The entrance to the room was painted Vermillion like a Tori (gate)
The exhibit was of Samurai Suits of Armour, swords, wood block prints,(of Yoshitsune-- that will mean something to Celia) and Screens.
The main suit was purchased by the NGV in 1889 but never had it on display! It dates from the Edo period 1600-1868 It is a suit of 'modern' style of the 11th and 12 century.

It must have been a sight to still the heart, as he came thundering towards you on horseback.
As well a display of sword guards, Iron wrought with design and carving.
Also on an iPad that gave you details of each one.
The screen and this bow and arrow were beautiful in their detail
Can you guess what this is ??
Other things on display were a lovely collection of Inro and Netsuke.Consisting of a stack of tiny, nested boxes, inrō were most commonl…

The Sale

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A rather late entry but we are still at Footscray till 13th November
I approached an Agent that Andrew had referred me to and Dean Johnson and Summer were the agents that I dealt with from Sweeney. They were great and impressed with my styling of the house. I had at first thought 'styling' was a wank, but after seeing some places on line (one obviously tenanted, with shopping on the counter, dishes in the sink and wet washing draped over the bath taps) So i went all out, even, on Andrew's suggestion, setting up a TV in the back sun room, as buyers would want to see where they can watch TV. I feel I should warn them when they do a final inspection that they need to organise an aerial  and cable. (when we did have TV it was just plugged in with a flat ribbon cord to the antenna ) The Bungalow was transformed.
 Pity Celia didn't get to use the craft room that  I worked on so hard last Summer!
All she will see next month is a barren space
My Bedroom has never looked so nea…