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VOGUE Living Australia - - Contents - Re­viewed by BON­NIE VAUGHAN

A cel­e­bra­tion of fur­ni­ture de­signer Grant Feather­ston, a look at Lon­don’s emerg­ing sky­line and Ash­ley Hicks shares his love of de­tails

IN THE ROUGH: RAW IN­TE­RI­ORS& RUGGED MAK­ERS by IRIS DE FEIJTER AND IRENE SCHAMPAERT ( Peribo, $80)

Life­style jour­nal­ist De Feijter and de­sign blog­ger Schampaert ex­plore the pas­sion for im­per­fec­tion — think pati­naed sur­faces, weath­ered plas­ter, raw wood­work, rusty met­als and dis­carded ma­te­ri­als — as ex­em­pli­fied by the cre­ators who live it. Brazil­ian ar­chi­tect Déb­ora Lima, Dan­ish de­signer Niels Strøyer Christo­phersen and Am­s­ter­dam-based duo For­mafan­tasma are among the ar­ti­sans who have thrown open the doors of their art­fully rugged abodes to share their in­sights and in­spi­ra­tions.

THE RUM­PUS ROOM (tim­ross.com.au, $36) by TIM ROSS

“This was the era of be­ing able to do any­thing your­self, as long as you had a spirit level, a string line and the abil­ity to call out to your next door neigh­bour when you were trapped un­der a top­pled tank stand.” So be­gins broad­caster Tim Ross’s nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to 1960s Aus­tralia’s subur­ban spread in this af­fec­tion­ately ir­rev­er­ent col­lec­tion of short sto­ries cel­e­brat­ing our ar­chi­tec­turu­ral quirks.

NEW AR­CHI­TEC­TURE LON­DON ( Peribo, $70) pho­tog­ra­phy by AG­NESE SANVITO AND RICHARD SCHUL­MAN

Lon­don’s sky­line has been trans­formed by an un­prece­dented ver­ti­cal growth this cen­tury, in­tro­duc­ing gar­ish tow­ers like ‘The Cheeseg­rater’ along­side in­no­va­tive struc­tures rein­vent­ing the cap­i­tal’s ar­chi­tec­tural lan­guage, such as Zaha Ha­did’s Ser­pen­tine Sack­ler Gallery and Her­zog & de Meu­ron’s Tate Mod­ern Switch House. With an in­tro­duc­tion by ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign ex­pert Ed­win Heath­cote pro­vid­ing thought­ful so­cial and his­toric con­text, this rich vol­ume show­cases the dra­matic and of­ten brazen jux­ta­po­si­tion of old and new.

DE TAI L S by ASH­LEY HICKS ( Idea, $78)

The devil is in the de­tails but so is the divine, as Hicks duly il­lus­trates in this lux­u­ri­ous book filled with an­no­tated images — most taken by the Lon­don de­signer, and many on his phone — that fo­cus on the small but sig­nif­i­cant dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures in­side vast his­toric homes and in­sti­tu­tions that have in­spired his own in­te­ri­ors. The leaded glass in Som­er­set’s Mon­ta­cute House; the crowned ‘L’s in the colon­nade cre­ated for Louis XVIII at The Lou­vre… no ac­cent is too triv­ial to es­cape Hicks’s dis­cern­ing eye.

FEATH­ERS TON by GE­OFF ISAAC ( Thames & Hud­son, $70)

Au­thor Isaac, a life­long col­lec­tor of Grant Feather­ston chairs, was as­ton­ished to dis­cover that no books about the pioneering Aus­tralian fur­ni­ture de­signer ex­isted, so he de­cided to change that. With ac­cess to ex­clu­sive archived ma­te­rial; the bless­ings of Feather­ston’s wife and cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tor, Mary; and back­ing from a wildly suc­cess­ful Kick­starter cam­paign, he has pro­duced this comprehensive and strik­ingly il­lus­trated mono­graph cel­e­brat­ing Feather­ston’s ground­break­ing achieve­ments and un­der­rated ge­nius.

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