Inside the Collection

furniture design

Home made commode an ‘ensuite’ from 1909

April 7, 2014

Lynne McNairn
A commode is defined as 'a stand or cupboard containing a chamber pot or washbasin'. They date from before the days of sewerage and flushing toilets, when for obvious reasons, the toilet or can was located outside the house, usually at the far end of the backyard.

A private tour of the post WWII chair collection with Dr Paul Donnelly

November 25, 2013

Lynne McNairn
The image above shows a few of the chairs in storage at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre: the museum's off site storage and collection care facility at Castle Hill.  The collection stores are generally not open to the public but behind-the-scenes tours and open days are programmed throughout the year. Please be seated was one such tour conducted for Sydney Design 2013.

The original Sacco beanbag – very cool design

September 23, 2013

Lynne McNairn
Beanbags are something I take for granted.  They can be found  in many homes,  in family rooms, teenage bedrooms  and even as pet beds.  They are available in most ‘bargain’ stores and are a symbol of casual (even grotty) student households.

An armchair from the wilderness

July 17, 2013

Lynne McNairn
This armchair titled 'Peninsula Tasmania' was made by Gay Hawkes in Melbourne in 1985. It is made from shipwreck hardwood, collected at Forestier Peninsula in Tasmania and King William pine. Tourists drive across the Forestier Peninsula on the way to Port Arthur but it remains very undeveloped and there appear to be few roads to the wild east coast where the artist was probably camped.

Sydney Design 2010- Featherston ‘Stem’ chair

July 28, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Sydney Design 2010 starts on Saturday and runs until August 15. For the next two weeks, we will be blogging exclusively on design, everyday, under this year's theme 'Tell us a story'. As a taster, you'll be able to discover more on Achille Castiglioni and the RR 126 Radiogram, the 'Creating the Look: Benini and fashion photography' exhibition, the Australian International Design Awards, the unique jewellery pieces of this year's design travelling scholarship winner, Liesl Hazelton, designer-makers featured in our 'Young Blood' markets, SD10 events, talks and tours as they happen and in this post, the Featherston 'Stem' chair.

Droog: Dutch for dry

April 12, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Droog = WYSIWYG ("What you see is what you get") Droog = IYF ("In your face") Droog = Dutch for dry In this day and age of acronyms, colloquialisms, abbreviations and computer speak; things aren't always what they seem.