Harold Desbrowe-Annear

Harold Desbrowe-Annear : A Life in Architecture

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Harold Desbrowe-Annear was an enigma: an architect who counted among his clients some of Melbourne's wealthiest families and among his friends a wide range of bohemian artists and writers. In this beautifully illustrated and highly readable biography, Harriet Edquist explores both the multifaceted work and unconventional life of this intriguing man, a life that was sometimes scandalous and always eventful. Trained during the heady days of Melbourne's 1880s land boom and imbued with the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Desbrowe-Annear embraced the power of architecture to improve people's lives. He promoted the idea of an 'architecture of democracy': an art available to everyone. From 1889 to 1933, he was responsible for some of the most innovative houses in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula. Adopting a variety of styles, the houses were nonetheless all planned for comfort and functional efficiency, as well as good design. For Robin Boyd, Desbrowe-Annear was a 'pioneer modernist' whose best works deserved recognition alongside his European and American contemporaries. "Harold Desbrowe-Annear" brings the charm and innovation of that work to the fore.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 220.98 x 246.38 x 30.48mm | 1,496.85g
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522850529
  • 9780522850529
  • 707,503

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"'Harold Desbrowe-Annear was an iconoclast and maverick; a friend of a great number of artists and writers; a bohemian who never outgrew the desire to shock.' - Harriet Edquist"
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