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Betzy Dinesen

Term applied to an architectural and interior design style prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the USA and Australia, countries formerly colonized by Britain. The style, used mostly for domestic architecture, was based on buildings of early colonial periods and had much in common with the contemporary ...

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Rodney Hayward

British furniture-designer and teacher, also active in Australia. Ingham was educated as a designer at the Huddersfield School of Art (1957–9), Leeds College of Art (1959–61) and the Royal College of Art (RCA), London (1961–4). A Royal Scholar at the RCA, in his final year he won several scholarships that gave him the freedom to travel. He consequently spent a year as design assistant to Antti Nurmesneimi (...

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M. Stapleton

Australian architect. He was the son of a timber merchant and furniture maker and was apprenticed to the furniture trade before practising as an architect. His technical knowledge of timber detailing was combined with a romantic design approach to produce individualistic interpretations of the Californian bungalow style. His most important work was Belvedere (...

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Kevin Fahy

Australian cabinetmaker of Austro-Hungarian birth. He was apprenticed in Seret as a cabinetmaker. After military service during World War I he worked in Vienna, Prague and other European cities as a furniture-maker before settling in Berlin in the 1920s. In 1935 he began work with the Berlin Umschichtungsstelle der Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland, an organization for the retraining of Jews who wished to emigrate. In ...

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Kevin Fahy

Australian cabinetmaker of Irish birth. He arrived in Sydney a free settler in 1835 and started his own business in 1841 as a cabinetmaker, upholsterer and undertaker. His billhead, decorated with the royal coat of arms (indicative of vice-regal patronage), describes him as a ‘Designer and Manufacturer of Superior Furniture’. His workshop was one of the most extensive mid-19th-century furniture manufactories in Sydney and attracted both official and private custom. In addition to being a prominent retailer of imported furniture, Lenehan produced a considerable amount of locally made furniture in both indigenous and imported woods. His designs drew heavily on contemporary British furniture pattern books and catalogues. Apart from extant documented work at Government House, Sydney, examples can be found at Old Government House, Parramatta, NSW, identified by his impressed punch mark or one of several trade labels. Furniture from his workshop was exhibited in Sydney in ...

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Australian painter and designer. From 1913 to c. 1915 he studied art with Dattilo Rubbo (1870–1955) and music in Sydney. In 1919 he devised a colour–music theory that allied the colours of the spectrum to musical scales and, with fellow artist Roland Wakelin, held an exhibition of eleven paintings and five room designs based on this theory. The paintings, such as ...

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Geoffrey R. Edwards

Australian sculptor and designer, active in the USA. He studied aeronautical engineering and later industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, but left without finishing the course. From 1949 to 1953 he worked as an industrial designer, specializing in furniture. Marketed widely in Australia during these years, his furniture was distinguished by its simplicity. It was constructed with plain, undisguised materials such as steel rods, timber laminates, and cord; his tables, chairs, and shelving systems exercised a delight in linear and open structure that conveyed an impression of virtual weightlessness....

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Gordon Campbell

Australian furniture-maker , active in Perth. He became a cabinetmaker in 1970, and in 1982 founded Just Jarrah, which makes domestic furniture in the dense rich brown Australian wood known as jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata). Riggs’s designs and techniques reflect his extensive experience of fishing boats and the sea....