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INSIDE: house tours
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 11/09/2007

HARRY: My friend Karen McCartney, who edits Inside Out magazine, has just launched her book: Iconic Australian Houses: Three Decades of Domestic Architecture. The book launch was held last week in leafy Castlecrag. We all piled into the extraordinary home of Hugh Buhrich (pics of the house below by Martin Van Der Wal). The home graces the book’s cover. There was a great feel to the whole evening. A mix of young architects and designers (Liane Rossler and Sam Marshall were there along with Phil Moore and Caroline Quaine and Andrew Stanic and Andy Harding) plus a good group of architectural luminaries whose work was in the book including Russell Jack (whose houses I have always admired). Karen gave a funny speech, we all drank champange and ate delicious food and wandered through that brilliant house (you’ll have to buy the book to learn more about it). I don’t think anyone wanted to leave. And if you are stuck for a Christmas present - this book is perfect. It’s insightfully written - Karen visited the 15 houses and interviewed clients and architects - and beautifully designed. She offers a rare peek inside what are some of Australia’s most important homes - which all sounds rather worthy. But there’s also a wealth of inspiration for anyone thinking about building or renovating (I love the cherry red carpet and charcoal wall in Robin Boyd’s home…)

Categories: Architecture, Gifts, Harry

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