Rove Concepts
Friday
Jan072011

Dianna Snape and the art of architectural photography

Ever notice the difference between editorial photography and architectural photography? One conveys a story, the other an idea. The first is often styled and "contrived", a set, make believe. A room is tweaked and tarted to fit a storyline or an editor's vison. Architectural photography is a showcase. It tells the truth and trumpets the details of a designer's work. It concentrates on the big picture as well as the intricacies. Dianna Snape is one of this country's best architectural photographers. She takes the designer's creation and captures it for posterity, to educate and inspire. The rooms are beautiful in both but photographers like Dianna understand the architect's vision and her images are records of the beauty, as important as plans and elevations.

  

  

  

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Thursday
Jan062011

Some favourite vignettes of 2010

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Thursday
Jan062011

Fiddlesticks!

How amazing is this extension by Phooey Architects in Fitzroy North, Melbourne? It's rustic yet it's modern. Timber battens conjure ideas of woven baskets half completed. Internally it's simple yet stylish. A funky inner city home just a little bit different from the neighbours. Love the architects' profile ... "young, enthusiastic & progressive in design practice. They enjoy a coffee in the morning & a beer at night. In between, they are inspired & motivated by their diverse city community." Fiddlesticks! Architects and their designs should always be so cool! (Photography by Dianna Snape ... more on her tomorrow.)

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Some more favourite kitchens of 2010

{click on the photo to go to the original post...and click here to see my first set of favourite kitchens of 2010}

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Wilkinson Blender

Live/work, green, sustainable, re-use, recycle, style, substance and fun!Chicago architects Wilkinson Blender wanted to save energy and materials with clever design and scrupulous reuse of materials from the original tavern building in this remodel. They even installed wind turbines on the roof to augment photo-voltaic cells. The roof top garden is perfect for entertaining that is if you can drag your friends away from the games room or the togo sofas. It's smart, it's stylish, it's green and it's sexy.

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