Down the long driveway, you’ll see it …

Posted on Mon, 5 Jan 2015 by midcenturyjo

It seems the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work. Nose to the grindstone, bum up. Excuse me while I escape the drudgery of the workaday on day one of my return by slipping between the pages of latest fab book to land on my coffee table. Down the long driveway, you’ll see it.

“… a book of pictures of modernist, mid-century New Zealand homes. The houses aren’t new, they’re old and lived in. They can be a little dusty, slightly worn around the edges and all have what antique dealers like to call “patina”. But they’re perfect in the minds of the people who live in them because of what they represent, which when designed, was a better way of living.”

Photographer Mary Gaudin, along with writer Matthew Arnold, hasn’t so much documented the architectural details of the homes but explored their being through her evocative images. It’s about house and site and home and life and aging and fulfilling promise. My copy is dog-eared already. So if you still have some of the money Santa gave you or even as a belated present to yourself then Down the long driveway, you’ll see it is a must.

Bayberry Cottage says:

Gorgeous photos. Would love to live in any of these places!

Pauline says:

So good! Take me there 🙂

Catherine says:

That is a very strange sensation, seeing photos on a blog of the house I gre up in. The furnishings have changed but the post and beam construction and the deck in the garden were unmistakable. Thanks for the jolt of nostalgia!

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