In a compelling conversation facilitated by Neue Luxury, Fleur Watson and Melbourne based Architect Matthew Bird discuss the transformation of his modernist 1960s Ernest Fooks rental apartment into the beguiling Theodore Treehouse. As a bastion of Bird’s worldly possessions, Theodore Treehouse has been meticulously curated to articulate the architect’s obsession with subverting everyday objects, along with historical notions of luxury, collecting and adornment. For more visit studiobird.com.au
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Collecting. Obsession. Architecture.
On Tasmania’s Bruny Island, where the architect built his award-winning house known as the Shearers Quarters (it really is a shearers quarters!), Wardle has a 1940s apple shed filled with objects of his affection: chairs, antique agricultural machinery, old apple packaging technology. Nearby, a more contemporary steel shed accommodates further acquisitions.
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The luxurious and the site specific
One does not often use the terms ‘guerilla’ and ‘anarchy’ to describe a luxury hotel experience. In much the same way you don’t typically imagine architects moving in secret, planning and scheming the reconfiguration of luxury hotel suites under the thin veil of a ‘do not disturb’ sign. But, Australian based architect Matthew Bird has never really viewed the world of luxury through a conventional lens.
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Lebanese businessman and collector Tony Salamé stood on an escalator above a crowd of some 2000 lavishly dressed socialites, art world impresarios, politicians and journalists. They joined him for the much anticipated launch of Aïshti, the enormous $100 million mall and art foundation set alongside the picturesque Mediterranean, 20 minutes from Beirut.