It’s been a wild 100 years on many counts. Politics, real estate, world news, etc. While all of these are very important, here at Australian Heritage Homes, we happen to be partial to specific areas related to your dream home. Outside, inside, the design and the maintenance – there’s a reason that we have become such storied experts in construction and home design. A part of that is passion, and we hope that that shows through on our blog articles. We can only continue to get better when we look at our past and our history – both as a company and on a broader scale. We recently found a really cool article taking a look at a variety of important design moments that have taken place over the last 100 years and today, we thought we’d share some of our favourites. This is just the first instalment, as it was hard for us to choose!
Let’s lay the foundation with the start of the century. Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus, which was a school of thought that merged architecture, painting, sculpture and crafts throughout the different classes that it offered. It was incredibly ahead of its time, kicking off mass production of furniture. Even with today’s most modern furniture, you can still see echoes of Gropius’ original way of working.
1920 was a banner year as the magazine Architectural Digest published its very first issue. This is a magazine that has only retained and enhanced its popularity, almost 100 years later. Back then it mainly focused on the state of California, as more and more homes were embracing a modern look, as opposed to more traditional cottages and the like.
Jean-Michel Frank is another name to know and 1937 was his year. He decorated the living room in Nelson Rockefeller’s town house, with a well-known and eclectic style. Think mixing Louis XV-style French furnishings and paintings by Matisse. As with many of the trends that we read about in this article, you see a cyclical pattern in that these interior design moments are coming back around today. This was Frank’s swan song right before he departed from design.
Here at AHH, we love working with different types of materials. You’ll notice this in the variety of styles of homes that we build for our customers. This wasn’t always the case, but Philip Johnson took it into his own hands when he built The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. As you probably guessed from the name, it’s built entirely of glass. Originally, Johnson built it as his own house, but it’s now open to the public today for guided tours as an example of really unique architecture.
Next up, we’ll explore the second half of the 1900s and have lots of exciting architecture and interior design examples to share.
Questions? Reach out to the AHH team. We’d love to hear from you!