The heritage-listed McCraith House in Dromana expresses something essential about the Southern States' relationship with the beach. Where our Northern cousins celebrate the tropics with long-legged Queenslanders or romantic weatherboard shacks, the harsher climate of Victoria inspired a boom of exceptional modernist beach houses. No trip along our wild Southern coast is complete without a slow wind through sandy back streets, where flat-roofed modernist-elegant shacks nestle in the scrub.
These days the 'Butterfly House' belongs to RMIT and has been stunningly preserved and furnished with original mid-century design. It's primarily used as a venue for RMITs writers' residency programmes, but every once in a while a design magazine gets a look in too. McCraith House is something like a dream of the Victorian beach shack - a fantasy of simplicity, playfulness, sea, and surf made real.
Harper and Charlie make original retro prints celebrating the culture, architecture and design of Melbourne and Australia.
Inspired by art from the 1950s and 60s, Harper and Charlie use vintage print techniques to achieve their authentic feel. If you look closely you might be able to spot the careful details - slipped registration, slight colour-bleed, or light scuffs in the design - that give these beautiful prints their warmth and character.
All Harper and Charlie prints are designed and made right here in Melbourne using the highest quality commercial grade inks. All prints use premium grade Ilford 180gsm matt paper.
Large prints will be posted carefully rolled in a tube and protected with a layer of brown paper. A4 prints will be posted flat, sandwiched between Kraft board.
Material(s): Commercial grade pigment inks, ILFORD 180gsm matt paper.
Dimensions (cm): Small - 27 x 21 (A4), medium - 40 x 30 (A3), large - 80 x 60 (A1).
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