The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

What’s different about my book is that it considers how the Sydney Opera House is brought to life. As the economics of publishing has pushed architecture books towards the profession, with the life, the “program” outside their scope, I describe performances and food culture that could only happen at the Opera House. The resident Australian … Continue reading The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

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Truly rare Reg Mombassa Fanzine

HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE & TRULY RARE REG MOMBASSA FANZINE. This very limited edition of my Sydney Opera House book (editionsballard.etsy.com) contains a whole section that will never be repeated, a unique appreciation of the art & music of Reg Mombassa intertwined. The next edition will be an altogether more ordinary thing. No concrete-seeming hard covers, no … Continue reading Truly rare Reg Mombassa Fanzine

Sydney Opera House book synopsis

Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings on the planet. A powerful magnet, luring visitors from around the world to its ridiculously beautiful harbourside setting to photograph themselves against the dramatically sculptural assembly of its upended, nestled white roof shells. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with its billowing titanium … Continue reading Sydney Opera House book synopsis

All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

“We’re building something here, detective. We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.” Lester Freamon. The Wire This abstract photo is of the spotlights set flush into the floor along the front windows of the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD. Going into the Apple Store yesterday was a valuable reminder of the value of … Continue reading All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

One Sunday Morning in a Chicago Loft with Wilco Merchandise

Installation featuring Wilco’s home office accessories. Wilco are the Henry Dreyfuss’s of Music Merchandise, designing practical things. Just as Dreyfuss designed telephones, vacuum cleaners, typewriters & thermostats, in the middle of the twentieth century, Wilco’s merchandise includes practical things, pencils, erasers, cutting boards, calendars and the personalised musical equipment of the band’s musicians with a … Continue reading One Sunday Morning in a Chicago Loft with Wilco Merchandise

The Conran’s Habitat of Music Merchandising

THE CONRAN’S HABITAT (CIRCA 1964) OF MUSIC MERCHANDISE RETAILING. When I move to my larger studio I plan to have installations of what I’m calling “merchandise for living” selecting pieces of merchandise and styling them with extra furniture and objects to make a fully immersive living space. Selected items will be on sale, and there … Continue reading The Conran’s Habitat of Music Merchandising

Creating Perfectly Perfect Books for Musicians

Whatever it takes to get it right. The most exhilarating and nerve wracking part of putting my Sydney Opera House book together is making the small changes required to make it perfect. It’s conceptually fixed. The writing is done, corrected, and the layout designed. The last part of the puzzle, next week, is to select … Continue reading Creating Perfectly Perfect Books for Musicians