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Assemblage: The art of the room

Thames & Hudson

Assemblage: The art of the room


A breathtaking survey of Australian interior design, architecture, artists and designers: 70 makers who have contributed to Australia’s most beautiful houses.

A house is not just a series of openings and closings but a curated collection of objects and belongings. From the architects who have built the spaces to the artisans and makers who have crafted the objects, here are twenty-four inspiring homes showcasing the rooms and people that make them exceptional.

Shannon McGrath, one of Australia’s best interiors photographers, opens her archive to reveal the details and layers that make up a room: from furniture and fittings, to lighting choices, colour palettes and art curation. Grand or small, each gesture speaks across generations, adding layers of detail that bring a house to life.

Written by Annie Reid, Assemblage is a true celebration of the beauty of design and intentional curation, revealing that even the smallest of objects, and the way they are assembled, can make an extraordinary impact.

About the author

Shannon McGrath is an award-winning Australian interior, architectural and fine art photographer based in Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years' experience and is commissioned by architects and designers all around Australia. Shannon won INDE Best Residential Photographer category 2023 and is on the committee for the Images Makers Association Australia. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and artistic series, books and numerous magazine publications including BelleVogue, House and GardenHouses, Indesign, est and The Local Project.

Annie Reid is a senior design journalist, writer and author. She has written for over twenty years on design, architecture, property and sustainability with bylines in many leading newspapers and magazines around the world.

Shannon McGrath, Annie Reid with Marcus Piper
Published August 2024
272 pages
243mm x 316 mm
ISBN 9781760763831

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