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  • 04/28/14--21:46: The umbrella of history
  • This week’s Design File is about the Citroen 2CV, the umbrella on wheels that Pierre Boulanger demanded.  I have a particular love […]

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    Life is full of surprises. In April 2013 an email was forwarded to me by Janne Ryan, the producer of […]

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  • 06/03/14--20:52: Almost French?
  •   I’m dripping in France at the moment. As I wrote several posts ago, I’m writing a novel set in […]

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  • 07/08/14--18:36: A grand tour
  •   It’s always difficult returning to Australia after being in Europe because I feel more European than Australian. I spent […]

    1203cbisset2013Dinner with Le Corbusier (in his favourite bistro, at any rate)exuberant ParisGarage HaussmannPingusson apartment building, Boulogne-BillancourtGuimard building, 16eVezelayLa Fete de la musiqueare the French uptight?1203cbisset2013Dinner with Le Corbusier (in his favourite bistro, at any rate)exuberant ParisGarage HaussmannPingusson apartment building, Boulogne-BillancourtGuimard building, 16eVezelayLa Fete de la musiqueare the French uptight?

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  • 07/13/14--23:35: Bastille Day
  • Well, any excuse to think French…Bastille Day at Opera Bastille, perhaps?  I’ll be celebrating with a sip or four of […]

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    I’m in the middle of writing a novel in the First Person. I haven’t written in the First Person before […]

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  • 07/27/14--17:30: Design overload?
  •   This is a reminder for all design aficionados and social historians that you can find all my spoken pieces […]

    668cbisset2013image-moka-espresso-pot-by-bialetti-kanaka-menehune-flickr-com-cc-by-ncImage: The Citroen DS manufactured from 1955 to 1976. (Elvin; Flickr.com/CC by-nc)Post-It notes (Image abc.net.au radio national)668cbisset2013image-moka-espresso-pot-by-bialetti-kanaka-menehune-flickr-com-cc-by-ncImage: The Citroen DS manufactured from 1955 to 1976. (Elvin; Flickr.com/CC by-nc)Post-It notes (Image abc.net.au radio national)

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  • 08/09/14--18:44: Look at me!
  • I know I’ve posted about doors before (see Abandon Hope) and how important I think they are. I am an […]

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  • 08/30/14--17:44: Taking the B out of Bland.
  • Bland buildings are horrible things. The world is full of them. They say ‘this’ll do’ rather than ‘this will make […]

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  • 10/01/14--19:16: A lesson at Villa Savoye
  • What makes a house great? I’ve been wondering about this a lot recently because I’m renovating my own house. I’ve […]

    666cbisset2013From the train to PoissyGardener's house, Villa SavoyeEntrance facadeentrance hall spiralEntrance ramp with basin just visibleupper floor spiralmain kitchenkitchen sinksitting room (with pesky sound installation)view from sitting room to  roof terraceroof terraceramp to upper terracebathroomluxurious curves in blue668666cbisset2013From the train to PoissyGardener's house, Villa SavoyeEntrance facadeentrance hall spiralEntrance ramp with basin just visibleupper floor spiralmain kitchenkitchen sinksitting room (with pesky sound installation)view from sitting room to roof terraceroof terraceramp to upper terracebathroomluxurious curves in blue668

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  • 11/13/14--16:39: Talking Japanese
  • When I was a boy in the 1960s, anything that said ‘Made in Japan’ meant cheap and nasty. We used […]

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  • 11/22/14--15:46: Very Inspiring Blogger Award
  • It was the end of rather a fractious day but then a lovely message popped into my Inbox: France Says […]

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  • 12/21/14--21:27: House whisperings
  • It’s the end of the year and I planned a quick post to wish my readers and fellow bloggers a […]

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  • 01/18/15--17:13: It’s my ABC
  • My first months of living in Australia in the mid 1990s felt like inhabiting some kind of parallel universe. Everything […]

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  • 02/04/15--17:18: Jean Badovici, mystery man
  • One of the surprising things about writing a novel set within the last hundred years is how difficult it can […]

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  • 02/23/15--17:05: The waiting game
  • There’s one aspect of writing that few people mention and that’s all the waiting. I don’t mean waiting for divine […]

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  • 04/14/15--20:21: China syndrome
  •   The joy of travel is all about new experiences and appreciating how others in our tiny world live. I’ve […]

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  • 04/25/15--19:34: Iconic Buildings update
  • You may not be aware that I am currently doing a series on iconic buildings for ABC Radio National’s Saturday […]

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  • 05/08/15--23:21: France, mon amour!
  • Visiting some countries just puts a spring in your step. I love seeing new places but there’s one country in […]

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  • 06/30/15--15:00: A radiant unity
  • Earlier this year I broadcast a piece on ABC Radio National about Le Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation (listen here). It’s a […]

    cbisset2013Surrounded by trees, set in parkland...the port of Marseillea calanquethe colourful, modulated facadecoloured glass embedded in concretea long, narrow bedroomwhisky crate stoolan interior 'street'daily exercise on the rooforiginal kitchencolourful apartment interiorRezeRezeRezestained glass in the entrance lobby, Marseillethe shopping streetmarzipan ModulorEurope 2015 871cbisset2013Surrounded by trees, set in parkland...the port of Marseillea calanquethe colourful, modulated facadecoloured glass embedded in concretea long, narrow bedroomwhisky crate stoolan interior 'street'daily exercise on the rooforiginal kitchencolourful apartment interiorRezeRezeRezestained glass in the entrance lobby, Marseillethe shopping streetmarzipan ModulorEurope 2015 871

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