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To furnish a future, Government House N.S.W. : furnishing project archive [archive] [Variant title:To furnish a future]
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Project proposals and commissions for both successful and unsuccessful designs for the 'To Furnish a Future' project initiated in 1999 by the Historic Houses Trust of N.S.W. to redecorate the State Rooms at Government House, N.S.W.
Proposals include designs for the carpet; sofas and armchair; soft furnishings; dining table centerpiece; candelabras and candlesticks; and coffee, occasional and high table designs.
Artists and designers whose work is contained in the archive : Carpet designs : Valerie Kirk, Linda Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Colin Lanceley; Sofa and armchair designs : Charles Wilson, Stefan Lie, Unknown artist; Soft furnishing designs : Liz Williamson, Cecelia Heffer, Jennifer Robertson; Designs for dining table centerpiece, candelabras and candlesticks by Mark Edgoose, Robert Foster, Johannes Kuhnen, Andrew Last & Chris Mullins, Helge Larsen & Darani Lewers; Table designs by Caroline Casey, Grant Vaughan, Nick Hill.
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[c.1999 - 2007]
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The archive consists of a total of 1 lever arch file, 9 boxes, 4 carpet rolls, and two wrapped unh
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archive
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Linda Jackson, 'Waratah Mountain' design for carpet
Jonathan Jones, design for carpet
Submission by Valerie Kirk for carpet design : The Crimson Carpet
Design for furniture suite by Charles Wilson
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'HHT's policy to recognise the ongoing use of the house as a 'working State House' rather than a historic house museum 'frozen in time', identified the need to re-establish Government House as a showcase for the best contemporary Australian art, craft
and design. This would continue a number of significant traditions established in the mid 1840s to use local materials and craftspeople, and the role that the building played in influencing innovative and creative interior design and art in Australia.

It is with this in mind that the 'To Furnish a Future' policy, of commissioning contemporary artists and designers to collaborate on the refurbishment of the State rooms, through diverse measures including acquisitions, commissions or temporary loans, has been adopted. Critically the policy also recognises the need to conserve and respect the heritage significance of the historic interiors and the collection at Government House and to ensure that all future furnishings and acquisitions respect this integrity.' by Ann Toy, Supervising curator of the project in InSites magazine Summer 2006, Issue 49 p.4-5.
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Lever arch file
Not for loan
The Mint
TFAF
9 boxes and 2 unboxed objects
Not for loan
Castle Hill
TFAF
4 carpet roll samples
Not for loan
Castle Hill
TFAF