Role: To Plan, Develop and construct Canberra as Australia's National Capital. Over the next 31 years the Commission implemented this.
The design and construction of major institutions in the Parliamentary Triangle - the National Library, High Court of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the National Science and Technology Centre went some way towards realising Griffin's vision for the capital.
Vlad Mosmondor worked with Tony Powel, Commissioner (1974-1985)of NCDC in Canberra. Vlad’s iconic logo of NCDC was submitted in a competition, where his logo was chosen. The news was published in the Canberra Times and broadcasted on the news in the 1970’s. In the many examples you will see Vlads designs on Annual reports, and his architectural drawings of many Canberra institutions, before they were developed.
Many years later he found his logo NCDC was ripped off on a packaging bag from Kuala Lumpur.
The NCDC identified four principal tasks in its first annual report. These were to complete the establishment of Canberra as the seat of government, to further its development as the administrative centre by providing facilities to permit further transfer of public servants from Melbourne, to give Canberra an atmosphere and individuality worthy of the National Capital, and to further the growth of the city as a place in which to live in comfort and dignity.
Commonsense, socially responsible, and universal design principles is what author Harry Sprtiz’s book ‘House Adaptation’ is all about.
Harry Sprintz OAM ED LFDIA FRAIA MA (London Guildhall Univ), Architect and disability access consultant’s informative book called ‘House Adaption’ is a great read. I do recommend this book!
It’s a guideline to help people stay longer in their homes. My dad vouched for him to receive his OAM, he was recognised for service to architecture, particularly in the field of disability access.
Harry was a great Architect, a close family friend and a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Harry Sprintz’s message is one of commonsense, socially responsible, and universal design principles. Harry sadly passed away June 22nd in Tasmania 2021.
Harry’s podcast on ABC radios Conversation’s link is below.
An Eroclani Original
I love chairs and its really hard fining a nice comfortable chair to just relax at home. Well I did and it’s a Lucian Ercolani (1888-1976) for Ercol Furniture, High Wycombe, England. This chair was c1960’s. It’s a great chair, low and a relaxed back perfect for short person like myself.
Looking at Eroclani designs they are very simple and timeless.
Lucian R Ercolani, or the "Old Man" as he is affectionately known in the company, founded ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian's family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture - a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and we still have it to this day.
The Old Man designed the company's products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched in its original guise, whilst a few years ago we reintroduced some of Lucian's classic designs, which now form the ercol Originals.
More info here https://www.ercol.com/en-au/living/originals/
Logo Fact Friday – The Dome
Today we look at one of Canberra’s iconic buildings The Dome. Recently in February this year the building had some TLC work. Read more here.
Vlad Mosmondor designed the corporate identity and branding for the ‘The Academy of Science’ in 1974. It still stands the test of time, being one of the Canberra’s well known and recognised logos.
Read more about the Academy’s history here.