Dalkeith House | Perth | 2013

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Ruth Allen

I had the pleasure of working closely with Katherine Ashe from VittoniAshe to create two chandeliers and numerous pendant lights for the historic building, Dalkeith House. Katherine sourced vintage bottles in Perth and then sent them to my Melbourne studio for us to blow and transform into pendants. The aged bottles behaved beautifully through the hot process making evident their high lead content and quality of manufacture. Katherine has received praised attention for her work and encapsulates the project in the below description.

“A strategic unification for a heritage building in Fremantle that began its life in 1897 as a private residence and most recently was used as a Buddhist meditation centre. A controlled intervention saw its refurbishment to accommodate archae-aus, an archaeological consultancy. Memory formed part of the approach and the remnants of former occupants have been carefully edited and highlighted. Architects vittinoAshe designed the majority of the furniture, sourced vintage bottles and collaborated with glass sculptor ‘ruth allen’ to produce lighting, used photographs from work trips to the Pilbara by archae-aus staff and collected new and antique furniture to create an eclectic and evocative workspace”

Photo credit: Robert Frith, Acorn Photos

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