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RMIt University, Building 100 154 Victoria Street Carlton VIC

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Both digital and material, the collections represent historical and contemporary practices which tell the story of Melbourne as a design city, and provide the resources and support for research into Melbourne’s designed environment, design professions and practices. Located within the Design Hub, RMIT Design Archives publishes RDA Journal, develops exhibitions and publishes catalogues, papers and books related to its collections.

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Toiles

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

A 10 piece set of calico pattern pieces for a dolman sleeved cocktail dress, unpicked after being sewn together and fitted. Notes along the hemline guide the maker in alterations that can be made, turning the cocktail dress into a full-length evening gown. With this toile, only one side of the garment has been made.

Magazines - Fast Forward, number 6, August 1981

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Cassette magazine in vinyl cover, Contents includes one magazine, one audio cassette, one crossword, one F.A.T.E entry form, one newsletter titled 'Pneumatic Drill',and one 'Cassette- It-Yourself' guide.

Advertising signs - Ajax Pumps

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Sign shows centrifugal pumps, close coupled centrifugal pumps and self-oiling piston pumps.

Historical information

Designed for Ajax Pumps

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed text bottom left on verso, Firestone embossed showcards PTY. LTD

Swatches

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Dyed yellow linen and cotton yarn attached to cardboard tag

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in blue ink, top centre; '1% Chlorantine/ Yellow 2GLL'; centre centre: '.03% Chlorantine/ Red 6BLL'; bottom centre: '.02% Chlorantine/ Blue 3GLL'

Design drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Drawings of a Kempthorne Well Glass Wall Bracket and Ceiling Lamp

Historical information

Joyce Coffey (nee Hiddlestone) was the first woman to receive recognition as a designer in a major Australian manufacturing business, Kempthorne Lighting, where she was the chief designer in the post war period. These design drawings by Joyce Coffey were for the Well Glass lamp series of lights that were designed for indoor and outdoor use. Joyce Coffey worked in partnership with Selwyn Coffey on the designs. In 1956 lights from this series won a bronze award in the Industrial Design section of the Arts Festival exhibition of the Melbourne Olympic Games.

Architectural drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Colour plan of Lum road estate. Includes layout of roads, gardens, buildings and flora.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed lower right on recto in black ink, 'Robin Boyd original / 12/6/86 F.R' ; Inscriber upper left on recto, grey pencil, '3400'.

Documents - Extracts from Report submitted in the competition

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

A letter detailing parts of Anatol Kagan's entry for the Sydney Opera House design competition.

Drawings - Drawing of Poiret while painting

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Historical information

Drawing is of early 20th century French fashion designer Paul Poiret (1879-1944), a master couturier working in Paris during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lower right recto, on image, grey pencil: "LOUIS / KAHAN / 26" Lower right corner recto, grey pencil: 'poiret, paintre'

Architectural drawings - Lyceum Club: Proposed new Clubrooms at Ridgeway Place: Stage one

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Historical information

As a Principal of Stephenson and Turner, Ellison Harvie?s 1959 design for the proposed new club rooms of the Lyceum Club, Melbourne has an elegance typical of late 1950s modernism. Harvie attended Swinburne Technical College and then, from 1925 to 1928, the Melbourne University Architectural Atelier where she excelled, becoming the first woman to receive a diploma of architectural design from that institution. Harvie was an advocate for the professional development of women in architecture and was a mentor to younger women. She was President of the Lyceum Club from 1963 to 1965. The Club had been established in 1912 for women graduates and those who had distinguished themselves in public service. The watercolour perspective is held in the archive of Berenice Harris, whose last major project was a renovation and extension to the Lyceum Club in the 1980s.

Drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Hand lettering Alphabet on board

Posters - Architecture as Idea: Constructions by 26 Melbourne Architects

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Exhibition poster

Historical information

Designed for RMIT Gallery

Books - National Art Gallery and Cultural Centre Project, Melbourne: Report on Site Conditions for Information of Piling Tenderers, Book No. 1

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Architectural drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Sketches for RMIT Building 8 extension, and Athan and Calnin Houses

Architectural drawings - Sketches of house titled 'House at Toorak for Mr. M Smith Esq.'

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Cards - Hallelujah

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Greeting card and envelope

Historical information

Designed for Dogget Paper

Photographs - ETA Factory 1961 mural by Eric Thake in managers office

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Black and white photograph of a mural by Erik Thake pictured in the managers office at the ETA Factory, Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed lower center, 'ETA FACTORY 1961/ MURAL BY ERIC THAKE/ IN MANAGER'S OFFICE'

Architectural drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Architectural perspective drawing featuring aerial view of the Chancery at the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

Design drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Sketches of designs for RMIT ceremonial mace

Historical information

The ceremonial Mace was commisioned by Professor David Beanland, Vice-Chancellor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed bottom right corner, 'IAN WONG / iw / 1992 '

Photographs

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Black and white photograph of 8 models from the US, laying on the floor of the Prestige Studios. Names of the various models have been drawn on the floor from the foreground to the background of the photo, with eagles and stars in between each name.Models pictured include Ruth Hancock, Carmen Dell'Orefice, and Margaret Edwards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: inscribed in grey pencil, centre centre: USA MODELS/ VISTING AUSTRALIA/ (Called at Prestige Studio).

Proposals - Concept A1: One piece, Top Controls

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Presentation featuring 'Billi' water dispenser design concepts

Photocopies - Landscape Architecture at the Edge: Conference of Landscape Architecture Students

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Handwritten timetable by Maggie Fooke and Jerry de Gryce. Fooke wrote the headlines and de Gryce the smaller print.

Swatches

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Dyed green linen and cotton yarn attached to cardboard tag

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in blue ink, top centre: '1% Chlorantine/ Yellow 2GLL'; centre centre: '.5% Chlorantine/ Blue 3GLL'; bottom centre: '.06% Chlorantine/ Red 6BLL'

Diazotypes - Analysis Sketch Plans of Proposed Residence in Cantala Ave Caulfield

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Drawings

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Illustration of Edmond & Corrian's Barber House, Carlton

Historical information

Drawing of Barber House, Carlton, designed by Edmond & Corrigan and built in 1980. The drawing was commissioned by Edmond and Corrigan. Image was published in Transition magazine, No.27/28 1989.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in black ink, bottom left: 'Robert Pearce'

Drawings - Australia

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Point paper design featuring map and flag. Corresponding clothing label attached

Magazines - Fast Forward: Our Sex Issue, number 11, May 1982

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Cassette magazine in vinyl cover. Contents includes one magazine, one audio cassette, one subscription pamphlet, and four postcards.

Record covers - The Pines of Rome - Respighi

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Drawings - Lepi

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Historical information

The name of this chair, Lepidoptera, refers to the insect species of moths and butterflies as LeAmon drew upon the anatomy of a butterfly to develop the concept of the chair?s structure, colour and pattern. Another key feature of the design was the use of textile remnants from automotive textile manufacturer Autofab,recalling LeAmon?s redeployment of leather offcuts from the manufacture of cricket balls to make her ?Bowling Arm? series of bangles.

Leaflets - Design In Everyday Things Clear Thinking Men Talking: Talks for Discussion Groups October - December 1937

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Textile pieces

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Textile piece featuring women and geometric pattern