Perhaps it’s frustration with my old favourite TV show, The Block, which this season is so bad, I don’t even record it anymore. There’s nothing innovative; no plans afoot that make me so curious I have to see how it turns out … just bullshit and drama, and no product information beyond endless sponsor plugs.
I know ‘out there’ ideas that need to be seen. Decorating, interior design, is an art form, it’s a gigantic palette waiting for daubs of character and passion. Some people are Kandinsky, or Warhol, or Banksy, or Monet or Manet or whatever. Not everyone likes everything, but art causes a reaction. Has an impact. Wakes you up. Makes you think.
Extreme developers, which are mostly found in Melbourne it seems to me, are not afraid to venture into into the wild lands of being non-bland.
I use the spectacular 270A Punt Road South Yarra as an example.
Absolutely, boldly exuberant in every aspect – let’s just for the hell of it, check out the tiles. Check out something different. See what money, time and the heart of a gilt lion can give you.
And just when you think there are no tiles left in Melbourne … the indoor pool produces the Big Finish.
The whole property is wonderfully shocking. Unique. A statement. Video can be found here .
Three bedrooms, six levels and, as one does, an exterior video screen. C’mon. Wild.
Thinking outside the box, or indeed The Block.
This does however bring me back to Season 13 of said series, when the loveable larrikins Sticks and Wombat took some risks, and produced my favourite bathroom concept the series has ever produced.
If only history would repeat itself.
Prue Miller is a property journo with too many opinions.