assemblage book

Assemblage is a breathtaking survey of Australian design, architecture, artists and designers: seventy makers who have contributed to Australia’s most beautiful houses.

What’s it all about?

A house is not just a series of openings and closings but a curated collection of objects and belongings. From the architects who have built the spaces to the artisans and makers who have crafted the objects, here are twenty-four inspiring homes showcasing the rooms and people that make them exceptional.

Shannon McGrath, one of Australia’s best interiors photographers, opens her archive to reveal the details and layers that make up a room: from furniture and fittings, to lighting choices, colour palettes and art curation. Grand or small, each gesture speaks across generations, adding layers of detail that bring a house to life.

Written by Annie Reid, Assemblage is a true celebration of the beauty of design and curation, revealing that even the smallest of objects, and the way they are assembled, can make an extraordinary impact.

Who are we?

annie reid author

Annie Reid

Senior design journalist, writer and author, Annie Reid, has written for over twenty years on design, architecture, property and sustainability with bylines in many leading newspapers and magazines around the world.

“I explore life beyond the front door, not only of the people who live there but also of the bricks and mortar themselves. And of course, there are endless stories to tell and bring to the page.” – Annie Reid

Shannon McGrath photographer

Shannon McGrath

Shannon McGrath is an award-winning interiors and architecture photographer with twenty-five years’ experience, commissioned by pre-eminent architects and designers around Australia.

“This book is about layers of creativity; it is a celebration of wonderful designers.” – Shannon McGrath

Marcus Piper designer

Marcus Piper

Digital Craftsperson, Marcus Piper, has worked across architecture and design titles globally for over two decades picking up awards and recognition for his work at many points along the way.

“Speaking for all of us, we hope you feel inspired as you turn the pages, explore the spaces and put faces to the works.” – Marcus Piper

Who are we?

annie reid author

Annie Reid

Senior design journalist, writer and author, Annie Reid, has written for over twenty years on design, architecture, property and sustainability with bylines in many leading newspapers and magazines around the world.

“I explore life beyond the front door, not only of the people who live there but also of the bricks and mortar themselves. And of course, there are endless stories to tell and bring to the page.” – Annie Reid

Shannon McGrath photographer

Shannon McGrath

Shannon McGrath is an award-winning interiors and architecture photographer with twenty-five years’ experience, commissioned by pre-eminent architects and designers around Australia.

“This book is about layers of creativity; it is a celebration of wonderful designers.” – Shannon McGrath

Marcus Piper designer

Marcus Piper

Digital Craftsperson, Marcus Piper, has worked across architecture and design titles globally for over two decades picking up awards and recognition for his work at many points along the way.

“Speaking for all of us, we hope you feel inspired as you turn the pages, explore the spaces and put faces to the works.” – Marcus Piper

Assemblage the art of the room

What does assemblage mean?

Assemblage is an unusual art term to describe how different things are assembled.

It’s about the book as an object in its own right, and also about the collective efforts of the three authors who have come together to create something different, a new language of design.

We apply this to the world of interiors and explore how elements and objects from furniture, fittings, landscape and fashion come together to transform a room into a work of art.