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Design Matters: Lost in Palm Springs | SOLD OUT!

Wed March 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

$20.00 – $30.00

On a chance visit to Palm Springs, Dr Greer Honeywill was immediately drawn to the desert gardens and the elegant lines of the modernist houses from the post-war era. At once, she fell in love and was lost in the sheer immensity. It was then that she realised that being lost was the beginning of an idea. Connections between Palm Springs and Australia are remarkably strong, particularly when viewed through the lens of the current renaissance of interest in modernist architecture. Place and home, desert atmospheres, landscapes (real and imagined), and Bauhaus sensibilities inform Dr Honeywill’s writing and curation which focuses on the art of architecture and the architecture of art. 

Following a series of residencies in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Honeywill has authored the recently released book Lost in Palm Springs and has curated an exhibition with the same title, which features fourteen artists from America and Australia who explore the many intersections of art, architecture and life. The exhibition is currently showing at HOTA on the Gold Coast from 11 Mar – 21 May 2023.

Dr Honeywill’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by Peter Maddison.


Dr Greer Honeywill is an award winning, multidisciplinary artist, author and curator, whose practice encompasses installation, text, object making, textiles, photography, video and sound. Within her practice she explores the theatre of the domestic, the poetry of the ordinary and interconnectedness with architecture. In 2015 Honeywill undertook a research trip to Palm Springs, California to look at the mid-century modern architecture for which the desert city is famed.

Dr Greer Honeywill lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a PhD in Fine Art from Monash University (2003) for which she was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for academic excellence, and she holds a PhD in Art from the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania (2015). 

Peter Maddison is a multi award-winning architect and Director of Maddison Architects, a practice he started in 1989. In 2014 he was conferred the prestigious Degree of Doctor of Design by RMIT and in 2016 the National Presidents Prize by the RAIA for Australian Achievement in Architecture.

Peter has been the host of Grand Designs Australia (TV series) since 2009 and is the Editor-at-Large for the Grand Designs Australia Magazine.  His first book, “Grand Designs Australia: The Handbook” was released in 2013. Peter is committed to the profession’s development with guest lecturing, seminars and participated in committees. He is currently on the Honours Committee of the RAIA. 

On the night

– Wine and beer sold by the glass.
– Lost in Palm Springs book for sale and signings by the author available at the end of the presentation.
– Credit card sales only.
– If it’s your first time to the house, seek out our volunteer guides for a quick tour.

Ticketing Terms & Conditions

– Tickets refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event
Tickets may be transferred to another name, but we must be notified in advance of name changes.
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink should be brought into the house.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– If you experience Covid symptoms or test positive Covid prior to the event, contact us at information@robinboyd.com.au.

Image: Maison à l’Orange (1960), architect Clair Philip Earl. Photo: Courtesy of Dr Greer Honeywill. 


Wed March 22, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
$20.00 – $30.00
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Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia


Robin Boyd Foundation


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