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Powerhouse Publications

POWERHOUSE PUBLISHING is the print and digital publishing division of the Powerhouse with over 70 titles in the back catalogue. The future-focused publishing house spans industrial design and the decorative arts, science, technology, architecture, textile and fashion design as well as the culinary arts, First Nations design, music, transport, astronomy and popular culture. While many of our publications are adjuncts to exhibitions and projects, they are conceived, commissioned and produced as high-quality books with an appeal to a national and international readership.

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    In 1965, Carla Zampatti, AC OMRI (1938–2021), established the Sydney fashion house and brand that is still loved by generations of women. This publ...

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  • 2023 Australasian Sky Guide

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    The Australasian Sky Guide will tell you everything you need to know about the southern night sky. With month-by-month features and sky maps for vi...

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  • Eucalyptusdom

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    Eucalyptusdom reckons with Australia’s cultural history and ever-changing relationship with the gum tree. This publication expands upon a body of r...

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  • galang 01

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    The galang collective convenes regularly to discuss the role of museums and other cultural institutions in the past and present colonisation of Fir...

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  • Graphic Identities

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    Graphic Identities presents the work of eight designers practicing in Australia from the 1930s to 1980s whose stories when taken together tell a...

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  • Common Good

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    Common Good brings together socially engaged designers and research projects, highlighting collaborative opportunities for our regional design comm...

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  • Hybrid

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    Hybrid is a visually compelling, intelligently written compendium investigating hybridity in contemporary design. The publication showcases nine Hy...

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  • Interface: People, Machines, Design

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    Interface: People, Machines, Design explores how design has been applied to information technology products; about how a handful of companies made ...

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  • Step Into Paradise

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    The first definitive survey of two of Australia's best known designers, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, spanning more than four decades of their cre...

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  • Icons: From the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences Collection

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  • Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital

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    Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital is an exploration of art, craft, design and science in the light of ever-evolving technologies, processes an...

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  • Akira Isogawa: Unfolding a Life in Fashion

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    ‘As a designer I want to make things that are emotionally or spiritually connected to people.’ Akira Isogawa Akira Isogawa delves into the creative...

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  • Evidence: Brook Andrew

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    ‘Evidence brings to light objects that tell the story of resistance, social change, and the struggle for rights and liberties. Some of the objects ...

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  • Observer & Observed: A Pictorial History of Sydney Observatory and Observatory Hill

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    '...an eminence so lofty that a person looking from it can see the mighty City, and a portion of country round it, spread out before him like a lar...

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  • Success and Failure

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    Success and Failure delves into the Powerhouse Museum collection to find examples of research, design and development that have led to unconvention...

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  • Time and Memory

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    "Clocks count the hours, but we experience time like it’s a texture, sometimes thick, other times thin, sometimes folded, other times smooth and sy...

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  • The Story of Sydney Observatory

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    Explore the rich history of one of Australia’s oldest astronomical landmarks. Using archival images and objects from the MAAS collection, The Story...

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  • Locomotive No 1

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    Locomotive No 1 hauled the first train to run in NSW in 1855. The development of the railway network opened new areas and led to growth of towns an...

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  • Strasburg Clock

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    The Strasburg clock model is one of the Powerhouse's most popular objects. Built by clockmaker Richard Bartholomew Smith in Sydney between 1887 and...

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  • All Is Not Lost: The Collection Recovery Book

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    Reprinted due to popular demand with updated information and images. This sturdy, spiral bound flip-book is for museums, historical societies and a...

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  • Rust Never Sleeps: Care and Conservation of Farm Machinery

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    This publication developed by the MAAS Conservation Team is for anyone who cares for historic farm machinery, whether you work in a museum, communi...

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  • galang 02

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    The galang collective convenes regularly to discuss the role of museums and other cultural institutions in the past and present colonisation of Fir...

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  • galang 01 & 02

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    The galang collective convenes regularly to discuss the role of museums and other cultural institutions in the past and present colonisation of Fir...

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  • This is a Voice: 99 Exercises to Train Project and Harness the Power of Your Voice

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    Whether you're a member of a choir or a professional singer, preparing for a big presentation or planning a wedding speech, ‘This is a Voice’ will ...

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