Green with envy

Posted on Mon, 10 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

“Inspiration came in the form of an interest in cultures, colour and family. Meticulous briefing resulted with the design concept perfectly matched to the client’s affinity with Asian culture and their bright, positive personality.”

Fun, fresh and family friendly, a modern home with a historic footprint. I’m green with envy. Glen Iris House ll by Melbourne-based Sisällä Interior Design.

Photography by Tess Kelly

An industrial art studio in Berlin

Posted on Mon, 10 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

Inside an old Berlin factory interior architect and artist Ewelina Makosa and designer Jan Garncarek have  created a light filled art studio. “Life moves at a much slower pace here, compared to the city center of Berlin. The lack of trendy cafes and restaurants provides ideal conditions for genuine contemplation and focus. In addition, the local lake is a great summer destination.” The building had remained unnoticed until an Irish carpenter leased and renovated the property, sectioning the available space into several artistic workshops. The duo managed to save the original walls and flooring from being “renovated”. The interior, designed by Ewelina, celebrates the vertical space, over 5 meters tall.

The Tatra sofa was mass produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s but many of the pieces were designed by Jan himself. The glass top desk and a brass and marble coffee table are prototypes but others such as the two Hasta lamps (imitating fencing foils belonging to Jan’s grandfather),  U2  lamps and  Metropoli  Argand lamps suspended over the table are already in production and can be found at Jan Garncarek Design. “The place is like a haven to us. It lets us quieten down and focus, simultaneously providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration” says Ewelina. The light that streams through the loft windows makes the space perfect for creating the artist’s large scale works exploring memory and the remnants of the past … just like the studio itself.



Last photo by Aleksandra Laska

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 8 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say time and time again. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. I somehow think, however, that if I worked here my boss would be dragging me out at the end of the day. I would never want to leave. The COUTUME{STUDIO} showroom by who else but COUTUME{STUDIO}.


Black and white elegance in Madrid

Posted on Thu, 6 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

Elegant and welcoming with a strict neutral palette. Design classics mixed with cultural references. Modern yet classic. Pinch me because I think I’m dreaming. Where are we? El Duque in Madrid’s Conde Orgaz area by interior design duo Espejo & Goyanes.

Photography by Montse Garriga

Trad with a twist

Posted on Thu, 6 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

“Our distinctive gardens focus on living sculptural features: the contrasting texture and foliage of varying plant combinations set within a structural footprint, to create a balance between architecture and nature.”

Just the way I like it. Trad with a twist. That place where the fantasy pushes the staid boundaries of tradition just a little, where classical meets quirky. Dive into the portfolio of Melbourne-based Jane Jones Landscapes and let your imagination wander.