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Purity of design

Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2018 by midcenturyjo

Copenhagen-based Norwegian architect Danielle Siggerud ‘s aesthetic is minimalist and contained with a sense of luxury in her materials like the marble that features prominently in her work. This townhouse in the water-bound neighbourhood of Holmen in Copenhagen sits within the historic grounds of the Royal Naval Base and Dockyards. The home is elegant in its restraint with a limited colour palette and a play between rough and smooth, old and new, pure and sensual.

A modern Hamptons barn

Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018 by midcenturyjo

I don’t know about your part of the world but here in Australia “Hamptons” can be a dirty word. There is a group of people who will paint any piece of old furniture white, toss in a mix of coastal influences and load the look down with disparate blue and white china and throw cushions. Rugs will be striped, pineapples and parrots may or may not appear (an Australian touch perhaps?) and the only deviation from the universal blue and white palette is the occasional soft grey (usually painted over old kitchen cupboards). Then there are those who despise this faux Hamptonization of the local vernacular architecture. They believe the Hamptons look looks best in, well, the Hamptons … where meanwhile there is a change afoot. This modern barn home (yes actually on Long Island) by Michael Del Piero breaks the stereotypes. No clichéd blue and white, no beachy-keen tchotchkes or striped cotton rugs. Instead there is a wonderfully airy and bright home, richly textured, approachable and sophisticated, simple yet beautiful and as for the outside space … the perfect spot to spend your summer. A new Hamptons look I wouldn’t mind being adopted in other parts.



Urban oasis

Posted on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 by midcenturyjo


“This residential project is designed to encourage communal use of the family home & garden, cultivating family togetherness. Sliding doors connect spaces, shutters transform traditional interior spaces into classic sunrooms, and nature is used as a guiding element throughout. The site’s western aspect determined the inclusion of windows to span the complete eastern & northern sides of the lower and upper levels to maximise natural light throughout the home. Horizontal shutters provide privacy and the element comfort during in the warmer months.”

We strive for seamless indoor/outdoor living here in Australia. The idea of the garden being yet another room of the house or of expanding the confines of a room out through windows and doors into the cool green beyond is almost aspirational, definitely inspirational. If only we all had an urban oasis just like the Derby House by Sydney-based Akin Atelier … and the climate to make it worthwhile.


Posted on Sun, 9 Sep 2018 by KiM

I dream of living in a home with a black exterior. This one in Summit Park, Utah by Park City Design + Build would certainly be a dream to own. Nestled among pine trees it blends into the landscape with the help of its cedar-clad exterior. It is currently for sale via cityhomeCOLLECTIVEThe TreeHaus is a site driven, highly responsive design + build project.  Reacting to the steeply wooded site, the house is arranged in a series of cubic geometries that imbed themselves into the thermal comfort of the hillside, coupling the stepped retaining walls as external boundaries.  Socially, the spaces are arranged so that the primary public living areas are vertically sandwiched between to levels of private spaces, utilizing the stepped rhythm of the form as deck and patio space to create an open indoor outdoor experience.   

A calm city retreat in Auckland

Posted on Mon, 3 Sep 2018 by midcenturyjo

Beautifully tailored with some stunning material choices and clever storage, this monochromatic Auckland apartment is rich in details. The stone kitchen counter top is so stunning I just want to run my hands all over it and the brass Art Deco inspired brass screen … swoon. The surprise is the rich terracotta tones of the master bedroom. Hereford Apartment by New Zealand interior design studio Hare.