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More mid century modern paint cards

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 11 September 2011 1:24 PM In my previous post I said “As part of my research (and love) of mid-century modern architecture I have managed to collect quite a few paint cards from the… Read More

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Mid-century modern paint colour cards

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 4 September 2011 6:23 PM As part of my research (and love) of mid-century modern architecture I have managed to collect quite a few paint cards from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  I have used… Read More

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McCall’s Book of Modern Houses – 1951 mid-century modernism

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:13 PM I recently stumbled across a wonderful book which was published in 1951, by Simon and Shuster called McCall’s Book of Modern Houses. This book contains a collection of wonderful… Read More

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Good bones in a Modernist enclave

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 13 November 2011 12:19 AM When an architect talks about a house with “good bones” then this home is an example of what they are talking about.  Unfortunately Secret Design Studio does not have… Read More

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Eero Saarinen 1957 Miller House

Alistair: Posted on Friday, 21 October 2011 10:59 AM For many people, including myself the name of Eero Saarinen, will always be associated with his timeless classic the “Tulip Chair” (see above). However, at the same time that… Read More

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Before and After – mid-century modern external paint colours

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 4 September 2011 5:27 PM The Saturday Age newspaper recently published an article in the Domain real estate section to talk about the trend in exterior colour schemes for residential housing in Melbourne, for… Read More

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A brief introduction to Mid-Century Modern Architecture – Australian residential

Alistair: Posted on Monday, 7 March 2011 11:14 PM Unfortunately, architectural styles and periods never have a neat start date, and finish date, as Architecture is always evolving.  One of my favorite periods of residential architecture is now… Read More

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Which orange for a Mid-Century Modern front door in Beaumaris?

Alistair at Secret Design Studio: Posted on Wednesday, 8 August 2012 3:09 PM This is a typical query Secret Design Studio gets on a daily basis, and I thought I would post it, and my response: “Hi Alistair, Thanks… Read More

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What does Secret Design Studio actually do? Four Houses in forty-eight hours

Alistair at Secret Design Studio: Posted on Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:26 AM With Secret Design Studio’s passion for all things Mid-Century Modern, some new clients ask exactly what Secret Design Studio does, as we certainly don’t fit neatly… Read More

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Welcome back Pettit and Sevitt – revisited for a sympathetic addition, Eichler Homes, and Don’s Party

Alistair: Posted on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 1:45 PM Secret Design Studio is just finishing a sympathetic addition to a home in a bushland setting that has all of the hallmarks of one of the many Pettit and Sevitt homes… Read More

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Toorak and our love/hate relationship

Posted: Saturday, 26 November 2011 10:52 AM Despite what the good people of Brighton and their real estate agents may tell you, Toorak remains Melbourne’s premier suburb.  If one has a Toorak address then one has made it in… Read More

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Sshh! Secret Design Studio’s first Mid Century Modern Real Estate listing and de-apricotting the eighties

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 3 May 2012 11:39 PM (Pic 1 above – This is a great image from McCall’s Book of Modern Houses http://pinterest.com/secretdesign/mccall-s-book-of-modern-houses/ and is very similar to the rear terrace of this house which is about to hit the… Read More

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Seeking mid-century modern at DesignEX 2012 Part 1

Alistair: Posted on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 1:30 AM Seeking mid-century modern at DesignEX 2012 Part 1: http://www.designex.info/ DesignEX is the big trade show for grown-ups in the architecture and interior design field.  Secret Design Studio has learnt to be… Read More

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Secret Design Studio’s grand tour of Rose Seidler House with an architect’s eye

Alistair: Posted on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 1:02 AM Thanks to Marcus Lloyd-Jones of Australia’s “Modern House: The architect-designed estate agency” (www.modernhouse.co), Secret Design Studio will be attending the opening night of Harry Seidler’s grand tour: travelling the world with… Read More

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Robin Boyd Foundation and Peter McIntyre: Optimistic Experimental Open Day

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 19 April 2012 9:56 PM Secret Design Studio has always loved Peter McIntyre’s architecture, especially his work from the 1950’s.  The Robin Boyd Foundation has recognized his contribution to Melbourne’s architecture  in a “celebration of… Read More

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Rescuing a Desert City Mid-Century Modern Flipper

Alistair: Posted on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 1:24 AM Secret Design Studio has been neglecting this blog for too long, yet we still get great feedback from lots of people about the content, some of which is quite old. … Read More

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Renovating and extending a Pettit and Sevitt home.

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 17 January 2013 2:12 AM It has been a while since Secret Design Studio has posted anything on this blog, so my apologies.  In my last posting I wrote about moving to the new office… Read More

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Renovate? Detonate? Significance and the Burra Charter in mid century modern homes

Alistair: Posted on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 1:51 AM (Pic 1 above – an original pink bathroom from 1953, so rare that there is even a website and movement in America called “Save the Pink Bathroom!”) Secret Design Studio… Read More

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Piet Mondrian and the Mid-Century Modern screen door?

Alistair at Secret Design Studio: Posted on Thursday, 9 August 2012 6:01 PM Another query about Mid Century Modern front doors, in response to my earlier posting to answer M of Beaumaris about the colour orange and her front… Read More

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Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs versus Parque Humano’s AA House in Mexico City

Alistair: Posted on Saturday, 5 November 2011 11:05 PM Secret Design Studio recently blogged about the risk of demolition of Richard Neutra’s Kronish House in Beverley Hills, and  thought it would be interesting to compare another one of Richard… Read More

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