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“How do designers know how to source the cool stuff?”

Secret Design Studio was recently assisting some of our Sydney clients through our Skype Design Review service and I suggested a company that they should check out for some living room furniture.  They had spent a fruitless weekend… Read More

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Heritage Victoria listed property for sale in Eltham designed by architect Kevin Borland 1951

Architect Kevin Borland’s house for the Rice family is now on the market. It is one of Melbourne’s more interesting experimental houses that was built with a very tight budget in Eltham. “The Rice House – designed by… Read More

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Farewell Modernist Australia – a tribute from Secret Design Studio

It is with a heavy heart that Secret Design Studio needs to comment on the retirement/sabbatical of one of our favourite blogs “Modernist Australia”. For those who don’t know “Modernist Australia”, is headed up by Patricia Callan &… Read More

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New Robin Boyd Foundation Open House Sunday 22nd May

From the Robin Boyd Foundation a new open house event Sunday 22nd May: “Following the success of last years Exemplary Apartments open day, this second open day of apartments looks at significant apartments of the early 1940s and… Read More

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Welcome to Secret Design Studio’s new mobile friendly website.

After 12 months of planning, writing, a big false start, reviews, and amendments Secret Design Studio is really happy to announce our new mobile-friendly website. A big thank you to Jaquie Baker, and her very patient account manager,… Read More

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Top tips from a top builder….

Posted: Tuesday, 8 November 2011 10:42 PM At least once a month Secret Design Studio reads tips in the press about how a customer should select a builder, often written as a space filler in the homes section… Read More

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Plastolux – keep it modern, new Acapulco chairs in Melbourne, love and madness.

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 12 February 2012 4:49 PM Secret design Studio does not know if anybody else has discovered the fun of Plastolux.com, whose catch-cry is “Keep it Modern”.  Probably best described as a visual blog, it… Read More

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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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