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Mid Century Modern Death Trap (also known as the “Marriage Breaker”)

Alistair: Posted on Friday, 11 May 2012 12:58 AM It is always exciting to receive a call from a fan of mid century modern architecture, especially if we haven’t spoken before, and they are just purchasing a new property…. Read More

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Mad about Melbourne’s mid-century homes

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 1 December 2013 10:25 AM It has been a long time between our blog posts, so this is a little bit of a shout-out that we are still very busy around the Melbourne suburbs helping… Read More

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John Lautner’s Chemosphere House “the most modern home built in the world” and site costs.

Alistair: Posted on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:40 AM Secret Design Studio has some new clients who have purchased a beautiful block of land in one of the most attractive towns in rural Victoria.  The block is well located,… Read More

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How long does it take to demolish a mid-century modern home?

Alistair at Secret Design Studio: Posted on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 2:36 PM So how long does it take to demolish a mid-century modern home? My story starts back in the 1960’s when the hilly land in my area… Read More

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Heading towards “The Block” auction – how well do those reality show renovations really work?

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 21 June 2012 1:48 AM So what makes for a good renovation of a period home?  And can an unrenovated property ever be worth more than a renovated one? Secret Design Studio has just stumbled… Read More

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Grand Designs Australia 60’s style Brighton House benchmarked against the 10 forgotten lessons of mid century modern design

Alistair: Posted on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 5:52 PM Many of Secret Design Studio’s clients mentioned about the upcoming episode of Grand Designs Australia 1960’s style home that was being built in Brighton, so we looked forward to viewing… Read More

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Getting the dreaded “Help my new house has flooded” phone call…

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 7 June 2012 2:03 PM Ms M has learnt the hard way that the value of good design has nothing to do with getting some cheap plans drawn up. The drought has broken.  Melbourne has… Read More

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Frank Lloyd Wright murder movie “Taliesin” with Brad Pitt speculation?

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 18 December 2011 11:54 PM Secret Design Studio is quietly pleased that Hollywood is looking towards Australian director, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant, Mao’s Last Dancer) to develop and direct a movie surrounding… Read More

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Does heritage increase real estate value? Results of the Fooks House auction…

Alistair: Posted on Monday, 27 May 2013 1:01 AM Secret Design Studio attended the auction of Dr Ernest Fooks’ house at 32 Howitt Road, North Caulfield this afternoon which was sold after some spirited bidding for a bit over… Read More

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Does Heritage for local government end before the 20th Century?

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 5 February 2012 10:56 PM A small, but architecturally significant building of the mid-twentieth century risks demolition by the same council who erected it to celebrate the 50 anniversary of their own council. The Hornsby’s… Read More

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Building a mid-century modern style home for $200K? Part 2

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 27 January 2013 11:49 PM Why can’t I build a mid-century modern style home for $200,000? Part 2 My previous blog posting was in response to A&C from South Australia.  In this posting I will… Read More

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Blog comments turned off due to spam-bots

Alistair: Posted on Sunday, 19 May 2013 11:04 PM Unfortunately Secret Design Studio has had to make the difficult decision to turn the comments section of this blog off.  This means that you will no longer be able to… Read More

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Atomic Ranch, choosing your weapons carefully and window snobbery.

Alistair: Posted on Saturday, 12 May 2012 1:51 PM Not all Secret Design Studio’s engagements go as smoothly as planned, but we always aim to get a good result at the end of the day. As for any small… Read More

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A “little gem” of a home for a disabled person.

Alistair: Posted on Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:31 PM Secret Design Studio discovered a beautiful little home for sale that was designed and built in the early 1950’s for a paraplegic client and his wife, that would surely have… Read More

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A mid-century modern Christmas…brinca dada dolls house, lego architecture or Mad Men “Jet Set” House?

Alistair: Posted on Monday, 19 December 2011 11:56 PM As the Christmas season rushes towards us, Secret Design Studio thought we might provide a few gift ideas that would suit both big and little mid-century modernists, or perhaps anybody… Read More

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25 house loads of vintage stock – Melbourne’s best kept vintage secret…

What is Melbourne’s best kept vintage secret? Alistair: Posted on Monday, 24 June 2013 11:54 PM Pic above – One of Secret Design Studio’s favourite stall holders “Global Retro” has some fantastic lamps. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Retro/150336775007535 It has always puzzled Secret Design… Read More

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Rescuing a Desert City Mid-Century Modern Flipper

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.

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Roy Grounds’ Shine Dome – a forgotten 1950’s monument.

Alistair at Secret Design Studio: Posted on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:19 AM Secret Design Studio recently had a day in Canberra, and decided to have a look at the some of the buildings that are lesser known, and… Read More

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