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Skippy’s Home Sweet Home

Photo by Brett Patman at Lost CollectiveA building block of our cultural psyche, the illusory Waratah Park and its super Modern headquarters which had been lying idle, slowly being reclaimed by Duffeys Forest forest, has caught a break this week. Otherwise...

Hospo Inspo

Every couple of years or so, amid endless residential offerings online we chance upon something more substantial, a specifically more commercial proposal than a domestic one in the form of a classic Mid-Century motel. The recognition and romance of the...

Iwanoff captured – an exhibition.

Perth Modernists this month is yours, for as well as being able to peruse a current Iwan Iwanoff residence on the market in Menora, accomplished architectural photographer Jack Lovel is holding a celluloid celebration of the man and his works, opening on...

The Flip n’ Fail

Every so often we allow ourselves the indulgence of savaging the current state of Mid-Century homes and the obsession of mass-class renovation within this 'flip' market. While sellers' aspirations may now be forced to move down a gear (who ever knows the...

A Boyd night out

Ever wanted to pop into Boyd's legendary home in Walsh St? Perhaps wanted to say hi to us? Well tomorrow night you can do both as we venture into the weeds of 'Midcentury Modernism in a Post Ironic World' - the third instalment of the Boyd Foundation's...

The art of Australian Modernist suburbia

With the rise of Mid-Century Modernist architecture in the wider cultural gaze of Australia and our recent past, it comes as no surprise to see a dovetailing ascent of such buildings as the subject in Australian fine art. The results show up in the...

A warm welcome to AGA!

You may have noticed a new image pop up on our site in recent days and it's with warm salutations we welcome Architects Group Australia aboard the good ship MA. This Melbourne based organisation is a collective of registered architects offering services...

Robin Boyd – A Centenary of Design

It would be very remiss of us to not remind you all about the entire year of celebratory events the Robin Boyd Foundation has locked and loaded in for 2019. In celebration and homage for Australian architecture's largest luminaries, in what would be his...

More runs on the board!

We'd like at this juncture to give a shout out to all those MCM home purchasers out there who spotted their new beloved on Modernist Australia and had the conviction, passion and (in some cases finance) to take it all the way. We love hearing your tales...

Canberra Modern is back!

The closest we get to Palm Spring Modernism Week, in terms of celebrating our own MCM heritage en masse with plenty of home tours, guest speakers and cocktail mixers to loosen our learned minds - Canberra Modern - is back! Starting next week (13th April -...

The Paganin House phoenix on ABC TV.

Everyone's favourite architect 'bout town, Stuart Harrison, walks onto the box tomorrow night in a triumphant return of ABC's Restoration Australia. Triumphant because he'll be profiling the remarkable rebuild of Iwan Iwanoff's masterpiece - Paganin House...

Another loss

Shattered we are this morning to see the report from Beaumaris, where one our absolute favourite, architect designed and immaculate houses we listed back in 2016 has been knocked over to make way for townhouses. See our original listing here.  To say...

Congrats to the lucky ones!

We always adore hearing the success stories, the validation of goals here at Modernist Australia and the relief of knowing a deserving listing has landed into loving hands. And often we are super jelly too, such in the case of the killer in Kanofski St, as...

Xmas Wishlist #1 : Beaumaris Modern book

The rise of Beaumaris Modern, the preservation/celebration community residing in primo bayside Melbourne, has been a heartening development in the recognition and fight to secure our Australian Mid-Century Modern legacy. In just a couple of years this...

Chancellor House II- under demolition.

We've just received the news from Keely (bittersweet thanks) that the magnificent Chancellor House II, yes David Chancellors own family home which he designed himself c.1957 and rebuilt again after a fire c.1970 (and which we listed last year) now has...

White Australia Policy

Australia, we have a white supremacy problem. We have witnessed with a keen eye the rise of home coveting (of which we can certainly take part blame) and 'improvement' to the point of fetishisation. We've seen the ascension of a privileged class of...

Lind House win and some losses

A quick post today to acknowledge the great win for MCM heritage in Melbourne by the adding of Anatol Kagan's Lind House to the Victorian Heritage Register. This was due to the City of Glen Eira not taking a previous Heritage Victoria recommendation to not...

Heroes and Villains

Our post the other day reporting the demolition of an Iwanoff designed home in Perth touched a nerve with those WA Modernist Australians who emphatically decry such vandalism. Fair play to you, we know its #notallperth. And let it be said that across this...

Iwanoff destroyed

We cast a wide net on MA with some listings clearly on a higher plain of architectural merit and build quality than others. One such home which we prized as being on this higher side and indeed on par, we think, with the early forays of Boyd and Seidler...

Big Night Out – Let’s Talk MCM Heritage Panel with MA!

Image: Buchanan House, by Wolfgang Sievers, Pictures Collection State Library of Victoria.   The Australian Heritage Festival, brought about by the National Trust in conjunction with interested organisations from across the entire continent is on the...

Design week @ The ICI Building

Weee! Melbourne Design Week is almost here and with it comes a brain singeing list of events, tours and talks - all ready to provoke and please the soul. We could spend hours combing over the joy catalogued in the daily calendar, from chats about...

Under the Tree

As the retail panic sets in, a few delicious tidbits for loved ones or maybe yourself (you've been very good this year right?) have fallen into our line of sight, well assured to delight the MCM nerd of any household. Take a look. First up, a brand new...

Vale Neil Clerehan 1922 – 2017

It is with wistful resignation we wish to pay our respects and recollect the awe for architect and Australian Modernist giant, Neil Clerehan who passed away late last week, 7 weeks shy of his 95th birthday. A man of wit, generosity of knowledge, a pioneer...

Canberra Modern – a capital MCM celebration

If you didn't already cop onto Canberra's status as possibly our best city to explore Mid-Century design, including such architectural icons as the Australian Academy of Science AKA The Shine Dome, as well as a clutch of impressive domestic and public...

An invitation for you – ‘The Fast Can’t Lose’

Your fix of MCM homes and all the browsing joy it entails would not exist without web mastermind - Peter Bakacs. It is his unending toil which ensures MA is always live, looking neat-o and that any IT snafus are fixed ASAP. But that's not all. Pete has...

Vermont Park Open Day

It's been a while since we checked in on the Boyd Foundation's bustling events calendar but this weekend is a particular ripper for those who revere progressive architecture but who, like us, are perpetually irked that civic planning and more highly...

Desecration nation – Melbourne edition

Sorry guys, after yesterdays St Ives discovery we wanted to let the whole negative trip rest but this morning it came like a kick to the shins once more. A text book case of the timeless elegance of Melbourne's most genteel suburb being ripped out and...

The Moderns is on till November!

We have been rather neglectful to not fully expand on the wonderful work of Sydney Living Museums and their celebration of Australian Modernism - time to remedy. 'The Moderns' is an exhibition and event series delving into Australian design and creativity;...

Keep on keepin’ on

It's always very gratifying to see a little press about our enduring struggle for the recognition of Mid-Century Modernist architecture in this country. Especially when simultaneously receiving bad tidings like the unholy demolition of Daryl Jackson's...

SIRIUS WIN!

A brilliant bombshell has hit the sphere of Australian Modernist preservation this afternoon. A megaton of court ruling which, when it landed and exploded, rained hope, celebration, encouragement and lifeforce to everyone across the nation fighting their own little...

Featherston find in the Deep North

A little tidbit from the social pages yesterday had our interest, so much so we'd thought we'd share. It began with a tale of lament on this wonderful Australian MCM furniture page (we'd highly recommend for any furniture queries you may have). One reader, Sylvia,...

Beaumaris Modern

'Thomas House', 27 Mariemont Avenue Beaumaris. Chancellor & Patrick Architects. 1960. Status; recently sold, very endangered. Image from Beaumaris Modern. The Melbourne bayside 'burb of Beaumaris has always has a small but intense collective of MCM soldiers to...

‘Lind House’ is this how it ends?

And so it seems that the 'Lind House', the wonderful, unmolested residence by Anatol Kagan which the previous owner tried so desperately to find a loving owner to buy, was purchased by developers instead. There was no heritage overlay, and none sought. These...

Ich bin ein McMansionheller!

If you are anything like us, you cry salty tears of mirth and recognition when perusing mcmansionhell.com. The way Kate Wagner offers architectural critique reaches far beyond the easy (and somewhat uninformed snobby) utterances of "It's just not cool" into the realm...

Bruce Rickard Kickstarter – 1 day to go!

Max Dupain, Swimming Pool, Rickard House I Cover image - Max Dupain, Exterior Perspective, Curry House II For those who came in late - we need to note immediately that the sensational Kickstarter project to have the archive of Sydney School, Modernist Australian...

Confetti and medals

When we listed a highly coveted, fully renovated residence in Hotham St Elsternwick, a few months back we just knew it would fall into some appreciative hands; "...its future as a abode for some cool cat, MCM diehards seems assured". Well, those cool cats in question...

It’s volley time!

Calling all Mod Sydneysiders, time to prove your dedication to our built heritage and get to rattle around our most iconic MCM residence at the same time; Sydney Living Museums have put out the call for volunteers to run guided tours of Rose Seidler House, sharing...

The Rumpus Room

Athleisurewear as once seen in rumpus rooms, patios and bars across the nation (The Sun newspaper, Sept. 29th 1983) Conjurer and ferryman to Australian suburbia of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Tim Ross has recently released a new book on the very subject and is now...

Three more triumphs!

Three seperate emails we've received in the last month, have filled our hearts with kind words and the good news that yet more homes, two in greater Hobart and one in the Blue Mountains, have fallen into the right hands. David and David (not related) have both swooped...

MA Holiday Rentals have arrived!

Attention - all you lovers of fine Modernist Mid-Century Australian architecture and goers on mini-breaks. Those of you who dream of sleeping under butterfly roofs, bathing in pink bathtubs, basking in the light and breathing in those timber ceilings of one-of-a-kind...

An quick note of yay!

A quick win and note of gratitude to the Modernist Australian (who'd like to keep it on the down low) for letting us know his good news; "I bought 36 Martin St Brighton (Melbourne) on the weekend and will definitely not be knocking it down." We suspected this beauty,...

Home improvement?

The time-machine quality of the internet, when perusing real estate listings, is an emotional rollercoaster. We can view changes to our environment good and bad in full colour and are then left to to digest such change. Sometimes that digestion gives us hope,...

Shag Exhibition in Melbourne and Sydney

Does anyone else so joyfully perpetuate the dreamscape of 1960s lounge Modern, of kitty-cats and cocktails, of pop-culture and poolside like Shag (Josh Agle)? Many of you are well versed in the brilliant colours, celebrity cameos and MCM buildings which populate the...

Featherston Book – let it happen!

Big news people: the very first book to extensively delve into the iconic Australian design team (and national treasures) Grant and Mary Featherston is finally in the works. First the bad news - no publisher wants to fully back it's publication (can you believe that?)...

Before & After (trigger warning)

We are in the midst of a big 'ol clean up here, migrating a bunch of listings from years gone by and taking in these beauties one more time (Look out for an improved site coming soon). In the process we need to check addresses and sometimes we just wish we hadn't. For...

Making inroads

We have been extremely heartened by communication with several new homeowners over the past few months, letting us know that properties they saw first on the market  via MA are now in their safe hands. How great to start the year with glad tidings. It means so much to...

Heritage victory #2, The Thurlow House saga concludes

A month overdue, but still some great news, Harry Seidler's Thurlow House, a home transfer which caused a minor snafu in Modernist and heritage circles last year has with co-operation from the new owners and the Heritage Council of NSW, achieved state heritage...

Compulsory viewing from Aunty

It's finally here, after over a year of waiting and working ourselves into a pitched fever tomorrow, the 8 of November, brings to a head the culmination of so much hard work and lays bare a full dissemination of all that is good and evil in this world. We are speaking...

Heritage victory # 1

Time to relay some good, nay brilliant, news stories which have been floating around the traps in the past month or so. First up, a suburban Melbourne listing we posted early last year, with a depressing resignation that it was not long for the world. Well, it is...

Sirius, MA sends a letter

So when the going gets desperate, we write on Medium to an international millionaire hotelier. Whatever it takes people. Help us Andre Balazs, you (may be) our only hope.

Sirius – unleash the ratbags!

We sit here at MA headquarters, 1000 kms away from the Sirius Building, ruminating on what is to be done. We applaud the ongoing and thankless yakka the SOS team, especially Shaun Carter, are ramping up. They started this. They work the legal angle and take on the...

Sirius Vs Avarice, Sydney of the damned.

The Heslop Government of NSW has spoken or maybe that pie-faced billionaire or pick another faceless consortium in yet another forgettable tax-haven, can anyone tell the difference anyway? The Rocks may have been saved once before, but today's tradies now demolish to...

Hiatus over

Seems we just can't keep away. After such an outpouring of love and appreciation when we announced MA was ceasing in its present form, we were quite taken aback by the sheer number of Modernist Australians out there, honestly, we had no idea. Over the last couple of...

Doors closing, windows opening.

Good morning Modernist Australians, being at a crossroads in the future of MA we have done a little thinking and have decided to take a break from the whole shebang for the foreseeable future. (Don't worry there are no lives or minds in danger, more a desire to not be...

A Brutal love-in

Unfortunately using our limited time keeping regular with real estate listings, gives us no chance to revel in our other true Modernist loves, and this is a big one; big and hard - Brutalism. A love that, until recently, dare not speak its name is slowly stepping out...

Neil Clerehan, superstar.

Earlier this month the Heritage Victorian saw fit to (finally) add a notable work from a living legend to their heritage list ('Concrete brick '60s townhouse wins heritage protection'). Neil Clerehan's 1967 South Yarra townhouse in Domain Rd, already an award winner...

Monocle on Seidler

Those eternal coolsies over at Monocle have latched onto one of the jewels of domestic Mid Century Modernism in Australia, the Seidler family home (1966) in Killara. Who can ever get enough of this place? If you, like us, cannot then sit back for a dreamy 6 minutes...

For the taking – a triangle segment of architectural history

For those who seek out the more unusual real estate offerings which surface in print and online media, something very striking has recently captured our imagination; A classic Mid-Century Modern public building of concrete block and steel frame in an incredibly...

Australian House and Garden to revive the Post-War house plan?

The eternal MCM lament - we had it and we blew it. What galvanises us? The brilliantly conceived, the simple, the elegant, the flexible, affordable and the sustainable. What unites us in despair? That the final decades of the last century saw so much of this design;...

Vale Neil Everist (1929 – 2016)

It was with wistful resignation we recently read through Simon Reeve's all encompassing round-up of notables and influencers of Australian Mid-Century Architecture who left us in 2015*. Though only 1 week in to 2016, we now note the loss of one more, an Australian...

….and you lose some

We'd like to thank and commiserate with Australian Modernist Martin who let us know of what we all just lost. Guilford Bell's superb riverside villa on St Georges Rd, Toorak, complete with large Edna Walling garden taking up the glorious northern...

Footpath Guides

Do you love meandering the Melbourne streets, admiring the local (or not) architecture? Would you like a lil' written history to go with it, but preferably not the form which promotes staring at a screen over soaking up the view? Do you love...

MA on 774

A few months back we were honoured to be invited for a brief chat about Mid Century Modernist architecture on the 'Afternoons' programme at 774 ABC Melbourne. Along side us was the indomitable Simon Reeves of Built Heritage - the all...

Win! (x2)

We received a couple of Mornington Peninsula updates this week from two very lucky families. Each have purchased homes listed with us! Samone her husband (and twins) have snapped up the sweet and neat Parkdale gem in Ilma Court, after seeing it here no less! They are...

The Thurlow intrigue continues…

We kicked off the year with the discovery of a gumtree post, a piece of uncommon real estate being flogged on a very common trading site which set Mid-Century aficionados across the country just a little crazy. Who sells such legacy architecture that way? Who owns it?...

It’s all about us!

We’ve been approached several times by the media over the years, and of course we’ll be anywhere for the Modernist Australia cause, but we must say we’re extra chuffed with the two page exposé in The Age’s Domain today. We suggest you grab a copy and see our most...

Man About the Penthouse

This month sees the busy Tim Ross continue his in-person series combining his two vocations - comedy and Modernist architecture, this time in the penthouse baby! The Man About the House circuit has delivered Rosso's comic conversation (backed by ex-rocket scientist...

Mr Seidler goes to Harvard

From the Harvard Graduate School of Design comes a lecture given there by Harry Seidler in 1994. A little seen gem on the tubes. If you have a free hour, take in this excellent overview of the buildings, construction objectives and creative insights of the man himself...

Oz reppin’ at Palm Springs Modernism Week 2015

It’s here again, that time of year when all Modernist tragics want to be nowhere but Palm Springs, California. The 10th annual Modernism Week is kicking off on the 12th of February with a howl inducing array of events, which seem to get bigger and better with each...

Local Modernists go to the mattresses.

DIY activism has seen a resurgence with the advent of a baying social media audience and it's no more visible locally than in the hostile plains of real estate and land development. Recently MA spotted this instance, where a passionate citizen of Melbourne bayside Mod...

Please be seated.

As part of Penrith Regional Gallery's annual exploration of Modernism and in honour of it's foundation in MCM ethos via the bequest of artists Gerald and Margo Lewers, we all have the pleasure of accessing the most comprehensive survey and display of MCM seating...

A new year, a new MA – welcome aboard!

As we pull ourselves out of the holiday jag, don't think that we've been spending it all languorously flipping through Mid-Century mags beside a kidney-shaped pool, no! We have been hard at work putting together a brand new site with new features and scope for...

Iconic Thurlow House by Harry Seidler for sale on Gumtree!

Intrigue (but now updated with extra info) A 1952, notable Seidler House has popped up on Gumtree. Using the flawless, original photos (confirmed by the owner as the work of Max Dupain) to show off the breathtakingly progressive attributes of this amazing residence we...

Designer Suburbs reprinted – huzzah!

It came in 2012 like a thief in the night - A simple, concise yet visually elegant book detailing the advent of Australian Modernism and just as quickly it sold out before many knew it's existence, but hark! Just in time for Christmas, a reprinted edition of Designer...

Anatol Kagan – new bio out now!

Just released is the long-awaited book on one of the more under-rated of Australian architects – Anatol Kagan. See more about this publication (and where to buy it) in today’s listing – funnily enough a magnificent and original home designed by Kagan himself in...

Anatol Kagan – new bio out now!

Just released is the long-awaited book on one of the more under-rated of Australian architects - Anatol Kagan. See more about this publication (and where to buy it) in today's listing - funnily enough a magnificent and original home designed by Kagan himself in...

Local concerns – Fighting to save the Ivanhoe Library

As one battle to save an historical Modernist home is won, we turn our eyes to the many other tussles continuing to play out around the country. MA has received a heads-up about the fight by concerned locals to save the Ivanhoe Library. Designed by local Melbourne...

Exhibition catch up

We apologise for our lax updates of recent months and to our discredit it means so many sensational exhibitions and projects centred on all thing Australian MCM have not been championed by us as they should be. Let the rectification process begin......