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Iwanoff Sell-off

It’s the modernist dream house nonpareil. Where my love of cocktails, midcentury mod, architecture & swimming pool swanning meet in complete accord. The Paganin House on the Boulevarde, Floreat, is up for Auction – one of the stand-out examples of Iwan Iwanoff’s work. Also for sale, the Iwanoff Dianella House (Shannon Rd), a later construction, with […]

Featherston Dining Chair

Featherston Makeover

A daunting project for any upholsterer, but John (of Modern & Antique Furniture Upholstery) rose to the challenge of restoring a mass of chewed-over, shredded fibres back to a fantastic Featherston Dining Chair (the 1953 A310H, to be exact).

Raymond Jones Mcmillan house

More on Mr Jones

So architecture expeditions have led us around the suburbs lately, armed as we are with the catalogue of Raymond Jones’ built residences (read post about his recent exhibition here). We located 4 out of 4 in Dalkeith, Nedlands and City Beach. My favourite is the 1957 Kiernan House (top). It’s been (sympathetically) extended and its clean […]

Iwan Iwanoff Northam

Iwan Iwanoff Northam

Well it may seem day-trips to the Hills are becoming habitual. Yesterday we joined the German Car Club for a cobweb-blowing exercise and the chance to revisit the pinnacle of architectural hero Iwan Iwanoff’s work – the Northam Public Library and Council buildings. The early-70s buildings remain largely intact, although a small side balcony had an […]

Vintage Butterick 2245

Sewing Files

For the vintage sewing girls – I made Butterick 2245 as a cocktail dress (see, I’m accessorising like illustrations now!), but the jury is out on kimono sleeves. Sure, they save heaps of time and can look quite lovely as shorty sleeves. But I really like a fitted bodice, and there’s a lot of ease […]

Raymond Jones architect

Raymond Jones, architect

UWA has recently celebrated the work of Raymond Jones. I managed to visit the exhibition at the Cullity Gallery and grab a copy of the fantastic catalogue last week. Mr Jones is one of my (new) heroes – a star of the modernist scene. He has designed a vast range of homes and public structures, […]

iPad cover in Cool fabric and Westman tray

Favourite Christmas things

The fab Picknick design (by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand in the late 50s) has been reissued for kitchenware items, available in Australia from Angelucci. I had this tray expedited prior to Christmas – great for transporting necessary refreshments from the kitchen to poolside! And my sister, so handy with the Singer, made this fantastic iPad […]

50s Rose Print Dresses

There’s something breathtakingly gorgeous about a 50s rose print dress. Posh Girl Vintage (red and yellow silk dresses above left) has the most beautiful vintage dresses. I dream of walking into a fabric store and finding a gorgeous red rose-print silk like this. Taking a modern spin on the vintage look is top right, a […]