Terrazzo Marble Floors + Indoor Garden Oasis = A Modernist Masterpiece (On The Market)!

In uncertain times, when issues on a global scale are a whirling current, take heart and a deep lesson from those who traversed times of massive upheaval, came out the other side and decided to celebrate life and beauty with remarkable residences such as this one.

A c.1963 home of uncompromising continental panache, designed by post-war, Polish immigrant Bernard Slawik for one Mr. Josek Baker, made complete (among other aspects) by the astounding timberwork from local joinery master Dario Zureff (and lovely to see him named in the agent blurb with such knowing familiarity. Gary Peer has been kicking many an MCM goal of late – kudos!).

It’s not often we defer to the agent video, but in this case it is a must to truly get a handle on just how splendid an example of Marvellous Melbourne Migrant Modern (MMMM) we have here. An unqualified jaw-dropper.

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An Original Mid-Century Queenslander With Millennium Modern Flair

While honing her design skills over many years spent living in Melbourne, Bronwyn Labagnara became fascinated with modernist architecture. Having grown up in Brisbane, the interior designer and her husband were not officially “looking” when they spotted an original modernist house for sale in Chapel Hill, Brisbane’s inner-West. However, they immediately saw this place’s potential. Designed by acclaimed modernist architect, John Dalton, and built in 1964, the house had won a Residential Architectural award from the Australian Institute of Architects. The couple snapped it up, prompting their family’s move to the sunshine state in 2015, and the beginning of a meaningful design project for Bronwyn and her newly formed studio, Hannah & Co. Design.

Bronwyn describes the house in its original state as having “peach paint throughout, a bright blue kitchen, and a wild backyard with overgrown everything’. But, it had architectural details ‘to die for’ – with deep eaves,

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