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Coastal Pavilion by Mim Design

  • Mim Design draw inspiration from the Mid-Century Modern era and the home’s beachside locale in their Coastal Pavilion in Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula.

    Mim Design’s newest coastal home, a series of interconnected pavilions, subtly references 1960s Palm Springs living. Drawing on Mid-Century materials and the client’s existing furniture and artwork, the home embodies a sense of Californian cool through its relationship to the outdoors and sense of comfort for a family seeking a new life by the sea.

    The Ridge Vase in White by Studio Kaksikko for Muuto with Fan Palm leaves.

    The Moooi Zio Dining Chairs in the dining room.

    The facade of the home recreates the exterior of a 1960s Palm Springs dwelling with its curved breeze block wall, bagged bricks, linear cladding and flat roof. Disc pavers in the front garden typical of the Mid-Century Modern era lead you to the washed timber entrance and into the large open plan living and dining room down a series of drop-down steps; another nod to the Mid-century theme.

    Mim Design have set a precedent with their stone kitchens, as we’ve seen previously in their NNH project. Mim Design project architect Stella Lien incorporated a sweeping island bench paying tribute to the curved forms of 1960s architecture, while V-groove joinery, a timber-clad rangehood and timeless grey marble ensure the functional kitchen remains sensitive to its Victorian coastal surrounds.

    Black steel-frame doors and windows and the charcoal brick feature wall in the living room create a similar striking contrast as the home’s exterior against the soft oak floors and white walls.

    The Togo Fireside Chair by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset in the relaxed lounge, accompanied by a vintage print from In Good Company.

    The Mantis Wall Sconce by Bernhard Schottlander for DCW Editions and furniture and linen from Coastal Living in the bedroom.

    A stretch of built-in full-height cabinetry in the same V-grove joinery in the kitchen conceals everyday necessities on the middle level. A calming palette of soft linen, white and timber in the bedrooms evokes a tranquil aesthetic away from the bustle of the downstairs entertaining pavilion. 

    Outside, zinc cladding and off-form concrete draw on a Californian poolside aesthetic while a built-in barbecue and patio area beneath the pergola conjure warm summer evenings with friends. 

    Coastal Pavilion manifests the best of the Mid-Century Modern movement with a relaxed timelessness that ensures the design will stay relevant for years to come.

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