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Upcycling Made (almost) Perfect : Read all about our latest AWARD WINNING DESIGN in the new 'Awarded' Magazine

The shoe store made from recycled shipping pallets has taken out 3 Awards at this year's Design Matters National Awards, amongst them Best Recycled Materials and Best Interior Design

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Have you seen our amazing transformation of a run-down, tired heritage house into a beautiful modern family home? Find out more :

It's just been published again on the "House Diaries " Home Inspiration Blog. You can also check out the before-after pics on our Facebook page


Do Shoes Come on Pallets ?
Certainly an interesting question, but also the title to our latest award winner, the Yodgee Footwear South Melbourne Market Store !
The whole store is made out of a single material : recycled shipping pallets , and it is wholeheartedly embracing sustainability in its entirety.

The project has won three categories at the 2020 'Design Matters National' Awards : (1) Winner Special Project, (2) Winner Interior Design (Commercial) , and (3) Winner in Best Use of Recycled materials. If you'd like to see more images of this, head over to "on our Facebook page"

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For this one, you'll have to speak German, unfortunately. MDS director Marc Bernstein has been interviewed about office design and Fitout, by Hannes Hilbrecht from Inperspective.

Have a read "of the interview here " and let us know if you agree with everything ;-) ... and then there's also "the background story here "


Probably more interesting for industry insiders and fellow architects and designers amongst you : Presenting at the ArchiTeam CPD session on Thursday this week.

MDS director Marc Bernstein will talk (amongst others) about "softwares architects use " and how they can help us create better buildings

Conference / Presentation

Ever wanted to speed date an architect ?
Here's your opportunity :

As part of this years #Open House Melbourne "you can register for this exciting workshop here"

Conference / Presentation

Got plans for the weekend ?
Open House Melbourne is on, all digital this year !

Don't miss this exciting panel discussion with MDS director Marc Bernstein "as one of the panelists"


Working on this exciting home at the moment : "The Bond House, Brighton". You wonder why it's called the 'Bond House'? Because that was part of the exciting briefing, to create a James Bond inspired home, on a challenging site with amazing sea views, here in Brighton.

We've been successful in getting a planning permit for it - even though we've been pushing boundaries front left and center - so that is a great milestone reached. Now to regroup and enter the next stages - can't wait for this one to come to life from the 3D renders. Follow this space :-)

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Sometimes it's great to be able to speak German - particularly when a German publication features your work. Great read on the German houzz site, with a lot of background on the Northcote house we did last year.

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Sunday afternoon : Relax, grab a cup of coffee, and watch a beautiful video of our Northcote Slate House. Put together as part of AWS' Designer Notes series : Watch it here

This gorgeous contemporary residence in inner-city Melbourne was to be the owners’ dream home and energy efficiency was non-negotiable. Determined to include passive Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles to reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling, and combat condensation, the owners tasked Melbourne Design Studios with this stunning project.

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