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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"

Book / Publication

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, News

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 :-)

Book / Publication

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.

Book / Publication

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.

Book / Publication, Industry

Keen to go green, and make your kitchen more sustainable ? Great article on - Have a read of what the experts think - incl MDS director Marc Bernstein-Hussmann and featuring some of our kitchens.

"So you want a sustainable kitchen ? Everything you need to know. Three sustainable design experts reveal exactly how to go about it... (more)


Our Coburg home is coming together. This is going to be a Certified Passive House, built from CLT and woodfibre insulation, with triple-glazed windows (all supplies by Sustainable Building Supplies). We poured concrete for the foundations in mid Jan, and are now starting the fit off - pretty good timing I would say!

This is the first of a series of homes for 'Home by Hutt', called TMRW. It's 'ToMoRroW's house today', with a fair bit of experimental stuff going on, and some beautiful finishes and features. Can't wait to see it finished. In the meantime, you can find some impressions from site on our facebook news feed.

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