A Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

  • No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    Studio Prineas add to their repertoire of alterations and additions with a mid-century revival, echoing the style’s famed aesthetic principles.

    Sydney-based practice Studio Prineas were introduced to a post-war red brick cottage that wasn’t quite cutting it for the family within. It was a familiar challenge for the studio, who’s projects exude a sense of simplicity and flow; the byproduct of thoughtful design. In this instance, this red brick home was in need of an extension, open plan living spaces and an improved connection with the outdoor area. 

    The original home’s mid-century modern interiors offered Studio Prineas the opportunity to explore the architectural style in a contemporary context. Be it the liberal use of walnut joinery and glass or appearances from Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic furniture – this home is imbued with functional design that lasts the test of time.

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    The brief oversaw changes to the home’s compromising relationship with the outdoors and the basement and rumpus room’s low ceilings. Studio Prineas reworked the layout, by locating the new lounge and kitchen areas at the original basement level. What was once two storeys is now one, transforming the space into a lofty, double-height living, dining and kitchen space that expands onto the outdoor setting.

    “The living, kitchen and dining area is animated by the highlight windows that funnel northern light into the home, playing across the materiality and volume of the space in different ways throughout the day,” director Eva-Marie Prineas explains. “The large volume created through these key architectural moves has cemented the role of the kitchen as the anchor of the home and the axis around which the family operates,” she says. 

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas
    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    The Sol floor lamp by Jardan perfectly balances the living room with its soft oak shade.

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    Black geometric vase from Lumu Interiors.

    Studio Prineas designed the dining room as a pavilion between two courtyards, scaled down in volume from the kitchen. Intimate with the garden, the dining room fully opens up on one side through bi-fold glazing. This space also shares a cosy custom window seat, offering added storage and a comfortable place to gather as a family. 

    Studio Prineas overlaid the extension with elements that draw on the mid-century era of the original cottage. “Warm, natural tones play out in the walnut timber veneer joinery, timber floor, honey-coloured vintage Eames furniture pieces and the natural Aran Bianco limestone kitchen bench,” says Eva-Marie. Modern components are laid among these Mid-century showpieces, such as the Bell Pendant Lamp by Andreas Lund and Jacob Rudbeck for Normann Copenhagen.

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    The bathroom features a white ceramic vase from Planet Furniture.

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

    Once the front entrance to the home, the master suite is where Studio Prineas created a zone that transforms daily rituals into a far more luxurious experience. The design team achieved this by creating separate zones to distil each part of the daily routine. The same material palette used downstairs also promotes a sense of warming calm.

    Studio Prineas’ mid-century revival is grounded in what they do best: a laser attention to detail, thorough consideration of a home’s history and context, and completely attune with the minutiae of family life.

    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas
    No.56 House Mid-Century Revival by Studio Prineas

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