Howard Lawson Art Deco Apartments

Howard Lawson Art Deco Apartments

Gregory Han
Jul 22, 2008

Emilie, one of our Australia blogger tryouts sent us this fascinating and inspiring peek inside an Art Deco apartment in the Beverley Hills block (Australia, not here in the 90210). Tell us what you think.

We were thrilled to be given a tour of a very special Art Deco apartment block built by notable Melbourne architect Howard Lawson in 1935. Made up of two separate buildings sitting one behind the other on a hill, the Beverley Hills block is Lawson's best known work. Walking up the steep staircase feels like you've entered somewhere in between old Hollywood glamour-land and Miss Havisham's crazy mansion...

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The apartment itself is currently on the rental market – hence the sparse furnishings. That said, the furniture present complements the geometric angles of the space by keeping a light feel to it. The apple lights and aqua blue walls create a whimsical feel perfectly at home within the wild building. When the apartment was purchased it was in it's original, untouched form – apparently not a pretty sight. New carpets were laid and the whole interior was re-painted. Our host told us most visitors quickly develop an obsession with the place and keep coming back to spy.

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The owner studied industrial design and created the vases and nested coffee table.


Check out the original shower pipes/taps!


Aside from a paint job, the kitchen is in original form – we guess people ate out a lot back then.


Underwater view of the pool.


An exotic inhabitant of the buildings.

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