Arriving home after a morning Icebergers swim, architect Peter Maddison is full of energy and an easy humour, the very qualities he was headhunted for eight years ago to present Grand Designs Australia. The television series is shown in 12 countries, including China, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa and Britain.
Peter’s refuge is his mid-century Bayside home, close to where he swims at least four mornings a week. The architect, his wife Andrea and their children, Woody, Ruby and Finn, moved into the house 17 years ago and have renovated it three times. Last year they stripped the interior to realise their own grand design.
Peter favours the mid-century aesthetic in home decorating. “There is an honesty, you can see how the structure works, and the exuberance is what I like about this style,” he says.
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UTZON LIGHT FITTING
Jorn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House, has signed both the pendant lights we bought six years ago at Dedece.
I was looking for something that gives diffused light and matches the style of the house. When I heard they were designed by Utzon, I had to have them.
ORIGINAL EAMES CHAIR
I bought this Eames chair and ottoman for $3800 about 28 years ago for Andrea to breastfeed in. It has been with us all our married life.
I like that you are not anchored in one spot and you can swivel. Charles and Ray Eames were a very inventive couple, inspirational.
GOLDEN FLEECE RAM
Andrea and I bought this solid cast-iron ram on one of our first dates 28 years ago. We found it in an op shop on the way to Omeo.
Our car was full of stuff so we put it between us and used it as an arm-rest.
It comes from the days when every petrol bowser at the Golden Fleece service stations had a ram bolted to the top.
Ray Genovese gave me this Wega coffee machine 15 years ago as a thank you for designing his house in Caulfield. He’s a mate.
It has a real mid-century feel, it has character and doesn’t take up much bench space because it’s upright.
I designed this kitchen so that the glasses sit right under the bench. It’s not a coincidence.
These Per Lutken glass bowls we bought from a Scandinavian shop in South Melbourne 20 years ago, before we bought this house. They were designed and made in 1960.
I love their beautiful shapes and that they are irregular. I love architecture that’s not symmetrical, not static.
This colourful assemblage I bought 10 years ago reminds me of my childhood. All the timbers in this artwork by Bayside artist Robert Delves come from Pompei boat-builders on the creek in Mordialloc.
I grew up in Parkdale and every day I’d walk along the creek past the boat yard on the way to Mordialloc-Chelsea High School.
These Sumo, Combo and McTavish fibreglass boards are the latest trio in my garage. You are always upgrading, changing, it’s a moving feast. I’ve been surfing since I was 15.
I used to surf the wind chop in Parkdale and started surfing on my brother’s big, long Malibu. I got bitten by the bug and have been surfing ever since.
This was taken at the High Line park in New York in winter two years ago.
We like our family holidays and this time all the children were there. We rented what we thought was a fantastic apartment but it turned out to be a hole.
We walked out after the first day. This photo was taken the morning after we moved to The Mercer.