Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
This modernist architectural remnant from the 1950s in Portsea on the Mornington Peninsular is the ultimate in cool; the kind of place in which you could easily imagine James Dean strolling from the bathroom having just had a shave. Brainchild of Melbourne-based graphic designers Mark Young and Mat Windebank, everything about the three-bedroom house – its boxy and simplistic design, the Eames and Nelson, Florence Knoll and Noguchi furniture, Italian lighting and design classic kitchen utensils – is iconic. Original ’50s prints and accessories are complimented by Indigenous artwork and quirky details, such as an old surfboard suspended on the wall. And while the house has been contemporised with flat screen TVs, a state of the art kitchen and a swimming pool, Young and Windebank opted to keep the old-fashioned cross-ventilation system instead of installing air-con, and have taken various other measures to preserve its wonderfully retro and classic feel.
Details // Portsea, Mornington Peninsular, Vic. From $380 per night. www.zealandia.com.au, (03) 9650 2523.