Collection by Diana Budds

Seamless Living in Brisbane


For their family home in Brisbane, Australia, John and Cathy Dillon spent countless hours poring over design magazines and books to strike the right updated-mid-century-modern balance. "We drew heavily from the mid-century modern ethic in terms of house design and layout, but did not wish to replicate this era through furnishings and fixtures," says John Dillon. While the structural influences of this home by local architect Bud Brannigan range from the Case Study work of Pierre Koning and Craig Ellwood, and Australian architects Glenn Murcutt and Harry Seidler, the interiors are a mix of the residents' own personalities and histories, including a love of Japanese design and art collecting.

The home is adjacent to a park and the residents wanted to seamlessly bridge the interiors and exteriors.
The home boasts a traditional Japanese genkan, an entryway that's a couple of steps down from the main level.
The living and dining rooms are joined together in one large central space.
The dining table and chairs are vintage Moller, sourced from Denmark and restored in Australia.
Floor-to-ceiling shelves in the library (at the end of the corridor) house the family's collection of books, many of...
Here's a view looking into the library.
The house's deep eaves (another passive cooling technique) accommodate an outdoor dining area.
This window box frames the park adjacent to the home and provides a display area for the family's objects.
This shelf provides an attractive space to display the family's pottery collection.
Their collection of artifacts spans from the Stone Age to contemporary works of art.