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Our new space


We’ve been exploding out of our 1940s brick and tile house in Palmyra for some time now and have finally decided to add on a self-contained studio/extra living space to accommodate our sprawling selves and our teenagers. We plan to use this as our design zone for Blue Lawn Designs during the week, with the space most likely up for grabs on the weekend.

The new addition will be attached to the side/front of our house, but will have a separate entrance so that, down the track, we can also rent it out or use it for AirBnB. A little bit of future-proofing. A small bathroom and kitchenette have been included in the design.

The exterior will make a strong nod to the style of the rest of the house while the interior will provide the opportunity for us to experiment with some design ideas we’ve been collecting along the way. The first of these is a concrete block feature wall running the length of the living space (one side only), which is currently under construction (thanks Green magazine for this and many other interesting design ideas). The slab is expected to go down very soon.


PSAS exterior Jul2016     PSAS interior Jul2016     PSAS Cafe 37 posted Jul2016

The Blue Lawn Designs team works in a great environment with creative colleagues. Painters, printmakers, architects, designers, illustrators, web developers as well as many others. The Pakenham St Art Space (PSAS), in Fremantle’s west end, houses our studio where we design and create screen-printed homewares – primarily fabrics and wood. The PSAS building is heritage-listed and has undergone some dramatic transformations since we moved in five years ago.

A new roof and insulation have been installed upstairs. The ground floor has been re-laid with smooth, polished concrete, and all the studio walls have been raised and upgraded. New bathrooms have been built, and a new café just inside the front door (Studio 37 named after the studio that was the traditional owner of that space). All of this has been done, whilst maintaining the essential fabric of the building. There is now a steady series of exhibitions, performances and arts events in the ground floor space, and even an occasional wedding. PSAS is an inspiring place to work, surrounded many other creatives.

New windows have been installed all around the ground floor, letting light in and providing a stronger link to the street life of Fremantle in. This is thanks to a heritage grant secured by PSAS. As you can imagine, there’s been a bit of disruption to our creative activities, but it’s very good to be part of a longer-term creative vision. And the on-site coffee is a bit of a sweetener, too. Read more about PSAS here

(Reposted from an earlier blog on our old website)




Council House by night 400x400     Council House tea towel 400x400

Blue Lawn created tea towels showing Perth Council House as part of the 50 years commemoration.

Perth Council House was designed by architects Howlett and Bailey, and opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1963 shortly after Perth hosted the Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1962. Ah, Empire!

The building was placed on the State’s Heritage Register circa 2005, after decades of debate about its aesthetics. The office of State Heritage noted it “is a rare intact example of an early 1960s modernist office building in Perth.” In recent years there has been a reassessment of the value of Council House, and the building is now illuminated at night by a multi-coloured light show.

The design for the building was chosen after a competition won by architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey. Don Bailey who is now in his 80s, was in Perth for the anniversary event in late March 2013. He told the audience that Council House was built at great speed as it needed to be finished in time to entertain the dignitaries coming to the games in 1962.

“We had eighteen months from start to finish. . . We had to design it as we went. It was fast track building and you filled in the details just ahead of the builder.”

The City of Perth produced a book and exhibition to mark the building’s 50th anniversary, exploring the history of Council House, displaying the original architectural plans, photographs of its construction and the opening.

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