Located on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, the Coastal Pavilion by Mim Design harnesses the raw beauty of the seaside into a minimalist, mid-century-inspired residence. We spoke to the principal of the renowned practice, Miriam Fanning, and her client Lou De Mattia, owner of furniture and lifestyle store Coastal Living about the design process – from mood board to move-in day!
Photography by Tom Blachford
How long have you known each other? How did you first meet?
Lou: I have known Mim going on 7 years. We first met through close friends, while on a family holiday in Noosa.
Lou, tell us about your design brief to Mim for the Coastal Pavilion. What was on your mood board, and what were your “must-haves”?
Lou: Our design brief to Mim Design for the Coastal Pavilion was to design a pared-back home that was going to be a permanent residence family home, based on the coast. Our mood board reflected homes that were simple, functional, calm and relaxed in their mood – spaces filled with natural light, pared-down forms and natural materials, taking inspiration from mid-century modern architecture. Our must-haves included loads of texture, natural light and a well-thought-out floor plan that created calming spaces we could enjoy no matter what the season or end-use.