Readers of Vogue Living will have noticed the spread on Cult’s Chairity Project, in which our studio is involved.  We worked with artist Kerry Armstrong to reimagine the Officina chair, which will be auctioned for charity in November.  To support this great initiative and secure a design classic, please visit www.galabid.com/chairity2016.



Enter a new realm of modern design and luxurious liveability; 22 residences of influence and distinction set proudly on the crest of one of Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs.   Amidst the privileged green canopies of Hawthorn, a bespoke residential collaboration by  Mim Design and Plus Architects captures the spirit of a location infused with natural beauty and an abundance of modern cafes, dining establishments, designer boutiques and retailers.  A very select offering of 2 & 3 bedroom residences radiate with natural light, overlooking the heritage rooftops and parks of Hawthorn, across the meandering Yarra River and beyond to the glittering city skyline.   Brilliance in function and luxury prevails across every aspect of each design; from the impressively sized floor plans through to private garages, a resident’s wine cellar and a range of customised lighting and joinery features with impeccable attention to detail and natural materiality.  You can view the images of this project here.



If there’s one thing we love as much as design, it’s holidays.  What luck when the team behind the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas came calling for assistance on their redesign of the luxury resort.  Belle ran a piece on the project and you can view Carli Phillip’s words and Sean Fennessy’s photos here.




Our friends at Architectural Digest (US) wanted to know how to work with stone. We talked them through some of the ways we’ve used the authentic natural material across our projects. To read the article, please click here. You can view additional photos of the project showcased in the article here.



Mim Design with mentoring from artist Kerry Armstrong, reinvented the Officina chair using layers of paint, and will donate the proceeds to Beyond Blue. Miriam Fanning of Mim Design shares, “The Officina chair is an art piece in its own right. Something we aspire to is the melding of colour and texture, and being avid art followers as a studio, it has been a fantastic experience having the opportunity to create something unique. Not only do we love the vibrancy and layered texture of the application, but we feel the chair has synergies with our chosen charity, Beyond Blue. Mental illness does not discriminate and we need to be talking more about the issue. The work of Beyond Blue is extremely important and so we wanted to get behind this worthy cause, with a chair that will inspire the community to sit down and open the lines of communication.” The chair will be auctioned off with full proceeds going to Beyond Blue.  The auction will go Live on 17 November and closes 27 November at 9.00pm EST.  Visit www.galabid.com/chairity2016 for more information.






Savvy hotel operators are putting design at the forefront of their new accommodation offerings. We spoke to the Australian Financial Review’s Paul Best about this emerging trend and our work on Four Seasons Sydney, Art Series hotel The Johnson and the renowned Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas. You can view the article here.




We were delighted to receive a nod in the Top 50 Rooms awards for our recent work on SJD Residence. The judges described the gallery room as a ‘stirring narrative of old and new’ and we couldn’t be happier. Congratulations to all the finalists on their beautiful work.  For more information on SJD Residence, please click here.





Mim Design is pleased to announce that Sarah Dowling has been appointed to the role of Practice Director and Emma Mahlook to Creative Director.  With a passion for residential design, space planning and furniture, experienced interior designer Sarah Dowling joined the studio as Practice Manager at the start of the year.  Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Sarah’s experience includes running her own independent studio as well as three years working on hotel interiors as part of the Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment team who designed the original Crown Towers project.  In taking on the role of Practice Director, Sarah will be integral to the programming, business development, staff mentoring and future growth direction of the Mim Design studio.

Emma, who in 2012 joined Mim Design as an Interior Designer, following a six-year stint at another design studio, was promoted to Associate Designer later that year.  She has a wealth of experience designing interior environments for the retail, hospitality and residential sectors and is known for her exemplary management of client relationships.  Emma brings with her a wealth of experience specialising in retail, hospitality and high end residential sectors. Emma is known for her exemplary management of client relationships, creative and considered approach to design quality and management.

Congratulations to Sarah and Emma on their new roles.

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The IDEA Awards shortlist has been released and we’re proud to say that four of our projects have made the cut. Our office design for Landream has been shortlisted in the workplace under 1000sq m category, with Lexus Design Pavilion, Sub-Zero & Wolf showroom and MAH Residence listed in the event, retail and Single Residential categories respectively. Best of luck to all the finalists.




Multi-residential design is a speciality of our studio and we’ve worked on many great apartment projects over the years. Mim Design Principal Miriam Fanning spent ‘Five Minutes With’ property development website Apartment Developments and you can read the interview here.


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The ‘Officina’ chair is the inspiration behind Cult’s upcoming Chairity Project, which marks the 40th anniversary of Italian brand Magis.  Our studio was invited to customise this future classic and we are now working on our design, ahead of the charity auction later this year.

Watch this space.



Bower Manly, the new luxurious Sydney apartment development we designed for CostaFox, has broken a sale price record and we couldn’t be happier. You can read about it on Architecture & Design or follow the link for more info.


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