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GEOFF WARN, ARCHITECT,
ON WORKING WITH IWANOFF.
As a young architectural student, my friend – who
was Ivan ’s draftsman – arran ged work-experience
for me at Studio Iwanoff.
I did some rudimentary drafting for Mr
Iwanoff an d visited the Marsala ho use with him
on a few occasions during its construction. It was
a construction site, like an exotic ruin atop a hill
covered in bushlan d.
In his studio Mr Iwan off explain ed his design
in detail, showed me his thick graphite drawings
a nd amazing sketchbook s from his earlier times i n
Europe. He also invited me to the opening of the
No rtham Librar y an d Civic C entre, a building of
w hich he was clearly prou d.After the ceremo ny
he showed me many co nstruc tio n details an d,
in particular, the intricate interio r cabin et work ,
ventilated do or frames an d wall pan elling, all fi n ely
crafted in timber.
Years later, when I was commissioned to design
interiors for various retail stores, my preferred
shopfitter was the cabinet maker for Iwan Iwanoff.
He’ d worked on many Iwanoff projects, including
the Marsala residence. This house made some
unexpected appearances on a few other occasions
through my career, so I was clearly attracted by
the opportunity to help Mark and Chris bring the
Marsala house back to life. I wanted to see this
eclectic icon find new admirers and friends in
Perth’s lovers of architecture. As it has turned
out, Mr Iwanoff’s inspired design has attracted
international attention and has been published
from Bulgaria to the USA.
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