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The Lengths Studio, Scottish Highlands [Credit: Vic Hallam’s Derwent System / Modernist Estates]

Modernist holiday home collection launches in the UK

UK: Online real estate connection platform Modernist Estates has launched a curated collection of midcentury holiday home properties across the UK, all of which have been handpicked for their “architectural quality and histories”.

Modernist Estates Holiday Lets officially launched earlier this month, going live with properties in Suffolk, the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Mull, Cenarth in West Wales, and some urban options in London. The company, which lists properties on behalf of their hosts, expects to expand its holiday rental offering in the coming weeks and months in the UK, with plans to expand internationally in the not too distant future.

Each listing includes photos of the interiors and exterior of the property, including important architectural and design details and local practical and cultural information.

Midcentury modern architecture first boomed across America after the Second World War, between 1945 and 1969, with modernist home collections being characterised by large, open spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and bringing the outdoors into the property, all while being relatively minimalist. Since then, Scandinavian design and Danish Modern have inspired incoming interior design styles with features such as intricate brickwork and wood panelling.

Speaking to Wallpaper, Modernist Estates founder Stefi Orazi said that all properties on the lettings platform will be handpicked to fulfil certain criteria i.e. being a “modernist property or architecturally exceptional contemporary home rooted in modernist principles”. Orazi has also offered to photograph properties for free [depending on location] as an introductory offer to mark the launch of the platform, before listing the property on the site for a fee of £48 a month / £425 a year.

Orazi’s inspiration for launching the holiday home collection came from discovering modernist properties during her travels, including The Anderson House in Devon, a 1970s house on the Isle of Wight owned by the National Trust, and a 1960s home in Suffolk.

Having started out in 2013 as a blog, Orazi developed Modernist Estates into a peer-to-peer real estate agency four years later. The business now seeks to connect homeowners of modernist properties directly with tenants who share an enthusiasm for design and architecture, essentially making it a direct advertising service that streamlines the rental process that eliminates the need for estate agents and associated commission fees.

As well as her work as a designer, Orazi has also authored several books on modernist architecture, including Modernist Estates: The buildings and the people who live in them today [2015], The Barbican Estate [2018], Modernist Escapes [2021], and architecture walking guide series Perambulations.

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