The Britten Stables


Book Design


Art direction, book design, project management


Independent project

A story that spans two generations of the Britten family, the revival of this treasured family home is nothing short of remarkable.

Legendary New Zealand designer and engineer, John Britten, ambitiously converted the former Mona Vale horse stables into his home and workshop in the 1980s. Not your average dwelling, the house was inspired by the London Kew Gardens, a glass palace filled with trees, marble and impressive limestone pillars.

Unfortunately, John’s time and incredible career were both cut short when he passed away from cancer, leaving his young family to grow up in the dream home he’d left behind. When the house was severely damaged in Canterbury’s 2011 earthquakes, a decision had to be made regarding the Stable’s future. John’s eldest daughter, Isabelle, and her husband Tim, share their emotional renovation journey, how they stayed true to John’s vision and how they made The Stables their own.

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