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Brian Davis: Decor container king’s Brighton estate sells out

Known for pioneering the iconic Decor container empire, late innovator Brian Davis’ Brighton pad has struck a deal.

Homeware empire pioneer Decor’s sprawling Brighton home has sold in a quiet private sale.

The late innovator Brian Davis’ 3 Wolsley Grove domain sold in January after a campaign of several months to find the perfect buyer.

This is the first time in 40 years that the house has changed hands.

JP Dixon’s Andrew Sinclair would not comment on the sale price, but said a local family with three children were the lucky buyers.

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He said they were leaving a similarly styled home, but loved the “mid-century modernist look” of the property.

“They had been looking at it for a while and will be upgrading the house,” he said.

Industry experts suggested the property was selling for around its asking price of $8.7-9.79 million.

It was originally listed for $12 million before a price cut in November last year.

Davis’ famous red lunchboxes became synonymous with Australian kitchens after creating the popular brand in the 1950s.

He launched a line of products including the Habana tumbler, reusable plastic containers and a portable wine cooler, which is now part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to the Design Institute of Australia.

Mr Sinclair previously described the house like a “showstopper”.

“Carpentry and craftsmanship is once in a generation,” he said at the time.

Set in approximately 1580m², the exterior of the house is framed in red cedar wood while high ceilings with Tasmanian oak joinery adorn the interior.

A swimming pool, large formal dining room, covered parking for four cars and extensive gardens are also part of the package.

A sunken marble tub and handcrafted basin in the master bathroom were the crown jewels of the property.

“There were no real budgetary constraints with the construction; it was a very worthy finish with the interiors. This marble bath is one of a kind,” added Mr. Sinclair.

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Originally published as Brian Davis: Decor container king’s Brighton estate sells out