Mad About Modernism

Mad About Modernism is a day-long series of talks and tours celebrating all aspects of modernism.

On the day, enjoy self-guided tours of Rose Seidler House, experience internationally acclaimed artist, James Gulliver Hancock illustrating house objects or relax with a coffee in the grounds of one of the finest examples of mid-20th century modern domestic architecture in Australia. 

Hear expert talks from guest curators and commentators exploring art, architecture, design and heritage.  

Or extend the experience of the day with curated house tours to some of the wonderful modernist homes of the area.


Ticketing Information -
Please note general entry to the Mad About Modernism day is included in all tour and talk ticket prices.

 

Talks

Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo © Brenton McGeachie

Australian Modernist Architecture
10.30am - 11.30am

Professor Philip Goad is internationally known for his research and is an authority on modern Australian architecture. He has worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. Join him for a discussion on Australian modernist architecture.

North Shore Medical Centre building, St Leonards. Max Dupain & Associates Archive: 3432-1, State Library of NSW. Courtesy Epstein family.

Why People Hate Modernism: Tim Ross and Tone Wheeler
12pm - 1pm

Guest commentator Tim Ross presents a panel with Tone Wheeler exploring why people don’t like modernism.

The Donna & Brian Seidler House. Dirk Meinecke, 2008 © Harry Seidler & Associates

Conserving Modernist Properties
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Hear from Brian Seidler and Ian Innes (Director of Heritage and Collections, SLM) about conserving modernist properties. Brian Seidler grew up in the Marcus Seidler House (now known as the Donna and Brian Seidler House).  Donna and Brian commissioned Seidler and Associates to undertake a restoration and renovation of this house in 2005. Donna and Brian recently purchased the Julian Rose House and are currently undertaking a lengthy restoration and refurbishment of this house.


 

Lounge Room, Rose Seidler House, April 2011. Photo © Phyllis Wong, Sydney Living Museums

‘From the inside and out - furniture creates the room and the room the facade'
3pm - 4pm

This talk explores the notion of how furniture pieces interact with space, how they can inform not only the interior but the exterior as well. Three highly respected figures from the design industry will explore these notions, how they relate to modernism and what we can learn from a deep consideration of the dynamic of objects within a space.

The panel includes interior designer Don Cameron,  who as an ex-video director sees interiors as a visual journey, Kirstin Stanisich of SJB, winner of the Coco Republic /Belle Designer of the Year Award and David Clark - ex editor of Vogue Living,  curator of ‘Home’ for the National Trust and design editor.

'From the inside and out - furniture creates the room and the room the façade'  said Danish designer Finn Juhl. 

Bookings essential

General Entry only:
General $12
Concession $8
Members Free

Talks: (Includes General Entry)
General $45
Concession $40
Members $35

Brian Seidler Walking Tour and Talk: (Includes General Entry, Tour and Talk)
General $75
Concession $70
Members $65
Individual tickets are also available for the talk only

Tours: (Includes General Entry)
General $80
Concession $70
Members $60

When & Where

Sunday 27 August 2017 10AM–4.30PM

Rose Seidler House

71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
+612 9989 8020

Brian Seidler Walking House Tours and Talk

Donna and Brian Seidler House and Julian Rose House

11am – 12.10pm and 2.50pm – 4pm

Conserving Modernist Properties Talk

1.30pm 2.30pm

Join Brian Seidler with this exclusive tour and talk offer including a limited-capacity walking tour of the rarely seen Donna and Brian Seidler House (formerly the Marcus Seidler House) and Julian Rose House and a ticket to his Conserving Modernist Properties talk. See above for talk details.

Donna and Brian Seidler House. Dirk Meinecke, 2008 © Harry Seidler & Associates

Donna and Brian Seidler House 

Designed by Harry Seidler for his uncle, Marcus, join Brian as he shares his experiences of growing up in this house and the renovations he and his wife commissioned Seidler & Associates to undertake for their own growing family. 

Julian Rose House. Harry Seidler 1954 © Penelope Seidler

Julian Rose House

Designed by Harry Seidler and built shortly after the Rose Seidler House, the Julian Rose House was recently purchased by Donna and Brian. Hear Brian discuss the current restorations and refurbishments to restore the house to its original state.


General house tour information

  • Both houses are located within the Group of Seidler designed houses, located just below the Rose Seidler House.
  • Please wear flat enclosed shoes on the tour.
  • The group will leave from the Rose Seidler House site.
  • Neither the site nor the houses are wheelchair accessible.
  • Participants must leave all bags with an SLM representative at the entrance to the house.
  • No bathroom facilities are available to visitors inside the houses but there will be bathrooms available at the site.

Photography

  • Photographs may be taken only of the building exteriors.

 


House Tours

Harry and Penelope Seidler House and The Jack House

9.15am - 12.15pm and 12.30pm - 3.30pm | Both these sessions are now sold out

Join us for a bus tour to two of Sydney’s most iconic modernist houses.

 

Harry and Penelope Seidler House, Killara. Photo © Brenton McGeachie

Harry and Penelope Seidler House

Designed by Harry and Penelope Seidler as their family home, the Harry and Penelope Seidler House could be regarded as their most important work.
Read more about this house.

The Jack House. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Photograph © Brenton McGeachie, Sydney Living Museums

The Jack House

Stepping inside the Jack House is like stepping onto the set of Mad Men. This is mid-century modernism at its best, right down to the groovy wallpaper and timber wall panelling.
Read more about this house.


General bus tour information

  • Please wear flat enclosed shoes on the tour
  • Buses will leave from the Rose Seidler House site
  • Unfortunately buses will not be held for latecomers and refunds will not be issued to anyone who misses the bus
  • Neither the site nor houses are wheelchair accessible
  • Participants must leave all bags with an SLM representative at the entrance to the house
  • No bathroom facilities are available to visitors inside the houses.

Photography

  • Harry and Penelope Seidler House: No photography allowed
  • The Jack House: Photographs may be taken only of the building exteriors

 

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