Explore Rose Seidler House

Armchair in dark fabric, with floral arrangement in background.
Eero Saarinen Womb chair in the lounge room, Rose Seidler House. Photo © Nicolas Watt for Sydney Living Museums RSH88/6-1:3

Eero Saarinen Womb chair

The furniture and fittings at  Rose Seidler House have been arranged as they were when Harry Seidler’s parents, Rose and Max were living there. One of the most interesting pieces is the ‘Womb chair’, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948. The chair demonstrates one of the earliest uses of moulded fibreglass in furniture construction and was designed at the request of Saarinen’s friend Florence Knoll, who wanted a chair that she could ‘really curl up in’.

Most of the furniture in the house today was either bought by Seidler from New York showrooms or designed and manufactured in Australia expressly to his specifications for use in the house. The pieces form one of the most important post World War II design collections in the country and are an absolute ‘must see’ for interior design enthusiasts.