James Gulliver Hancock
James will draw items from the Rose Seidler House collection as well as the house and grounds. Visitors to the house will be able to watch the artist at work as he and his sketchbook move around the house and garden.
Mad About 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.
A Modernist season
Immerse yourself in all things modernist with our dedicated season of exhibitions and programs, including events, talks and tours, commencing this July across Rose Seidler House and the Museum of Sydney.
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.