The lounge room at Rose Seidler House, featuring the home's original Eero Saarinen 1948 Womb chair facing a large wall of windows overlooking bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Photo © Justin Mackintosh for Sydney Living Museums RSH06_0024

Welcome to Rose Seidler House

When completed in 1950, Rose Seidler House was ‘the most talked about house in Sydney’. Designed by the young Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max, the house overturned almost every convention of suburban home design. It was in fact the promise of designing a house for his mother that brought Harry to Australia, and its success helped launch his Australian and soon after international career. The radical design both inside and out integrated architecture, art and technology in a bold and optimistic vision for a new way of living. Today, still surrounded by bushland with panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the house is one of the finest examples of mid 20th-century modern domestic architecture in Australia, and its furniture and fittings form one of the most complete and intact post World War II design collections in public ownership.

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‘When [the] house was finished, people used to come in … people were four deep. My mother had to leave the house sometimes on the weekend, because they were all standing around the windows you know, trying to see this incredible contraption’ (architect Harry Seidler, 2003)

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Three fruit marmaladeThursday 11 October 2018

Entrance to Harry & Penelope Seidler House, Killara NSW

Rose Seidler House

Penelope Seidler One On One With Stephen Todd: HabitusThursday 10 May 2018

A child of the left wing intelligentsia, Penelope Seidler was never just the wife of one of Australia’s most notable architects. Habitus Living visits her at the home she and Harry designed.

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Let’s talk turkey – brush styleThursday 18 January 2018