A Classy Time Warp – Rose Seidler House

In the upper north shore suburb of Wahroonga, surrounded by the sprawling bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, sits Rose Seidler House. A striking, white, modernist cube-like house designed by architect Harry Seidler. It looks like something from the future, but in fact was built between 1948 and 1950.

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The house was Seidler’s first architectural commission – a request from his mum Rose (from which the house takes its name) to design a home for her and his father, Max. Considered highly controversial and unconventional in the early days, it’s an impressive work for an architect who was aged 25 at the time.

Inside, the house is white and neutral, broken by bright pops of colour and a striking mural, designed and painted by Harry, on the sundeck. The furnishings, fittings and interiors are a showcase for all the awesomeness of design in the 1950s. It’s a total treat for design lovers. We want to live here. Open Sundays 11am-4pm ($8 adults/$4 concession), if you’d like to do more than just visit, the house also hosts occasional events like vintages fairs, talks, tours and exhibitions.

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The hack? A peek into Seidler’s first architectural gig and a big fix of modernist inspiration.

Rose Seidler House71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga

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