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A stereotypical yet iconic Harry Seidler designed house in Sydney’s beachside suburb Dover Heights recently played host to comedian and author Tim Ross for a series of his signature Mid Century Project live shows.  These sell-out live shows, attended by 500 design professionals and aficionados, were the latest in a series held at architecturally significant buildings where Tim continues to delight audiences with his unique blend of storytelling, music and design. 

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Tim 'Rosso' Ross has many strings to his bow.  Best known as one half of award-winning Australian radio duo Merrick & Rosso, over 15 years Tim’s career as morphed from comedian and radio and television personality to writer, television producer to social commentator with a focus on his passion for design and architecture.  World-renowned architect and modernist Harry Seidler is particular favourite.  

Kalowski House by Harry Seidler

Credit Max Dupain 1958 © Penelope Seidler, Architect Harry Seidler 

With a career spanning 60 years and over 180 buildings, Seidler is firmly entrenched in Australian design history as a leading light on modernist design methodology and influencer to many.  Sometimes controversial, but mostly ground-breaking, Seidler’s legacy, based on his three key principles – social use, technology and aesthetics – lives on.  Not only in homes like Kalowski House in Dover Heights, but also Seidler’s most recognisable and much-loved Sydney buildings: Australia Square, Grosvenor Place, Blues Point Tower, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Horizon Apartments. 

Smeg played a supporting role, supplying iconic Candy Stripe, Denim and Australian flag FAB fridges.  The unmistakable vintage design of these fridges, with personality and styling cues based on the sinuous lines and curves of the 1950s, was in perfect harmony with the show’s Mid Century design and architecture theme.  It was also serendipitous that Seidler’s principles of social use, technology and aesthetics mirror Smeg’s philosophy of technology with style. 

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