Gissing House by Harry Seidler
My friend just put me on to this house; Gissing House designed by Architect Harry Seidler in 1972, which is a remarkable example of design that has lasted the test of time. It reminded me of a quote by designer Margaret Howell who talks of design being diluted to its absolute minimum of materials and fabrics- and if it still works just like that then to leave the design as it is, as fabrics alone.
It is both a pleasant surprise, and remarkable event, when one encounters, as in the Gissing house, a modest domestic work by Harry Seidler that has survived the depredations of the market and developer, and retained, down to the smallest detail, the original quality and atmosphere of a total work it possessed at its completion in 1972. The Gissing House is that exceptional thing, a distinguished survivor whose authenticity is uncompromised by time, as if, by some miracle, it was kept captive in a time capsule for the past forty years.
We could live here, no sweat…
You can also see the house Harry Seidler designed for his mother, Rose Seidler, here.blog comments powered by Disqus