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Atherton House

Location:
Sydney
Type:
House
Year:
1959
Photographer:
Lucy Feagins

Built in 1959, Atherton House is regarded as a classic of mid-century architecture, complete with kidney-shaped pool and red lino floors, and features enough Eames chairs for the entire cast of Mad Men. 'It's also got floor-to-ceiling glazing, which was pretty typical of the period,' Ross says. 'It brings in all the light, so that on a sunny day the house literally smiles at you.'

This mid-century marvel was built in 1959, and it sure was lucky to find Tim in 2005 (he is only the third person to own the home)!  SO many modernist homes in Australia end up being demolished or re-configured beyond any recognition (devastating!), but Tim is a self confessed architecture nerd, and has been extremely passionate about restoring his beloved pad in keeping with it’s original design.  Much of the home is in original condition – sadly the bathrooms had already undergone unsympathetic renovations when Tim purchased the property, so Tim replaced these.  Carpet from the 1980′s was removed and the original boards polished. 

Tim’s passion for all things mid-century clearly extends to his choice of furniture and interior details.  He’s is an avid junk shop fiend – favourite pieces include the Arne Vodder sideboard with the coloured drawers in the loungeroom, a wonky old featherston chair, the Finn Juhl chair in the lounge room… and ‘watching Michelle curl up in the old Womb Chair to feed Bugsy is rather sweet’ he says!  Tim is a collector of MANY things – ‘cameras, old records, phones, teapots… I love all of them’ he says.  ‘I have some German tea pots and cups that were leftover stock from a homewares store that my parents ran in the late 1960’s, they are rather special to me.  I love the stories behind what we collect’.

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