Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Tim Ross and Michelle Glew-Ross

In keeping with our annual tradition, we’re taking a little break over the sleepy Christmas to New Year period. During this time we’ll be posting the TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2015, based on your pageviews, comments and your feedback! We’re kicking this series off today with a serious crowd pleaser – the incredible mid century Sydney home of comedian Tim Ross and family!

In February of this year we visited Tim, his wife Michelle and their two sons in their beautiful 1950’s home. Originally designed by architect Bill Baker, the Ross family are worthy custodians of this gem, having lovingly restored the home over the years.

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Classic 1950s exterior, we love those walls of glass! Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Sydney home of comedian Tim Ross, his wife Michelle and their kids Bugsy and Bobby! Dining area. Grant Featherston Delma table and four ’60s/early ’70s chairs made by Sydney designer John Duffecy.  ‘We nabbed the chairs off our friend Patty who runs Retro On Regent,‘ says Tim. The Spanish Chair in the foreground was a present for Michelle after Bobby was born, painting behind dining table by an unknown painter, picked up at The Junk Company in Melbourne. The light is a ’70s copper lamp found by Tim on the side of the road! Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining / living room details.  Vodder sideboard (Tim’s present to himself for his 30th!), 1960s Israeli pottery pieces, and a sculpture by an old bloke who lives in the Hinterland near the Goldcoast (Tim can’t remember his name!).  Tim’s beloved Womb chair is in front. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Downstairs studio / study. Arne Jacobsen chairs, originally from Oxford University.  ‘The university were throwing 200 of them out,’ explains Tim.  ‘A canny dealer spotted them and bought them for a pound each. Four of them made their way here, and they were a generous gift from my old radio station Nova when I left. Also pictured, my Ericson red phone, and what is that? My ARIA award! How did that get in shot?,’ jokes Tim. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom. Coburn tapestry, Australian Cone chair by Roger McClay. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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28th of December 2015

Australian comedian and regular TDF collaborator, Tim Ross has a passion for all things mid-century. Even his popular comedy show, Man About the House, tours the country and is staged in iconic mid-century homes. Tim is also the type of guy that always finds the best furniture of this era on the side of the road, even if it means driving home with half a couch sticking out of his station wagon.

In 2005, Tim took his obsession to a more permanent level when he purchased his Sydney home, built in 1959 for the Atherton family, and designed by their friend, architect Bill Baker. ‘Bill was an architect and a Qantas Pilot – a multitasker like John Travolta’ Tim explains! Today, Tim shares the home with his wife Michelle Glew-Ross, and their two young sons Bugsy and Bobby.

The Ross family home is a testament to the timelessness of modernist architecture. It’s the kind of property that could easily have been knocked down, had it fallen into the wrong hands. Luckily, this house found it’s perfect match, and it’s a love affair that is still going strong, ten years on!

For the full story and many more photos of this beautiful mid-century family home AND the film we made about Tim’s house, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Michelle and Tim on the front porch outside Bugsy’s room. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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