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TDF Talks @Mercedes me With Comedian Tim Ross

TDF Talks @Mercedes me

Last week we wrapped up our weekly conversation series at the Mercedes me Store Melbourne. Today, we share the fourth and final live podcast, starring Sydney-based funnyman and patron saint of Australian Design, Tim Ross.

In our conversation, the celebrity fka Rosso charts his evolution to architecture and design guy, before opening our eyes to why even ‘ugly’ buildings are worth saving!

This podcast episode is live NOW – find us on Apple Podcasts, download Overcast for bonus pictures and links, or listen below!

10th August, 2018

Tim Ross chatting to Lucy Feagins at Mercedes me. Photo – Amelia Stanwix

Tim Ross has been broadcasting his own brand of design advocacy (and lols) over the past six years. He has an uncanny way of getting people excited about design, even things they didn’t realise they cared about, like the classic Hills Hoist washing line, the Dolphin torch, or the Sydney’s brutalist Sirius Building!

This is why Tim is such an important ally to have when we talk about Australian architecture and design.

This conversation was recorded live and comes with a language warning.


Lucy Feagins
Friday 10th August 2018

Links + Further Reading

This is the fourth episode in our second season of podcasts! Check out season one here.

In 2016, Tim aired his two-part series focusing on the aesthetics of our suburbs Streets Of Your Town  (required listening while reading about it).

Over the past six years, Tim and best mate, Kit Warhurst, have been taking temporary possession of architecturally significant buildings for Man About The House – live shows melding design history, storytelling and music and design.

in March, Tim curated the exhibition Design Nation at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

Keep up to date with all Tim’s happenings through his website and by following @modernister.

Tim urges Melbourne listeners to visit the Featherston Exhibition, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, on now.

Snoop Tim and wife Michelle’s beautiful home in Hunter’s Hill, Sydney, via our feature.

Tim gushes about the Featherston House, and after seeing this feature, you surely will too.

The iconic Boyd House, which hosted a Man About The House show, also gets a loving mention.

Tim has been a passionate supporter of the Save Our Sirius movement.

We ran an Extraordinary Routines feature with Tim in 2016.

Read a chapter from Tim’s book The Rumpus Room here.


TDF has just launched a new event series @Mercedes me, Meet The Makers. It’s free, but places are limited – reserve yours here.


Mercedes me is a collaborative space in Melbourne’s CBD, where café culture meets Mercedes-Benz lifestyle. Stay up to date with their varied program of events by following

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