Plans attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright
Dr Henry W. Fogl & Dr Stephanie Way
East Lindfield, NSW
4 Bed, Study / 5th Bed, 3.5 Bath, 2 Car (Garaged) & Pool
Two-storey house in a V-plan, with main living spaces to North
© Michael Nicholson
Fogl House has a story that is so extraordinary that the country’s leading interior design authority were called-in to advise. As a result, a film was made, documenting the most extensive and intact works by one of Australia’s greatest interior designers of the twentieth-century, Paul Kafka. The story takes an extraordinary turn and leads to a giant amongst residential architects of the Modern era, Frank Lloyd Wright.
“A strikingly simple façade has quietly kept a secret, known only to the family and a close circle of friends. Fifty years later, the story is shared on film as a loving testament to the legacy of Dr Henry W. Fogl & Dr Stephanie Way.”
Presented by Tim Ross
Directed by Andrew Garrick
Produced by Shelley Kemp
Cinematography: Dave May & James Gilligan
Music Composer: Kit Warhurst
Audio Mix: Dave Perry
In preparing the house for sale we were kindly given a bundle of papers from the house which we had the pleasure of working through, only to realise that what might have so easily been thrown away, provided the evidence to the background and extent of the beautifully designed interiors, the highlight being the formal lounge and dining.
With special thanks to
Robert Williams Consultancy
We sincerely thank Robert at Robert Williams Consultancy, not only for his time to discuss the find but also his shared enthusiasm to engage the leading authority on Kafka by inviting them to view the house.
Robert Williams Consultancy has catalogued the extensive collection of fixtures and fittings at Fogl House. He can be contacted at rwconsultancy.com.au to provide his expert opinion.
With special thanks to
Sydney Living Museums
We sincerely thank Michael & Megan at Sydney Living Museums, not only for their time but also their expert opinion, confirming a find that is unlikely to be repeated.
Sydney Living Museums has independently photographed the house and will hold on record the provenance of the house (even down to the lighting brochure) at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. The collections of Sydney Living Museums can be seen at sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/research-collections/library
“Sydney Living Museums have been to see the house and they have declared that it is exceptionally intact and likely the most extensive example, with documentation, of the work of Paul Kafka, renowned Viennese-born furniture designer.”
“To have a house that has such a strong interior and architectural story is rare. Especially, one that has not been documented.”
“The story of the plans could be the subject of a book in its own right. We are happy to speak to the architectural media about these findings which are fascinating and potentially highly controversial.”