Last night I had the pleasure of previewing the Mid Century Modern Australian Furniture Design exhibition at the NGV, Federation Square. Curator, Kirsty Grant, was kind enough to take a small group of us on a guided tour of this wonderful exhibition which showcases furniture by Australian designers from the 1940s through to the 1970s. The collection is emblematic of a post-war Australia where traditional, conservative approaches to furniture design gave way to more innovative, international styles.
The exhibition includes pieces from Grant Featherston, Clement Meadmore, Gordon Andres, Douglas Snelling, Fred Lowen and Schulim Krimper, as well as concept sketches and video footage of the pieces in use back in their heyday. It is a truly remarkable exhibition and I would encourage everyone to see it.
(Sadly my camera ran out of battery halfway through the tour so there is a large chunk of the exhibition not captured in the photos below – yet another reason to get along and see this fantastic exhibition for yourself!)
Mid Century Modern Australian Furniture Design is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 30 May to 19 October 2014. Open 10am–5pm, closed Mondays. Admission fees apply: Adult $10 | Concession $7 | Children (16 and under) Free.