I can't get enough of Marion Hall Best and #themoderns at #museumofsydney, the unsung heroes who transformed Sydney with European sophistication grounded in beautiful craftsmanship, quality construction and innovative ideas for living... 🏆It is an important time to reflect and learn from these design successes of the past so we might make better cities for the future....
If you have enjoyed following my research and are in Sydney please come along Sunday Oct 1st to a talk that highlights lots of discoveries about modernist emigre furniture designers with a panel of my go to experts; Andrew Shapiro @shapirosydney , curator and researcher @catriona_quinn and Artes Studio nut and super collector Jeromie Maver. Tickets via @sydlivmus Modernist Season talk series. 📷 Paul Kafka chair and Steven Kalmar table nest collection CSRL @sydlivmus
In 'The Moderns', we meet the men and women who invented and shaped Midcentury Modern graphic design in America. Some are well-known, others are honored in this volume for the first time, and together they comprised a movement that changed our design world.
Find out more about #modernist#furniture and #design with our exciting Making Australian Modernism: furniture talk 1 October. Learn more about the people, processes and practices instrumental in defining #modernist aesthetic in Australia from a great line up including #themoderns curator Rebecca Hawcroft @othermoderns and speakers Andrew Shapiro; Century Fine and Decorative Arts auctioneer from @shapirosydney, Jeromie Maver; researcher and collector of mid-century design and Catriona Quinn; curator @catriona_quinn Secure your tickets via our website - link in profile. Part of our exciting talk series accompanying #themoderns#marionhallbest exhibitions now on. Image: Private Collection. Interior of Stossel House, Lindfield (1949), with furniture made by P E Kafka
"Among our Continental friends exclusive furniture has always been very popular. During the past years I have enjoyed fulfilling the "dreams" of my clientele by introducing both European style and craftsmanship to Australian homes." This was how Viennese émigré designer Paul Kafka announced the relocation of his furniture factory to 161 Botany Road, Waterloo in 1949. PE Kafka Modern Exclusive Furniture set the standard for custom made furniture in post-war Sydney; using high quality timbers and exceptionally well made, for many in Sydney’s émigré community owning Kafka furniture was sign you had made it. Kafka cocktail cabinet from c.1947 from the @mass collection on display at Museum of Sydney @sydlivmus now #themoderns
Hungarian interior and furniture designer Steven Kalmar was a household name in the 1950s and 60s. Advertisements for his Rowe Street store Kalmar Interiors, appeared in nearly every issue of Australian House & Garden magazine during the early 50s, asking 'Do you need modern furniture?’ Kalmar later become a design authority, penning a weekly home improvement and renovation column, ‘You and your home with Steven Kalmar’ in the Sunday Telegraph from 1961 to 1975. He then wrote on design for Women’s World (later Woman’s Day) until 1981. The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney at the Museum of Sydney features this Kalmar furniture from the collection of @twentiethcenturykenneale@slm and @ali_in_situ 👍🏼