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Modernising Furniture: Four Melbourne Designers 1946-60

Santoro, Leanne

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This thesis seeks to address the work of Australian mid-century modern furniture designers, focusing on four Melbourne-based designers, from 1946-60. Melbourne was a creative centre during this fourteen-year period, with some of the best-known modern Australian artists and designers working out of the city. This thesis will examine the furniture designed by Fred Ward (1900-1990), Fred Lowen (1919-2005), Grant Featherston (1922-1995), and Clement Meadmore...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSantoro, Leanne
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-08T03:54:16Z
dc.date.available2019-03-08T03:54:16Z
dc.identifier.otherb59286027
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/157045
dc.description.abstractThis thesis seeks to address the work of Australian mid-century modern furniture designers, focusing on four Melbourne-based designers, from 1946-60. Melbourne was a creative centre during this fourteen-year period, with some of the best-known modern Australian artists and designers working out of the city. This thesis will examine the furniture designed by Fred Ward (1900-1990), Fred Lowen (1919-2005), Grant Featherston (1922-1995), and Clement Meadmore (1929-2005), during this time, and will answer the question of how international design as well as Australian post-war aesthetics and society were manifested through their furniture. There has yet to be a definitive account written of the work these designers produced in the post-war era, and how Melbourne as a city responded to the emerging modernism of these designers. This thesis seeks to address this gap. It will also explore the craftsmanship of the designers, the materials and production techniques used, and the styling and marketing of the furniture. It will be shown that the majority of the furniture produced by these designers sold in large quantities and was used extensively throughout Melbourne and other cities. It will also examine the legacy of mid-century modern furniture and its resurgence in popularity in recent years.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectFred Ward
dc.subjectFred Lowen
dc.subjectGrant Featherston
dc.subjectClement Meadmore
dc.subjectFler
dc.subjectMary Featherston
dc.subjectThe House of Tomorrow
dc.subjectcafe culture
dc.subjectmodernism
dc.subjectmid-century modern
dc.subjectmid-century modern furniture
dc.subjectfurniture design
dc.subjectmodern furniture
dc.subjectAustralian furniture
dc.subjectMelbourne furniture
dc.subjectDIY furniture
dc.subject1956 Melbourne Olympics
dc.subjectthe International style
dc.subjectBauhaus
dc.subjectCharles Eames
dc.subjectRay Eames
dc.subjectEames furniture
dc.subjectRobin Boyd
dc.subjectICI House
dc.subjectpost-war Australia
dc.subjectAustralian houses
dc.subjectflat pack furniture
dc.titleModernising Furniture: Four Melbourne Designers 1946-60
dc.typeThesis (Honours)
local.contributor.supervisorMontana, Andrew
local.contributor.supervisorcontactandrew.montana@anu.edu.au
dcterms.valid2013
local.description.notesthe author deposited 8/03/19
local.type.degreeOther
dc.date.issued2013
local.contributor.affiliationSchool of Cultural Inquiry, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5c82370bc6d09
local.identifier.proquestYes
local.mintdoimint
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