mid-century modern in melbourne

i’m quite positive i was born in the wrong decade. furniture, architecture, fashion, cars, film and music of the 1950’s speaks to my soul. this decade overflows with brilliant design, inspiration and elegance.
oh, to have been in my early twenties during that time.

queen’s birthday public holiday, today, monday 09 june 2014, we’ll take it, thanks and happy birthday liz!

a fresh winter’s afternoon here with the sun making an appearance every now and then. mr. vinyl [also a lover of mid-century modern anything] and i thought it the perfect opportunity to catch the tram into the city and drool over the mid-century modern, australian furniture design exhibition at the national gallery of victoria.

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the exhibition focuses on the work of grant featherston, clement meadmore, douglas snelling, gordon andrews, fred Lowen, lester bunbury and schulim krimper. it also includes designs by visual artists such as robert klippel and janet dawson.

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the exhibition was wonderfully styled with large wallpaper sized prints of mcm interiors and magazines of the era.

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douglas snelling arm chair and rocker. we have a couple of armchairs with black webbing and a dining chair with white webbing. [that rocker didn’t quite fit in my pocket.]

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the kone chair by roger mclay. we came across one of these about 20 years ago, sadly we couldn’t afford it at the time. we’ve come across a couple over the years and the price has well and truly tripled since that day. you can imagine how upsetting it is when we think of ‘the one that got away’.

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grant featherston, quite the prolific furniture designer.

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douglas snelling.

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clement meadmore.

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the sling chair by clement meadmore. these two didn’t fit in my pocket either.

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mr. vinyl.

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the stem chair by grant featherston.

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if you love mcm furniture, i highly recommend you have a look see. the exhibition is on until 19 october.

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it was a great afternoon of admiring, big sighs and wishing, all of which take it out of you. that’s us outside acmi, federation square. on our way out, on a mission to inhale some coffee.

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the forum theatre designed by american architect john eberson and opened in 1929. obviously not mcm but very impressive none the less.

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get well malcolm young [ac/dc lane]

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mr. vinyl waiting for coffee at cumulus inc.

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flat white for him.. soy café latté for her. mission accomplished.
love, mx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
  • candace June 10, 2014 at 6:49 am

    what a gorgeous day you two had!!! sigh*
    the displays are so beautifully seen by you!!
    wish i could’ve tagged along!!
    xo

    • m2matiz June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      thank you very much c! i was thinking of you, you were with us in spirit. xo

  • Vanessa June 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Nom nom! All of it.
    I’ll try to squeeze in a look see in September as we are coming down for him to see that ‘thing’
    x v x