Tag Archives: Mid-Century Modern

George Kral

As Susan van Wyk wrote in a recent blog post, photography is a fascinating adjunct to Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design. She discusses a number of photographs of interiors by Wolfgang Sievers, which illuminate the collaborative relationship between architects and furniture …  More

A memory of ‘Tiger Stripes’

In Mid-Century Modern at NGV Australia, we see simple furniture transcend into something more than just the objects that could be found in the homes of the fifties, and in today’s retro interiors. Seeing the exhibition for the first time was …  More

Compressing concerns with mid-century foam upholstery

When we buy a piece of furniture, we scour the fine print to find those reassuring words, ‘lifetime guarantee’. However for mid-century furniture, that guarantee has almost expired. While traditional materials such as wood and natural fibres like horsehair can …  More

Michael Hirst and Mid-Century Modern

One of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement with the Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design exhibition was researching the design output of Michael Hirst (1917 – 2002). Hirst designed and manufactured a range of stylish furniture pieces, including tables, …  More

Sharp focus and an unsentimental vision

Walking through the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, I was drawn to the sharply focused black and white photographs displayed throughout the show – both hanging on the walls, and seen on the pages of the numerous interior design magazines. Alongside the furniture …  More

Digital in-fill for Turtle Soup

When the NGV’s flat textiles were assessed by textile conservators in preparation for the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, it was observed that a large section of the textile by Bee Taplin named Turtle Soup (c.1955) was missing.  It had been acquired …  More

A fine example of collaboration: furniture design, architecture and photography

Film and photography are a fascinating adjunct in Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design.  They provide glimpses of the context in which furniture was used, and a sense of the impact of new ways of living in mid-century homes and …  More