Curated by Dean Keep and Jeromie Maver, the exhibition is the result of over ten years of research, and tells the story of Meadmore’s design practice, featuring more than a hundred exhibits, including his iconic experimental corded chairs. (Feature image - The Tea House circa 1958, Private Collection)


Meadmore designed his first chair in 1951. The steel rod and corded dining chair became an instant hit with prominent architects and interior designers of the time, including Robin Boyd.

“While other furniture designers of the 1950s were designing for mass production for a specific market, Meadmore was more interested in testing out creative ideas. He was an artist with an extraordinary sense of design. His chairs are like sculptures that facilitate the act of sitting,” explains co-curator Dean Keep.

Images of Meadmore’s interior designs for the Legend Espresso and Milk Bar that opened in 1956 for the Melbourne Olympics feature in the exhibition, along with a large collection of lighting, graphic design and interior design, and never-before-seen sculpture.

Rare archival images from private collections, documents and interviews with Meadmore’s family and friends, reveal how important Meadmore’s life and work is to the industrial design history of Australia.

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design 20 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

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