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Mid-century interior design, furniture making & architecture
Join influential architects, historians and design professionals as they further explore the themes and stories behind our Marion Hall Best: Interiors and The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney exhibitions now on at Museum of Sydney.

Hear engaging panel discussions and talks on mid-century interior design, furniture making and architecture from speakers including curators Michael Lech and Rebecca Hawcroft; ex-Vogue editor David Clark; 19th and 20th Century Fine and Decorative Arts auctioneer Andrew Shapiro and more.

Talks will be from 2pm to 3.30pm on Sundays at the Museum of Sydney and include entry to both exhibitions.

Sitting room at the Crebbin House, Castlecrag NSW, c1967; interior design Marion Best Pty Ltd. Photo © Mary White, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

  • Marion Hall Best & Australian interior design

    Sunday 10 September

    Join design experts for this panel discussion about the career, impact and legacy of Marion Hall Best, one of Australia's first independent interior designers.

    David Clark, one of Australia's foremost design commentators chairs a panel of guest speakers: Tina Engelen (interior designer, CO-AP architects), Michael Bogle (design historian) and Michael Lech (curator of Marion Hall Best: Interiors) as they discuss the impact, influence and legacy of Marion Hall Best and her contemporaries of the time and how interior design differs today.

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    Dining table Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Photograph (c) Brenton McGeachie, Sydney Living Museums

  • Making Australian Modernism: furniture

    Sunday 1 October

    Join the Moderns: European Designers in Sydney exhibition curator Rebecca Hawcroft, as she presents an expert panel discussion revealing the people, processes and practices of the furniture makers and designers whose work was instrumental in defining the modernist aesthetic in Australia from often anonymous cabinetmakers to known designers and retail outlets.

    Speakers include 20th Century Fine and Decorative Arts auctioneer Andrew Shapiro.

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    Franklin House, Waverly (demolished) designed by Hugh Buhrich. Photograph by Max Dupain, May 1958. Max Dupain & Associates Archive: 2975-4, State Library of NSW. Courtesy and © J W Thompson Australia.

  • Making Australian Modernism: architecture

    Sunday 22 October

    The story of Modernist architecture in Australia is a story of new ideas finding distinct expression in new environments.

    Hear from a panel of speakers whose work and lives reflect the story of Australian Modernism through personal and professional journeys, focusing on the way Australian architects drew influence from Europe in developing a local Modernist vocabulary.

    Speakers include Tone Wheeler, architect and Catherine Lassen, architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney.

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    'The sunroom', from: Anne Stewart, The colorful home, Taubmans Ltd, Sydney, c1955. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums

  • Modern but not Minimalist

    Sunday 12 November

    We are all familiar with the white box modernist interiors of the 1950s and 1960s but what about designers that were not working in a minimalist style?

    Why is it that we seem to remember only the minimalist Modernists? Join us for an engaging panel discussion which explores a range of forgotten designers working in highly ornate and often baroque style and looks at why being 'modern' does not have to mean being 'minimalist'.

    Speakers include, former MAAS curator and Professor of Interiors Architecture program, Judith O'Callaghan (chair), Rebecca Hawcroft curator of The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney, design historian Catriona Quinn and special guest.

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    Book your tickets here. Simply show your talk ticket at The Governor's Table restaurant to enjoy a pre-talk lunch including a main meal and wine for $32.

    WeekendNotes subscribers can also go into the draw to WIN a double pass to one of the Modernist Exhibition Talk Series events!

    To go into the draw, all you have to do is email your contact details (name, email address and mobile) to for a chance to win. Please note, double passes are limited to one entrant. The lucky winners will be notified by email.

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    When: 10 Sept, 1 & 22 Oct, 12 Nov, 2pm-3.30pm
    Phone: 2 8239 2288
    Where: Museum of Sydney
    Cost: General: $30, Concession: $25, Member: $20, Series Ticket - General (All 4 talks): $100, Series Ticket - Concession (All 4 talks): $90, Series Ticket Member (All 4 Talks): $70
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