Marion Hall Best: Interiors

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Marion Best 'A room for Mary Quant' NOBA
Photograph: Mary White Marion Best 'A room for Mary Quant'

Explore the colourful design history of the 'Mother of Australian Modernism'

Canter through the colourful career of one of the country's most influential interior designers, Marion Hall Best. The exhibition explores Best's modernist furniture, bright patterned fabrics, and bold furnishings, which earned her much respect during a career spanning from the mid–1930s onwards, a time when the term 'interior designer' was just invented, to the 1970s.

Best brought international modernism to her shops in Rowe Street Sydney and Queen Street Woollahra. She was one of the first to import textiles by Marimekko and Jim Thompson as well as furniture by Saarinen, Bertoia, Aarnio, Danese Milano and McGuire Company. This Sydney Living Museums collection will showcase pieces like these, alongside vignettes of her signature designs and rare photographs.

To complement the exhibition, some of the city's best designers, creative minds, architects and historians will dig into the themes and stories behind the collection. Hear from the likes of ex-Vogue Living editor David Clarke, Dinosaur Designs founder Liane Rossler, and curators Michael Lech and Rebecca Hawcroft, as they weigh in on mid-century interior design and architecture. Bookings for each panel are essential, with talks taking place on Sundays throughout the exhibition's duration from 2pm.

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