I know it may sound a little odd or a tad obsessive but I have
to confess that I have a bit of a thing for chairs. At one point I
had 27 chairs nestled and squeezed into every available space
in the apartment, including 5 stacked in the wardrobe in the
spare (read storage) room.
A chair is a thing of great beauty, and comfort too if that’s
important to you. Chairs come in all sorts of shapes and
sizes, they are also made out of a plethora of materials.
It’s hard to beat a well designed seat, and when it comes
to great Australian designs it’s hard to go past household
names such as Grant Featherston, Clement Meadmore,
Gordon Andrews and Douglas Snelling.
It’s worth noting that outside of the mainstream were another
group of cabinetmakers producing modernist furniture, but with
a strong European flavour. The furniture of Schulim Krimper,
a craftsman who arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 1939,
is well represented in public galleries and private collections.
Although Krimper’s furniture is highly prized and outside
of the price range of many collectors, his Melbourne
contempories such as Gerrard and Isobel Doube,
Rosando Bros, and Dario Zoureff present real opportunities
for lovers of Australian post-war furniture.
Look out for the characteristic wishbone legs on Rosando
lounge suites, or the beautiful hardwood timbers favoured
by Zoureff. My partner and I recently picked up a Zoureff
1950’s nest of tables for far less than what you would pay
at a department store for an inferior particle board product.
Apart from the above mentioned designers there were loads
of furniture makers and small factories who operated
throughout the post-war period. Infact, some of my favorite
pieces have been made by unknown designers.
Australian post-war Furniture may not be as popular as the
the American and Scandinavian furniture designs, but it
does offer something quite unique, and that’s a chance to
enjoy modernist designs, help the environment by
recycling existing pieces, and preserve our design heritage
from the comfort of a beautiful chair.