The Masters of Design are coming to the National Wool Museum…

Posted 13 September 2018

The Masters of Design are coming to Geelong in September 2018 with two bold new exhibitions opening at the National Wool Museum to celebrate the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

Masters: Art of the Precious Metal Object is a premiere Australian exhibition showcasing spectacular design, exceptional works and authentic practice from eleven masters of contemporary Australian goldsmithing, silversmithing and enamelling.

“As an iconic Geelong destination, the National Wool Museum played a pivotal role in the city becoming a UNESCO City of Design. This exhibition ‘double bill’ boldly acknowledges the past, present and future of Australian design and I highly recommend that locals and visitors to the region experience these two fantastic exhibitions at the National Wool Museum.” said Mayor Bruce Harwood, City of Greater Geelong.

Guest curated by the award winning Geelong based Gold and Silversmith, Victoria Edgar and NWM Director Padraic Fisher, Masters: Art of the Precious Metal Object will reveal the exquisite artistry and contemporary craftsmanship in jewellery making in Australia today.Running alongside Masters: Art of the Precious Metal Object is an exhibition celebrating the career of one of the independent and most influential Australian interior designers, Marion Hall Best. Described as electrifying,vital and avant-garde, Best’s interior decorating schemes were unashamedly modern – with her interiordecorating style vibrating with colour through her signature glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings.

“Marion Hall Best had a love of colour and an uncanny ability to use it to transform a room. Best’s ability to transform space through colour has rarely been matched. Her work, once seen, was seldom forgotten.” – Michael Lech, Exhibition Curator, Sydney Living Museums

With her work appearing in popular magazines and newspapers, exhibition display rooms and in her two shops in Queen Street, Woollahra (1939–74) and Rowe Street, Sydney (1949–61) as well as in private collections, Marion Hall Best was inspired by the modernist movement and colour theory of artists of the interwar years – and is attributed with introducing international modernism to the Australian market through importing furniture and furnishings from all over the world. Marion Hall Best: Interiors is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

“Masters: Art of the Precious Metal Object will feature over 60 pieces of exquisite pieces from eleven of Australia’s Master Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Enamel Artists – with many of the works created specifically for the exhibition.” Padraic Fisher, Director, National Wool Museum said.

MHB/P/53. A display room from the Rooms on View exhibition, 1967. The exhibition was organised by The Black and White Committee of the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales, to aid the Royal Blind Society, and was held at the Daily Telegraph Home Centre, Park Street, Sydney, 9 October-29 October, 1967. The exhibition showcased 12 major displays, each one created by a member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia and inspired by a well-known person. This room was created by Marion Best Pty Ltd for fashion designer Mary Quant, and features an Asko Globe chair, Jo Colombo Sella armchair, Gabianelli tiles and Karhula ittala lights.
This photograph is part of the Marion Hall Best archive. For full detail on this object refer to HHT Library Catalogue.

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