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Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design

When: 20 November - 3 March 2019
Where: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston St, University of Melbourne
How much: Free
More info: Ian Potter Museum of Art

Before Clement Meadmore was a world-renowned sculptor, he was an innovative industrial designer. Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design is on now until 19 March 2019, at The Ian Potter Museum of Art.

During the 1950s and early 60s, Meadmore produced a small range of furniture and lighting designs that were popular with artists, designers and architects of the period, including Robin Boyd, Neil Clerehan and Peter McIntyre.

The result of more than 10 years’ research, this exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see original furniture and lighting Meadmore designed for the modernist interiors of the Legend Espresso and Milk Bar and the Teahouse. It will also include items from the collection of the guest curators, Dean Kemp and Jeromie Mavey. Alongside the iconic designs, the experience will be enriched by archival images, documents and interviews with colleagues connected to the Melbourne art, jazz and design scenes of the 1950s that so heavily influenced his design practice.

Main image: the interior of the Legend Espresso and Milk Bar, 1956. Image supplied by the Ian Potter Museum of Art