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by stapletonm
posted 20/02/2019

Modern Interiors – 21st February 2019.

If, like me, you’ve always been interested in interior design, then tune into  Arts Thursday for a conversation with Catriona Quinn a former curator at Sydney Living Museums best known for her expertise in 20th century Australian interior design and decoration.

Catriona was curator of the groundbreaking 1993 exhibition, Sydney Style: Marion Hall Best Interior Designer and her recent research projects have included the design practices of Schulim Krimper, Margo Lewers, Noel Coulson, Décor Associates and the Society of Interior Designers of Australia. Her history of the Gerstl Furniture company is published in The Other Moderns (New South, 2017). Catriona is a PhD candidate at the UNSW.

I’m speaking to Catriona about her research on 20th century modernism in Australian interiors, which will extend our perception on the taste and ideas behind this period.

Then come along to Chee Soon & Fitzgerald, the iconic design shop, which was a well-known presence in Crown Street for many years. It was remarkable not only for the stock carried in the store – but also for having some of the most eye catching windows in town.

Bryan Fitzgerald and Casey Khik will be discussing how the business began and how it survives today in an internet-driven world; as well as highlights such as taking on the agency for Marimekko in Australia and what they now collect and sell in their new premises in Redfern.



Catriona Quinn: You can contact Catriona via email catrionaquinn25@gmail.com or follow her instagram @catriona_quinn and she often uses the hashtag #interiordesignhistory

If you would like to hear Catriona in person, she is speaking at Canberra Modern on Marimekko, as part of their festival. Join the mail list for www.canberramodern.com or follow  @canberra_modern to be informed of dates and booking information.

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald: www.cheesoonfitzgerald.com or their instagram @cheesoonfitzgerald


The whole program can be heard on demand through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 21 February 2019.

And watch out for individual podcasts.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations, behind-the-scenes views and in-depth coverage of Sydney’s culture, arts stories and issues.


Mid century modern images taken from Beryl Guertner’s Australian Book of Furnishing and Decoration c1960

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald courtesy of Bryan Fitzgerald and Casey Khik


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