Twiggy, the face of 66 – became the world’s first super-model when posing stylishly and very simply on a ‘modernist’ chair, or should we say a piece of ‘equipment for the home’? Well that is at least how Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier one of the great architectural pioneers of what is now called modern architecture, saw it.
Standing silently and stylishly, as curated by Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna, an eclectic collection of chairs will go on display during March 2015 a major installation at the National Trust Australia (Victoria) heritage property Labassa, at North Caulfield in Melbourne, which it saved from demolition in 1980.
The show The Chair at Labassa will be open by Trust volunteers the Friends of Labassa on Saturdays and Sundays throughout March, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The collection will showcase various styles and eras, materials and designs from the fashionable to the fastidious, from the garish to the quirky and from high society to hippie culture. Many chairs belonged to former residents.
On Sundays March 1, 8, 22nd and 29th a lecture events program will also see participants journeying through time while seated in style in the marvellous surroundings of the Music Room at Labassa. Those attending will discover there is much more behind the production of a chair than first meets the eye. Talks begin 1st March: About The Chair – Curator’s Talk, Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna
8th March: Furnishing a Gentleman’s Country House; Chippendale, Trotter and the Paxton Style – with National Trust Australia (Victoria) CEO Martin Purslow
22nd March: Aalto to Ikea, with English guest lecturer Dr. Paul Atterbury FRSA (of Antiques Roadshow fame) who is renowned as a freelance writer, lecturer, broadcaster and exhibition curator.
29 March: Chairs: A Status Odyssey – Ancient Greece to The Georgians with Carolyn McDowall LFRSA, (The Culture Concept) who will guide participants on an armchair odyssey from antiquity to the modern age. Come to The Chair at Labassa: 2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North, Victoria 3161… Please note 15 March – will be a regular open day without a presentation when guides will give thought provoking tours of the house. Presentation tickets for the talks include entry into the exhibition from 10.30am onwards and afternoon tea afterwards. Admission charges apply…INFORMATION & ONLINE BOOKINGS