“Brave New World: Australia 1930s” Opens at the National Gallery of Victoria

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jul 28, 2017

Baroness Maie Casey was not only highly accomplished – a poet, memoirist, artist and aviatrix – but a patron of modern design. She even produced a book of verse, illustrated by textile designer Frances Burke. Most prominent among the many creatives Casey commissioned was Fred Ward, who designed the furniture for her Canberra home in the 1930s. Casey championed the Melbourne designer’s work over four decades. As wife of Governor-General Richard Casey, she also commissioned Ward to design furniture for Yarralumla, Canberra, and the aides’ quarters at Admiralty House, Sydney.

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