Join Australian interior designer and design educator Annalisa Capurro, aka Ms. Modernism, to hear the story of ground-breaking Australian midcentury designer and businesswoman Marion Hall Best.
Born in 1905 in a small country town, Best went on to become one of Australia’s first, and most influential interior designers. With a career spanning from the 1930s-1970s, Best is famous for her use of bold colors and patterns and her vibrant, handcrafted signature glossy wall and ceiling glazes. Credited with creating some of the most spectacular and decadent midcentury spaces in Australia, Best’s legacy is still largely unknown internationally.
Through her retail showrooms Best championed the work of local creatives, such as industrial designer Gordon Andrews, furniture designer Grant Featherston, and internationally acclaimed designer/sculptor Clement Meadmore.
Best is also acknowledged for being the first to introduce Australia to cutting edge US and European modernist furniture, wallpaper and textiles through her importation of iconic designs by the likes of Saarinen, Aarnio, Bertoia, Noguchi, Herman Miller, Marimekko, and Jim Thompson.
Now considered the first lady of Australian interior design, Best was a founding member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) and a strong advocate for the recognition of interior design and decoration as a profession.
The Marion Hall Best Collection is maintained by the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Center, Sydney and the exhibition Marion Hall Best: Interior is currently touring Australia.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Marion Hall Best in Marimekko, 1968. Photography: Rodney Weidland. Courtesy of Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museum, Room for Mary Quant, 1967. Photography: Mary White. Courtesy of Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums, Exhibition, Museum of Sydney, 2017. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums, Best’s shop on Queen Street, Woollahra, 1968. Photography: Mary White. Courtesy of Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Gift of Deirdre Broughton, Room by Marion Best and Deirdre Broughton, 1971. Photography: Michael Andrews. Courtesy Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums, Marion Hall Best on the lawn at The Grove, Woollahra, with iconic chair designs,1970. Photography: Mary White . Courtesy of Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums
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