Fred Ward was one of Australia's earliest industrial designers to establish and maintain a professional design practice, creating elegant, practical, modern furniture that is regarded as among the best Australian design of the twentieth century. The exhibition is the first in a series of yearly retrospectives that the GAD plans to undertake devoted to the most significant figures in Australian design history. It is produced to coincide with a major new biography of Fred Ward by Canberra resident Derek Wrigley, who himself is a significant designer and was a long-time collaborator and assistant to Ward.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Mr John Hindmarsh, AM & Cre8ive
Architecture Media, Jim Murphy Cellars, Schobers
Patterncraft chair, c.1947, private collection
Wastepaper basket, c.1964, National Library of Australia, Canberra
Drawers, c.1931, private collection
Blueprint chair, c.1931, private collection
Photographs: Ben Wrigley