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91/1326 Chair, 'Michael Hirst' chair, plastic-coated steel, designed by Clement Meadmore (1959), made by Michael Hirst Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1959-1965. Click to enlarge.

'Michael Hirst' Chair by Clement Meadmore

During the 1950s, Clement Meadmore was known as one of Australia's most prominent young designers. He later became an internationally renowned sculptor.

In the fifties, his designs for furniture and lighting were promoted nationally through journals and magazines such as 'Architecture and Arts'. Stools form part of Meadmore's line of steel rod furniture, which included chairs, at least one table, bookshelves and lamps.


Object No.


Object Statement

Chair, 'Michael Hirst' chair, plastic-coated steel, designed by Clement Meadmore (1959), made by Michael Hirst Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1959-1965

Physical Description

White plasticised metal frame, splayed legs. Frame for back and seat made of a grid, converging towards top of tapering back rest.


No marks



945 mm


410 mm


440 mm




Clement Meadmore was an important Australian furniture and interior designer of the 1950s. He worked as a sculptor in New York in the late 1980s.



A collection of these Clement Meadmore 'Michael Hirst' chairs were purchased for use in The Embers nightclub in Melbourne around 1960. They appear in Bruno Benini fashion photographs (2009/43/-5) and also in the Crestknit 'Modern fashion trio' fashion advertisements published in Vogue Australia Summer 1960 (p34) and Vogue Australia Spring 1960 (p21). In these publicity shots, The Embers Nighclub chairs appear to be painted black with soft dusty pink cushions.

The Embers Nightclub (formerly known as Claridges) was on Toorak Road, South Yarra. The proprietor was Jimmy Noel. This intimate nightclub hosted leading American jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine and Oscar Peterson who performed with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. Australian musicians were also invited to perform, including pianist Peter (Chet) Clark who often also opened many of the legendary American performances.

Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator, 2013

Alex Hutchinson, 'Nostalgia', The Fab Fifties Musos Group, The Jazz Archiv
http://www.jazzlegend.com/fab50s/jazzArchives.html (Accessed 19 August 2013)
Biography, Peter Clark. http://www.artjazz88.com/pages/bio-1.html (Accessed 19 August 2013)


Credit Line

Purchased 1991

Acquisition Date

18 November 1991

Cite this Object


'Michael Hirst' Chair by Clement Meadmore 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 May 2021, <https://ma.as/112390>


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This object is currently on display in Art & Design at the Museums Discovery Centre.