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2003/108/1 Day bed, fabric / wood / metal / foam, designed by Marion Hall Best, made by A. E. Moulen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1960. Click to enlarge.

Day bed by Marion Hall Best

Made by Moulen, A E, c. 1960.

One of Australia’s most important and influential 20th century interior designers, Marion Hall Best’s early design career developed out of the contacts she made in Sydney’s art and design circles in the 1920s and 30s and her own personal interests, particularly her passion for colour. Attending Thea Procter’s Sydney painting classes in the late 20s, Best remarked: ‘I knew I wanted to work in big areas of colour in a three-dimensional way which belonged to living spaces.’(quoted in Catriona Quinn...


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Object Statement

Day bed, fabric / wood / metal / foam, designed by Marion Hall Best, made by A. E. Moulen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1960

Physical Description

Day bed or couch with a back rest of three low, rectangular cushions decorated with a row of covered buttons resting on three larger, square cushions forming the seat or reclining surface; the cushions upholstered in a stripey olive [wool] fabric and supported on a rectangular wooden [coachwood] and hessian base raised on six short cylindrical wooden [coachwood] legs terminating in copper ferrules.


No marks



675 mm


760 mm



The day bed was designed by Marion Hall Best in the 1960s. Similar examples of Best's furniture are shown in Michaela Richards, 'The Best Style', 1993, pp46, 67.

The day bed was made by A E Moulen, a Sydney cabinet-maker who did other work for Marion Hall Best. (See M. Richards, 'The Best Style', p46-47. Maker also verified by Ann Gyngell who worked for Best in the 1960s)

The 1960 date is by Ann Gyngell who worked for Best in the 1960s and is approximate.


Moulen, A E c. 1960



The donor speculates that the day bed may have been used in the Crebbin house (Castlecrag) during the 1960s. The day bed appeared on the market about the time elements from the Crebbin interiors were auctioned by Lawson's, Sydney. Best designed a number of notable interiors for the Crebbins.


Credit Line

Gift of Chee Soon & Fitzgerald, Sydney, 2003

Acquisition Date

8 July 2003

Cite this Object


Day bed by Marion Hall Best 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 April 2019, <>


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