Armchair by Fred Ward for the University of Sydney Club

Made by Ward, Fred in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1960-1961.

Fred Ward is a major figure in the history of Australian design. Born in 1900 in Melbourne, he trained at the National Gallery School and began his career as a newspaper illustrator. During the late 1920s he began manufacturing his own furniture designs. In the early 1930s Ward was asked by Myer Emporium Ltd to open a modern furniture department within its Melbourne store. During the 30s and after military service in the early 1940s Ward designed furniture ranges for the store as well as providi...


Armchair of [blackwood], the ladder back of four horizontal rails with shaped armrests attached between the first and second rails and each armrest supported by an upright connected to the seat and side stretchers; the seat with raised edges to take a drop-in cushion (missing) and supported on four tapered legs joined at the sides by stretchers, these in turn joined by a single cross stretcher attached using the designer's 'signature' exposed mortice and tenon joints.


Designed 1960-61 by Fred Ward according to university records documenting the commission. Made by Edward Hill & Co., Sydney, a cabinet-making firm established in the (1930s) and specialising in stylish, high quality cabinet work
Ward, Fred 1960-1961


Gift of University of Sydney Club, 2003
3 February, 2003

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Armchair by Fred Ward for the University of Sydney Club 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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