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A10576 Chair, 'Sling chair', steel framework / leather seat and back, designed by Clement Meadmore, 1963, made by Tecno-Design 250 Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c 1984. Click to enlarge.

‘Sling’ chair by Clement Meadmore

Designed by Meadmore, Clement in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963.
This 'Sling chair', made of chromium-plated steel with a leather seat and back, was designed in Australia by Clement Meadmore of Melbourne. Although designed in 1963, the Sling chair was not produced until 1981. This example was made by Tecno-Design 250 Pty Ltd of Melbourne in about 1984.

Clement Meadmore was an Australian-born sculptor who had lived in the United States of America until his death in 2005. During the 1950s and 1960s he produced several highly original chair designs using the latest materials.


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Object Statement

Chair, 'Sling chair', steel framework / leather seat and back, designed by Clement Meadmore, 1963, made by Tecno-Design 250 Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c 1984

Physical Description

'Sling' chair, with steel framework and supports, tan leather seat and back suspended between side and back frames, designed by Clement Meadmore around 1963 but not put into production until 1981. Made by Tecno Australia, Melbourne, around 1984.



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The 'Sling chair' was designed by Clement Meadmore in 1963 but not put into production until 1981 by Tecno-Design 250 Pty Ltd in Melbourne.

Clement Meadmore [1929-2005] was born in Melbourne. He studied design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMMIT) and moved into furniture design following his graduation. Meadmore moved to New York in 1963 where he achieved international success as a sculptor.

Publicity material prepared by the manufacturer for the 'Sling chair' in the 1980s states 'the design of this chair grew out of an interest in the possibility of using the sling principle in an anatomically correct fashion, and in a way which would intrinsically include armrests. The steel structure consists of three parts: the back brace and uprights welded into a single unit, and the two front elements, each of which is attached with two screws, thus locking the leather sling in place.

The extended flat steel strips, seamed into the leather sling at each side, repeat the principle of the base, and it is this construction method that distinguishes this chair from others using a similar base, but supporting a conventionally upholstered seat and back. Because the leather is in a loose sling form, seamed between the seat and back contact areas, there is no stretching in use and no restriction of body movement even though the sling is virtually form fitting. It is as comfortable as many more complex padded and upholstered chairs. Both functionally and aesthetically the metal and leather elements are sufficiently closely integrated to form a unified whole.


Credit Line

Gift of Tecno-Design 250 Pty Ltd, 1984

Acquisition Date

30 July 1984

Cite this Object


'Sling' chair by Clement Meadmore 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 May 2020, <>


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