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85/930 Chair and foot stool, wood / cane, [foot stool designed by George Korody / chair designed by Bernard Jones], said to have been purchased at Artes Studios Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1954. Click to enlarge.

Chair and foot stool possibly designed by George Korody

It is thought that this coachwood and cane footstool was designer by the Hungarian architect and professor, George Korody, while the chair was designed by Bernard Jones in about 1954.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Australia benefited immeasurably from the immigration of many designers from war-ravaged Europe. Architects, furniture designers and makers, graphic designers and photographers introduced sophisticated concepts that helped energise and redirect local design.

In a country dominated …


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Object Statement

Chair and foot stool, wood / cane, [foot stool designed by George Korody / chair designed by Bernard Jones], said to have been purchased at Artes Studios Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1954

Physical Description

Chair and footstool of cane with [coachwood] frame;the chair with cane shell framed with wooden toprail and shaped and curved back uprights and seatrails. Curved wooden armrests on shaped and tapering front legs with stretcher. Bowed back legs with two stretchers, the lower one angled. Rectangular footstool of cane framed with wood on four wooden legs with tapering inner edge.



Advice March 2014 suggests the stool was possibly designed by George Korody, while the chair seems to have been designed by Bernard Jones. Original receipt on file from Artes Studios documents a chair and stool - but whether these two is unclear.



George Korody was a Hungarian-born architect and university lecturer who in addition to making furniture founded in the late 1940s (with the daughter of the Belgian Consul Elsie Segeart) the most enduring of Australian design stores – Artes Studios. Initially the outlet was formed to retail Korody's own furniture, including the armchair and footstool in the Museum's collection (85/930). Korody didn't mark or label his furniture so a good provenance to the Artes outlet is essential and allows a catalogue of work to be accumulated by which other examples can be identified. In this way the chair and stool in the Powerhouse were bought by the original owners from Artes, according to the still-existing receipt, on 22 January 1954. Korody's furniture has been described as satisfying the growing local demand for 'moderately priced, informal furniture designed along simple modern lines to suit the new post-war interiors' (Watson). Korody liked distinctive and quirky elements in his furniture including a fondness for incorporating black vitrolite glass in tables and trollies. Some of his chair designs appear to have been heavily influenced by the work of Jean Prouve. This chair and stool were made either by Leibowitz or Mitrovitz – two manufacturers in Surry Hills, Sydney used by Artes.

In the early 1950s Artes was joined by Dick van Leer and in 1954 the showroom moved to premises at 539 George Street (where it remained until the 1970s) and Van Leer continued to run the business after Korody died in 1957. From this time Artes imported furniture and decorative arts from Europe and Britain and in the Powerhouse are two bowls by Lucie Rie of London (90/1073 and 90/1074) which had been originally purchased by the donors from Artes Studios in the early 1960s.

In 1979 Artes was bought by Kevin Jarrett who had managed it since the mid 70s and in 1986 Artes merged with Arredorama and is today known as Space Furniture; still under the ownership of Jarrett. As Anne Watson notes, 'Artes Studios consistent advocacy of good design principles played an important role in educating Australian taste and establishing high standards for the local design profession and the furniture industry.' George Korody and other European emigres around the time of WWII such as Paul Kafka, Schulim Krimper and Steven Kalmar played a leading role in the establishment of increasingly sophisitcated and modern interior design in Australia.

Paul Donnelly, Curator

This statement is based on Anne Watson's article. 'Artes Studios: pioneering good design', Furniture History Society Newsletter, Feb 2001 National Gallery Victoria, 'One hundred modern chairs', No. 82.
Ken Neale – personal communication


Credit Line

Gift of Miss F Dodd, 1985

Acquisition Date

20 June 1985

Cite this Object


Chair and foot stool possibly designed by George Korody 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2021, <>


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