Story: Home décor and furnishings

Early modernist interior

Early modernist interior

Cedric Firth was one of a group of young New Zealand architects who began to explore the modernist style in the 1930s. This room in Firth’s own house, built in 1941 in Karori, Wellington, shows the sparse, clean-lined but comfortable interiors that typified early New Zealand modernism. Among the items of furniture is a wooden-framed canvas deckchair that could be used inside or out.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Cedric Firth Collection
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Modernism, 1940s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013