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Pan-Pacific modernism

Pan-Pacific modernism

In the 1950s Auckland interior decorator John Crichton was a leading exponent of pan-Pacific modernism, which integrated elements of Japanese, American, Australian and Pacific Island design style. This view of the interior of his shop in Kitchener Street shows some of the items that were popularised through this style, including sling chairs, mats woven from natural materials and tropical indoor plants. Crichton also emphasised the importance of lighting for creating different effects in interiors. 

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Modernism, 1940s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013