Kjell Grant: Australian Design Luminary

Curated by Simone LeAmon

For the first time in Australia Planex presents the design and artwork of Kjell Grant. Celebrated in a survey exhibition curated by Planex creative director Simone LeAmon the Planex showroom plays host to furniture, ceramics, textiles and painting, spanning a career of 50-years.

An industrial designer and architect Kjell Grant commenced his career in 1947 studying under the notable sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth at the RCA in London and Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. With an illustrious career in product design Kjell Grant has developed products for Cartier, Orrefors, Knoll, Rosenthal and Raymond Loewy N.Y, most notable are his furniture commissions for renowned Australian architects Robyn Boyd, Sir Roy Grounds and Harry Seidler. In 1967 Kjell Grant designed the furniture for the Australian Pavilion at the Montreal Exposition in Canada. The Montreal Chairs resulting from this project are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Kjell Grant is a dedicated teacher and design educator having mentored and inspired hundreds of young Australian designers through the ‘Melbourne Movement’ initiative. Kjell Grant is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.

28 November 2007 – 31 January 2008
Planex . Richmond, Victoria

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