Following the Second World War, modernism started to influence Australian homes and decor and the innovative Melbourne furniture design firm Fler became very successful throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Fred Lowen and Ernest Rodeck both Jewish migrants who had fled Nazi Europe, arriving in Australia in September 1940 via the Dunera became friends and business partners and founded Fler furniture.
In 1948 with the help of Fred Ward (furniture designer for Myers at the time) Fler began to produce simple dining room chairs. From then on they released a string of popular, contemporary pieces using Australian woods in a lighter style to the then popular bulky English furniture. The SC55 and SC58 armchairs (designed 1955-1958) and Narvik dining and lounge range in 1961 are classic examples of the sleek Fler aesthetic.
The Fler company was later sold and in the 1960′s Lowen started Tessa furniture which became a household name for quality contemporary furniture and is still in operation today. Classic Tessa designs include the T8 chaise , the T4 lounge chair and the Wegner-like T5 lounge. Lowen's innovative and stunning T4 hammock design wowed them at the Cologne fair in 1971.
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