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The birth of the new suburb

Melbourne expanded dramatically in the 1950s and '60s, with new suburbs boasting modern homes and décor often influenced by Swedish design. The migration to these suburbs, boosted by the booming post-war economy and the baby boom, saw the start of serious consumerism by the masses.

Join Professor Adrian Franklin of the ABC's Collectors program as he leads a panel discussion with guests including Howard Lindsey, brother of Tessa Furniture founder Fred Lowen; Geoffrey Hatty, 20th century design specialist and proprietor of Geoffrey Hatty Applied Arts; and Peter McIntyre, practice director of McIntyre Partnership Pty Ltd and emeritus professor of architecture.