Orlay "trained in furniture design and graphic arts at the Schools of Applied Art in Budapest, Stuttgart and Vienna". While studying, she worked as a designer in the offices of her father the architect Lajoz Kozma. Immigrating to Australia in the late 1940s, she continued her interior design career as Susan Orlay.
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