Designed in 1934 by Gerald Summers and originally manufactured by his London company, The Makers of Simple Furniture, the chair is made from a plywood sheet consisting of 13 layers of cross-grained veneer. The sheet is cut with four straight lines, then pressed in a wooden mould for eight hours.
Summers made furniture with his wife Marjorie from 1929. He embraced the new contemporary style and materials like plywood and pushed their boundaries. As the V&A Museum notes of this chair – its construction from a single piece of ply gave it a “highly distinctive visual and structural clarity” and also meant no wastage.
An original 1930s edition would set you back £80,000-£90,000, as there are only 120 examples in existence. This one is an official Italian re-edition of 1998, which were also made in limited numbers. It is in decent condition bar a few small nibbles to veneer, and some slight lifting of the ply at the foot – which are currently being sorted at the restorers.
LOCATION: AT RESTORERS. NOT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE.
H74 W61 D85cm.