Ernest Race (1913-1964) was an inventive exponent of mid-century British design. Studying interior design at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and spending the War as a fireman, Race took up the Government’s wartime ‘Utility Scheme’ – the rationing of materials like wood that were in short supply – as an opportunity for innovation, using aluminium and salvaged materials. His famous Heron chair was an example of this, using challenging upholstery techniques over an aluminium frame. The design was a complete success, melding ultimate comfort with sculptural form.
This chair is a really rare model from the same series. It has the same feet and upholstery techniques as the Heron, but a sleeker, more elegant shape. It could be a prototype, or just less widely produced – a rare find indeed. It is also extremely comfortable. Recently re-upholstered in Pierre Frey Idaho woven fabric. Minor wear to legs.
Dimensions TBC. Approx W80 D90 H80. Seat H40cm.