This chair is a really rare chair, after the designer Ernest Race. It’s origins are a mystery, but it was acquired in original condition with an Ernest Race Heron chair and bares many Race characteristics. So maybe a prototype? It has the same feet and upholstery techniques as the Heron chair, but a sleeker, more elegant shape body. It is also extremely comfortable. Re-upholstered in Pierre Frey Idaho woven fabric. Minor wear to legs.
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.
Dimensions TBC. Approx W80 D90 H80. Seat H40cm.