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Chair

Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Race, Ernest, born 1913 - died 1964 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stove enamelled mild steel rod with aluminium and PVC

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr R. D. Felton

  • Museum number:

    W.34-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The 'Springbok' chair was designed by Ernest Race for the Festival of Britain, held in London in 1951. It was intended to be durable enough to be used outdoors and comfortable enough to be suitable as indoor seating. The seat and back of the chair were formed of springs covered in PVC, and the chair was supplied in a range of colours: red, yellow, blue and grey. The narrow steel chair frame, with the legs fixed to the outside of the seat frame, was designed to be stackable. This example was purchased by the donor from the post-Festival sale.

Physical description

Chair with fine metal frame of stove enamelled mild steel rod, with aluminium ball feet, the seat and back formed with springs covered in PVC sleeves.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1951 (made)

Artist/maker

Race, Ernest, born 1913 - died 1964 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Stove enamelled mild steel rod with aluminium and PVC

Dimensions

Diameter: 79 cm, Width: 55.5 cm, Circumference: 64 cm

Historical context note

This chair was designed to be used both inside or outside, to be comfortable and stackable. The PVC sleeves for the springs were available in red, yellow, blue or grey. See H. Conway, 1982, 'The Festival Chairs and Contemporary Design'.

Descriptive line

Chair with frame of bent steel rod, seat and back of PVC-covered springs, designed by Ernest Race, Britain, 1951

Labels and date

3 'SPRINGBOK' CHAIR
Designed by Ernest Race (British, 1913-1964)
Manufactured by Ernest Race Ltd, London
Stove enamelled mild steel rod, aluminium ball feet, springs in PVC sheaths
1951
The 'Springbok' chair was designed for the Festival of Britain of 1951. It was intended to be durable enough to be used outdoors and comfortable enough to be suitable as indoor seating. This example was purchased by the donor from the post-Festival sale.
Given by Mr R.D. Felton
W.34-1987 [pre-2006]

Materials

Steel; Aluminium; PVC

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Furniture; Plastic

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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