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Chair - Toby chair

Toby chair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1956-1962 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    H. Morris & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded plywood and steel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The seat and back of this chair are made from one piece of plywood, moulded into shape. Plywood is made from thin layers of wood, glued together to form a very strong and flexible material. The layers are arranged so the grain of one layer runs at right angle to the grain of the adjacent layer. The process was first used in chair design by Michael Thonet in Germany in 1830. Plywood was not produced on a large commercial scale until the end of the 19th century.

This chair was manufactured by H. Morris & Co. Ltd., Glasgow but little is known of the designer. It is a stacking chair, meaning that chairs of the same design can be placed on top for storage.

Physical description

Stacking chair made from moulded plywood with steel rod legs

Place of Origin

Glasgow (made)


ca. 1956-1962 (made)


H. Morris & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded plywood and steel


Height: 79 cm, Width: 41.4 cm, Depth: 46 cm

Descriptive line

'Toby' stacking chair, designed and made by the firm H. Morris and Co., Glasgow, 1956-1962


Plywood; Steel


Furniture; Scotland


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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