Chair

1951 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stove enamelled mild steel rod with aluminium and PVC
Brief Description
Chair with frame of bent steel rod, seat and back of PVC-covered springs, designed by Ernest Race, Britain, 1951
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.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 79cm
  • Width: 55.5cm
  • Circumference: 64cm
Style
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by Mr R. D. Felton
Historical context
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'.
Association
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
W.34-1987

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record createdDecember 13, 2006
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