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Wastepaper bin

Wastepaper Bin
1929 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Betty Joel was born Mary Stewart Lockhart in Hong Kong in 1896. In 1918, she married Lieutenant David Joel, and the couple moved to England where they set up a furniture-making business. The venture began with Betty designing pieces for her own home. This led to commissions for friends and setting up a small factory at Hayling Island, with a rented showroom on Sloane Street, London. Initially much of the furniture was made in teak or oak. This was known as ‘Token’ furniture, and the factory at Hayling Island was given the same name. Such was the popularity of Joel’s designs that by 1929 the factory moved to bigger premises at Portsmouth, while she (with her husband) bought a large terraced house at 25 Knightsbridge to live and work in.

Many of England’s social and corporate elite commissioned Betty Joel to design interiors and furniture for their homes and offices. This wastepaper bin was once part of a suite of furniture designed for the office of a Harley Street eye surgeon, F. A. Williamson-Noble. The set also included a desk, an armchair, a letter tray and blotter all made up in the same Queensland silky oak. Influenced by the rich materials and clean lines of French Art Deco furniture, as well as the functionalism and craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement, Joel sought to create pieces that were beautiful, practical and finely crafted.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Queensland silky oak and Monel Metal (mainly copper and nickel alloy)
Brief description
Wastepaper bin designed by Betty Joel and A.B. Llewellyn Roberts, wood and metal, 1929
Physical description
A column shaped bin constructed from wood with a metal base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 375mm
  • Diameter: 350mm
Taken from register
Gallery label
WASTEPAPER BIN Designed by Betty Joel (born China 1896-1985) in association with A.B. Llewellyn Roberts, FRIBA Made by Betty Joel Ltd, London Queensland silky oak and Monel Metal (mainly copper and nickel alloy) Designed for the consulting rooms of the eye specialist F.A. Williamson-Noble. W.24-1984(1989-2006)
Summary
Betty Joel was born Mary Stewart Lockhart in Hong Kong in 1896. In 1918, she married Lieutenant David Joel, and the couple moved to England where they set up a furniture-making business. The venture began with Betty designing pieces for her own home. This led to commissions for friends and setting up a small factory at Hayling Island, with a rented showroom on Sloane Street, London. Initially much of the furniture was made in teak or oak. This was known as ‘Token’ furniture, and the factory at Hayling Island was given the same name. Such was the popularity of Joel’s designs that by 1929 the factory moved to bigger premises at Portsmouth, while she (with her husband) bought a large terraced house at 25 Knightsbridge to live and work in.



Many of England’s social and corporate elite commissioned Betty Joel to design interiors and furniture for their homes and offices. This wastepaper bin was once part of a suite of furniture designed for the office of a Harley Street eye surgeon, F. A. Williamson-Noble. The set also included a desk, an armchair, a letter tray and blotter all made up in the same Queensland silky oak. Influenced by the rich materials and clean lines of French Art Deco furniture, as well as the functionalism and craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement, Joel sought to create pieces that were beautiful, practical and finely crafted.
Associated objects
Collection
Accession number
W.24-1984

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Record createdFebruary 7, 2007
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