Gerald Summers Cocktail Stool (SOLD)

British

Circa 1935

Designed by Gerald Summers (1899 - 1967)

Made by 'Makers of Simple Furniture' 1932 - 1940

Birch Ply; the seat covered in the original black traffolyte

Height 70 cm (27.5 in)

The most innovative designer in Britain in the 1930’s Gerald Summers’ significance is only now being appreciated as emphasis has heretofore been placed upon the achievements of European and Scandinavian designers and because ‘Makers of Simple Furniture’ was a small company, producing  mainly to order, without the publicity machine of larger workshops. This sculptural cocktail stool is typical of Summers' love of simple, economical and practical design and the plywood, which had been used since the 1920's but always disguised, is here appreciated for its intrinsic beauty and versatility. The simple black finish to the foot rest serves to punctuate the form and echos, in both shape and colour, the black cushioned seat.

One of only two examples known to exist

Bibliography:
1000 Chairs
and Peter Fiell, Cologne 2000 p.232
100 Masterpieces Vitra Design Museum

Design for Today 1934
A History of British Design 1839-1970
Fiona McCarthy pub.1972

Furnishing the Small Home published London and New York 1930’s by the Studio Ltd.
The Design History Journal 1992 Vol.5 No.3 - precis of Masters' thesis by Martha Deese, Metropolitan Museum New York
Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850-1946 University of Washington Press edited by Derek E. Ostergard

Exhibitions:
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Vitra Design Museum
Phoenix Art Museum

 


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