Gerald Summers D-End Desk

British

1930's

Designed 1933 by Gerald Summers (1899-1967)
Made by Makers of Simple Furniture (1931-1940)

Width 133.5 cm Depth 53.5 cm Height 71.5 cm (52.75 x 21.25 x 28.25 in)

Birch Plywood with a protective glass top.

This practical desk was offered with the graduated drawers placed either to the left or right. The curved end could be fixed to contain a waste paper bin, or modified to hold shelves as in this model

Width 133.5 cm Depth 53.5 cm Height 71.5 cm (52.5 x 21 x 28 in)

The most innovative designer in Britain in the 1930’s Gerald Summers’ significance is only now being appreciated as emphasis was, throughout the decades, 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. However by the middle of the 30's his designs were offered by the major retailers of modern furniture including Heals and Harrods in London, Marshall Field in Chicago and James Pendleton in New York.

Provenance:
UK Private Collection

Museums & Exhibitions:

Victoria & Albert Museum: Summers work is now included in the new 20th Century Furniture Galleries which opened at the V & A in November, 2012
Museum of Modern Art, New York 2014 Exhibition: The Magic of Plywood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Vitra Design Museum
Thirties British Art and Design before the War organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1979
‘Constructivism in Art & Design’ Crafts Council Gallery, London 1988

Bibliography:
The Design History Journal 1992 Vol.5 No.3 - precis of Masters' thesis by Martha Deese, Metropolitan Museum New York
Gerald Summers: Furniture For the Concrete Age Dunn and Mantz pub. 2012
1000 Chairs Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Cologne 2000 p.232
Design for Today 1934
100 Masterpieces Vitra Design Museum
Furnishing the small Home published London and New York 1930’s by the Studio Ltd.
A History of British Design 1839-1970 Fiona McCarthy pub. 1972
Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850-1946 University of Washington Press edited by Derek E. Ostergard

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