Lot 2
  • 2

Gerald Summers 1899-1967

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Armchair
single sheet of cut and bent birch plywood


Art and Decoration, November 1934, p. 59
Architectural Review, December 1935, p. 194
Thirties: British art and design before the war, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, 25 October 1979 - 13 January 1980, London, cat. no. 4.77, p. 150
Derek Ostergard (ed.), Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, New York, 1987, cat. no. 106, pp. 318-319
Martin Battersby, The Decorative Thirties, London, 1988, pp. 96-97
Pioneers of Modern Furniture, exhibition catalogue, Fischer Fine Art, 24 April - 31 May 1991, London, cat. no. 17
Alexander von Vegesack, Peter Dunas, and Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, (eds), 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum, exhibition catalogue, Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 110-111, cat. no. 42
Doug Ngo and Eric Pfeiffer, Bent Ply:  The Art of Plywood Furniture, New York, 2003, p. 114

Catalogue Note

In Summers' iconic and simple design a single sheet of plywood was cut and bent in two directions, eliminating the need for upholstery and connectors and dispensing with off-cuts.  Originally designed for use in the tropics, the lack of metal and the smooth surface made it ideal for withstanding humidity. 

It is believed that only 120 examples of the chair were produced before the company closed in 1940.