Isokon, London, est. 1931 | Stool/Table with Tray
London, est. 1931
Stool/Table with Tray
with removable tray-top
stool: 45cm. high, 33cm. diameter; 1ft. 4¾in., 1ft.¾in.; detachable tray: 3.3cm. high, 44cm. diameter; 1¼in., 1ft. 4½in.
Conceived circa 1931.
Generally in good condition with wear consistent with age use and material. Tray top with typical hairline splits to laminate which do not detracts. The tray and stool/table have been given a sensitive polish. Evidence of old worm to underside and base but no longer active. The underside of the tray branded indistinctly with Venesta manufacturing stamp. The underside of the conforming stool/table with a printed paper label also for Venesta Estonia. There is an indistinct registration ink stamp to the underside of the stool/table too. Some typical surface scratches.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The Isokon Furniture Company was co-founded by Londoner Jack Pritchard in 1935 to promote modern furniture design within the UK. A follower and devotee of the design principles and aesthetics of the Bauhaus, Pritchard successfully invited Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, to relocate to London in 1934, with Marcel Breuer following shortly thereafter in 1935. An employee of the Venesta Plywood Company, Pritchard envisioned executing this material on modern designs: ‘The principal material to be used in the preliminary work must be plywood…The furniture will be primarily useful and its aesthetic qualities will be due to its form rather than superimposed ornament...'.
Design for Today, May 1933
Christopher Wilk, Plywood: A Material Story, London, 2017
Pritchard Archives at the University of East Anglia
Alastair Grieve, Isokon, London, 2004