don't mention the war!

Friday, 30 September 2011

We like a chair with a interesting tale behind it, and what better example of just that than Ernest Race's DA1 armchair designed in 1946 for Ernest Race Ltd.  This chair was one of several designed by Race which avoided the Board of Trade restrictions on the use of wood by employing cast aluminium frame parts (visible in the legs).  The casting of aluminium had been developed for the munitions industry and after the war the technology was applied to the manufacture of furniture.  Proof indeed that the 'make do' mentality of the war years produced some stunning results!

Credit/Image:  V&A


  1. Lovely...and a somewhat unexpected use of aluminum legs for that style of chair. Interesting history!



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