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Gerald Summers Plywood Waste Paper Cylinder
British 1930's Designed 1933 by Gerald Summers (1899-1967) Made by 'Makers of Simple Furniture' (1931-1940) This waste paper cylinder, as would be expected of Gerald Summers, is designed above all to be functional. However, due to it's large capacity it could have been heavy and therefore difficult to empty; this is not so. The sides are of a very thin aeroplane ply curved to form a circle. To the outside is a fixed a simple T shape in heavier ply which provides structural integrity to the otherwise flimsy form, reinforcing the cylinder and providing a hand hold in the simplest possible way. Gerald Summers was certainly one of the most innovative designers in Britain in the 1930â€™s and his significance is only now being appreciated as emphasis was previously placed upon the achievements of European and Scandinavian Modernist designers and because â€˜Makers of Simple Furnitureâ€™ was a small company, producing mainly to order, without the publicity machine of larger workshops. 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 The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London Thirties British Art and Design before the War organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1979 â€˜Constructivism in Art & Designâ€™ 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 1930â€™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 1378/2710
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