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Gerald Summers Trolley
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Gerald Summers Trolley

Purchased new by Jessie Ball who worked for Makers of Simple Furniture 1935 to 1937

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Gerald Summers Trolley



Designed by Gerald Summers (1899-1967)

Made by 'Makers of Simple Furniture' 1932-1940

Birch Ply

In 1932 Summers and his wife Majorie Amy Butcher started "Makers of Simple Furniture" and began to experiment with free-form designs and malleable materials. Summers specialised in airplane plywood which resulted in some of the most innovative designs of the period. This asymmetric 'dinner wagon' is supported by four composite castors with an unusual sprung suspension mechanism.

Dimensions: width 76cm depth 43cm height 89cm (30 x 17 x 35in)


Jessie Ball Collection 1935/7 - 2000 (Employee of Makers of Simple Furniture)

Andrew McIntosh Patrick 2000 - 2008.

Museums & Exhibitions:

Victoria & Albert Museum: The Bent Plywood Armchair is on permanent exhibition in the new 20th Century Furniture Galleries.

Museum of Modern Art, New York Exhibition 2014: 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.


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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