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Gerald Summers Modernist Dining Table

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Gerald Summers Modernist Dining Table

A very stylish practical and lightweight Modernist dining table

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Gerald Summers Modernist Dining Table

British

1930's

Designed by Gerald Summers (1899-1967)

Made by 'Makers of Simple Furniture' 1932-1940

This rectangular birch ply dining table retains its original white heat resistant traffolyte covered surface.

Dimensions:

length 153cm width 69cm (60 x 27 in)

The most innovative designer in Britain in the 1930’s Gerald Summers’ significance is only now being appreciated as emphasis has heretofore been placed upon the achievements of European and Scandinavian designers and because ‘Makers of Simple Furniture’ was a small company, producing mainly to order, without the publicity machine of larger workshops. However, by the middle of the decade his designs were offered by the major retailers of modern furniture including Heals and Harrods in London, U.K., Marshall Field in Chicago and James Pendleton in New York.

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.

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 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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