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Gerald Summers Oak Veneered Birch Ply Occasional Table
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Gerald Summers Oak Veneered Birch Ply Occasional Table

Summers appreciated the honesty of the material and It was unusual for him to use veneers to disguise the plywood

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Gerald Summers Oak Veneered Birch Ply Occasional Table

British 1930's Designed 1933 by Gerald Summers (1899-1967) Made by 'Makers of Simple Furniture' (1931-1940) Diameter 73 cm height 40.5 cm (28.75 x 16 in) This two tiered coffee table is typical of Summers' love of simple, economical and practical design and the plywood, which had been used since the 1920's but always disguised, is here appreciated for its intrinsic beauty and versatility. 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 Modernist designers and because ‘Makers of Simple Furniture’ 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 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 1342/2698

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