Rattan and Metal Stools by Ernest Race
United Kingdom, 1950s
Rare three-legged stools in excellent condition.
Designed by Ernest Race
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Designed by Ernest Race in the 1950s.
The stools have a grey wonderfully angled steel frame.
The seat is made of rattan.
These rattan versions are pretty rare, mostly they can be found with a plywood seat.
Both the frame and rattan seat are restored so the chairs are in excellent condition.Ernest Race was a key figure in 20th century British furniture design, his skill was to use ingenious manufacturing processes to create contemporary furniture from improvised or recycled materials.Ernest Race was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1913 and after graduating in interior design from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, he joined the lighting firm Troughton & Young as a draughtsman. After visiting a weaving village in India in 1937, he returned to London and opened a shop in Knightsbridge to sell textiles and carpets.
Race did not start designing furniture until just after World War II when he answered an advertisement from engineer, J.W. Noel Jordan. Jordan ran an engineering company during the war and believed that new manufacturing techniques could be used in the production of furniture, which was still largely craft-based. He opened a factory in Clapham, London and looked for a collaborator to design utilitarian, mass-produced furniture.
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