Four Ernest Race BA3 Dining Chairs
The cast aluminum BA3 chair epitomised post war modern style and has become a celebrated example of British design.
After WWII almost all construction materials, especially wood, were in extremely short supply. The British government 'Utility Scheme' of 1942 specified that the use of wood was to be rationed, and any available timber to be directed to the reconstruction of houses.
Not to let the directive prevent good design, Race turned to aluminium scrap metal. This was plentifully available following its use in wartime aeroplane manufacturing. The result was the BA3 chair, thoroughly modern in appearance and construction, utilising technology developed to create bomb casing.