John Crichton's Cane Side Chairs

A rare and significant example of New Zealand's modernist history.

Date
1950s


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Description

During the 1950's a locally inspired form of modernism emerged in New Zealand - Pan Pacific modernism. At the forefront of this new direction in interior design was John Crichton.

Crichton's work was prolific during the 1950s and 60s. He worked with local craftspeople to produce contemporary designs to his specification using locally sourced materials. Crichton also employed members of the Blind Institute to weave the cane on his woven chairs.

Provenance: These chairs were used by John Crichton and taken from his Titirangi home. An original photo showing the chairs was published in the 1950s 'Decorative Art' studio yearbook and also in 'At Home' by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins.

Condition

Materials: Beautifully crafted from woven cane and wrought iron

Cane: Good original condition with some small areas of wear and age related damage. These do not structurally affect the piece or detract from the overall condition

Wrought iron: Good original condition

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