Garth Chester Magazine Rack

An inspired example of early Kiwi modernism.

Date
Early 1950s
Size
W 39cm, D 23cm,H 31cm


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Description

Could you get more pared back than a simple curve of plywood? Minimalist and elegant, this magazine rack is a brilliant local response to early European modernism.

Stripped back to only it's most essential elements, this is a stand out example of early New Zealand industrial design. The simple handle also functions as a divider and the little feet add a lightness to the piece by raising and stabilising it off the ground.

This piece is unlabeled but use of materials and design elements point strongly toward modernist legend Garth Chester as the designer and producer. This rare offering is one of only five we are aware of.

Condition

Materials: Beautifully crafted from molded plywood and cast iron

Wood Finish: In original condition with new finish applied. Some small chips to the edges of the curved plywood

Cast Iron Finish: Cast iron frame in excellent original condition

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