Tibor Donner Executive Council Chair
A rare offering from one of New Zealand most significant architects.
Tibor Donner (1907–1993) is one of Auckland’s most influential Architects. His tenure as Chief Architect to the Auckland City Council from 1946–67 has left a legacy of inspired and outstanding modernist buildings across the city. Highlights include the Parnell Baths (1951) and City Council Administration Building (1954).
Donner was not only a pioneering architect, he also was a gifted furniture designer. In 1949 the Mayor of Auckland, John Allum, asked Donner to remodel the furniture for the Mayor, Mayoress' and town clerk's rooms. In response, Donner produced some of the most sophisticated modernist furniture in New Zealand.
Unsurprisingly, most New Zealander's weren't ready for the avante-garde designs. A New Zealand Herald article from the 24th of November, 1949 reads "Renovation of Mayoral Office described as 'a monstrosity' and 'something that might have been produced by a member of a tribe in darkest Africa' by members of the City Council".
Unfortunately, most of the Donner furniture was thrown away in the 1990s. This suite of pieces are the only surviving examples we are aware of.
NB: This piece is currently not instore. Please get in touch if you would like view.
Materials: Beautifully crafted from tawa plywood and leather
Wood Finish: Full, museum level restoration
Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go
Fabric Type: Plush new nappa leather from RRP $500 per cubic metre
Foam: Original foam in good condition