Garth Chester Chair for Winter's Hairdressing Salon

Featuring his signature post-war optimistic design ethic, these chairs by celebrated designer Garth Chester are truly something special.

W 64cm, D 59cm, H 91cm




Garth Chester is one of New Zealand's most celebrated industrial designers. His now iconic and highly coveted Curvesse Chair of 1944 pushed the boundaries of bent plywood and is described as "a progressive high point in local design" ('At Home – A Century of New Zealand Design' by Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins).

During the 1950s Chester produced a number of innovative and contemporary designs for high-end hair salons and cafes. This particular chair was part of a custom commission by Monte Winter of Winter's Hairdressing for his salon situated in the Smith & Caughey Building in Queen Street.

This design features Chester's trademark use of bent plywood to wrap the back of the seat and a wrought iron sub frame for strength. It's an important piece of New Zealand history from a highly respected designer and reputedly one of less than 20 chairs produced.

NB: This piece is currently not instore. Please get in touch if you would like view.


Materials: Beautifully crafted from oak and steel with vinyl upholstery

Wood Finish: Good original condition with new finish applied

Steel Finish: Steel frame in good used condition with age appropriate wear

Fabric Type: Seat and backrest reupholstered with Ultraleather 'Torro' designer fabric from Mokum for James Dunlop. Composition: 100% PU. Care: Sponge with waterbased shampoo, foam or drycleaning solvents. Fabric at the top of the legs is original vinyl

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