Ernest Race 'Heron' Armchair

Ernest Race's Heron chair epitomised post war modern style and has become a celebrated example of British design.

Race Furniture | United Kingdom
Ernest Race | United Kingdom
W 82cm, D 90cm, H 82cm




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 other materials like aluminium scrap metal to produce his furniture. The Heron Chair with it's welded rod steel frame is an extension of earlier designs like the BA3 Chair and continues the legacy of metal framed furniture.

The steel frame of the Heron Chair allowed Race to achieve sharp angular forms that would be difficult to produce using traditional materials. This thoroughly modern chair has a visual lightness of form and enticing design, matched perfectly with a high level of comfort.

The Heron Chair is considered a groundbreaking design an is held in many of the most respected British museums.


Materials: Frame crafted from welded steel rods

Enameled Steel Legs: Legs are In original condition with some character wear

Fabric Type: Reupholstered with Urban 'AQUA' designer fabric from James Dunlop RRP $80 per metre. Composition: 63% CO, 37% LI. Do not bleach / Do not tumble dry / Drip dry in shade / Drycleaning Gentle cycle / Machine wash cool gentle cycle / Med Iron max 150C / Warning: Iron reverse side use barrier cloth
Foam: Luxurious new high quality upholstery foam has a 10 year warranty

Upholstery Foam: Luxurious new upholstery grade foam (10 year guarantee)

Webbing: New rubber webbing

Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go

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