Garth Chester 'Curvesse' Chair

Garth Chester (1916-1968) is one of New Zealand's most important modernist furniture designers.

W 60.5cm, D 72cm, H 83cm | Seat H 40cm




Garth Chester's iconic 1944 'Curvesse' chair is considered to be one of the most important early modernist chairs produced in New Zealand. It's proof that in the right hands, even a humble sheet of plywood can be elevated into something bold, memorable and timeless. Historian Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins recounts that the Curvesse Chair, was "the first cantilevered plywood chair to appear anywhere in the world ...a progressive high point in local design."

The elegant cantilevered design pushed the limits of plywood construction and the tastes of a conservative New Zealand public. Unfortunately the Curvesse was not a commercial success and only around 500 were ever produced. Today the few remaining chairs are closely held and highly coveted by serious collectors, or in the permanent collection of major museums. This is a very rare opportunity to obtain a celebrated modernist Kiwi icon!

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Materials: Beautifully crafted from moulded plywood

Wood Finish: Original condition, light character aging as pictured. One of the best original examples available.

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