Garth Chester 'Astoria' Chair

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

W 54cm, D 79cm, H 71cm | Seat H 35.5




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. The 'Astoria' chair was designed in 1954 for Kay's French Beauty Salon in Auckland and is a classic Garth Chester offering. Again we see Chester embrace the curve, which is the defining feature of this chair. It was initially designed with high end commercial environments in mind but quickly became coveted in trend setting homes throughout the country.

Provenance: An example of this design is held in the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa


Materials: Beautifully crafted from beech and moulded plywood

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

Fabric Type: Removable covers reupholstered with Ventura 'Mosaic' designer fabric from James Dunlop. Composition: 90% PL, 10% CO. Care: Do not bleach / Do not tumble dry / Drip dry in shade / Drycleaning Gentle cycle / Low iron max 110C / Machine wash cool gentle cycle

Foam: Luxurious new upholstery grade foam has a 10 year guarantee

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