Garth Chester Bikini Chair

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

W 39cm, D 40cm, H 75cm | Seat H 45cm




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).

After a suspicious fire destroyed his factory and plywood press in the 1950s, Chester embraced the simplicity of steel. He produced a number of innovative and contemporary designs for high-end hair salons and cafes. His talent with this new medium is clear in the suggestive frame of this very rare and quirky 'Bikini' dining chair. It was a suggestive, controversial work at the time but remains in local consciousness as a pivotal design from the 1950s.

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Materials: Beautifully crafted from plywood and steel

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

Upholstery: Reupholstered with Kuata 'Sunshine' designer fabric from Warwick. Composition: 100% PL. See care instructions here

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