Rare and Significant Garth Chester Dining Suite

A collectable set from one of New Zealand's most important modernist furniture designers.

Date
1950s
Size
Chairs: W 40cm, D 45cm, H 77cm, Seat H 44cm | Table: W 123cm, D77cm, H 71cm


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Description

Garth Chester (1916–1968) 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 crisp angular frames of these very rare and desirable dining pieces.

Four unique, colourfully upholstered dining chairs with jaunty, splayed steel leg frames are the perfect match to the compact dining table with its complementary steel structure. It's a standout set in all original condition which would suit any contemporary environment.

NOTE: All items from the New Zealand Modern Collection will stay on view in the gallery until the end of Saturday, October 3

Condition

Materials: Beautifully crafted from plywood and steel with formica table top

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

Upholstery: Original vinyl in good vintage condition

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