Fireside Chair, Gerald Summers, Makers of Simple Furniture, 1934
The protoype of this chair was commissioned by Eric and Theresa Megaw, and hence why this chair is sometimes referred to as The Megaw Chair. For this, Summers combines thick plywood sides, with cut-out feet and solid birch arms, with a thinner aircraft plywood. The thin is wrapped around the thick creating the illusion of a chair created in a continuous piece of birch ply. This chair was designed and made once the Makers of Simple Furniture workshop hired trained cabinet-maker, Mr Hursey, in 1933.
This chair was once part of a pair, which seem to have been custom made for a couple. Slightly different proportions were used, this one being the more standard. We do not know who the original client was, but it was common for Summers to make pieces to order, and modifying them to suit the needs of the customer.
Lovely colour to the birch. Two chips occurred where the thin plywood has been shaped on the back, but have been professionally restored and stabilized when we acquired the chair over 2 years ago.
Abel Sloane, The Simple Heart of Plywood: an introduction to Gerald Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture, 1 9 3 4, 2018
Materials: Birch plywood, solid birch, upholstered cushion
W 555 x D 570 x H 900 (seat height) 450 mm