Gerald Summers, Y Leg Table, 1930

Y Leg Table and Two Door Cabinet, Gerald Summers, Makers of Simple Furniture, c.1931

The Y Leg Table and Two Door Cabinet, are some of the earliest of pieces by Gerald Summers whose furniture-making career was cut short when it was no longer possible to import plywood at the outbreak of WWII. A photograph (most probably taken by Marjorie, Gerald’s wife) from the Summers family archive show the table in their studio/showroom, styled by Marjorie with a vase of flowers – who was also said to have hand-painted the pieces. This time in a light grey. An incredibly important set with a clever and well engineered construction.

Our first publication, The Simple Heart of Plywood, goes into further detail about the set.

Condition:

Good, solid structure, ready to use. Some wear to the paint and one 3cm scratch on one edge.

Literature:

Abel Sloane, The Simple Heart of Plywood: an introduction to Gerald Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture, 1 9 3 4

Martha Deese ‘Gerald Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture’, Journal of Design History, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1992

Details

Materials: Birch plywood

Cabinet: W 1120 x D 460 x H 760 mm, Table: H 710 x W 1220 mm

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