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.
Good, solid structure, ready to use. Some wear to the paint and one 3cm scratch on one edge.
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
Materials: Birch plywood
Cabinet: W 1120 x D 460 x H 760 mm, Table: H 710 x W 1220 mm