Ernest Race R57 sofa and chairs  

ERNEST RACE R57 SOFA AND ARMCHAIRS


- A rare set, R57 sofa and two chairs.

- Currently in original dark green/grey fabric and black leatherette.

- Beech legs with black bakelite glides.

- Can be reupholstered in choice of fabrics.



 
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Ernest Race R57 sofa and chairs

Ernest Race R57 sofa and chairs






Ernest Race 1913-1964
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Ernest Race, an English textile and furniture designer, was one of the most inventive and challenging exponents of mid-century British design.

Ernest Race was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1913 and after graduating in interior design from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, he joined the lighting firm, Troughton & Young as a draughtsman. After visiting a weaving village in India in 1937, he returned to London and opened a shop in Knightsbridge to sell textiles and carpets.

Race did not start designing furniture until just after World War II when he answered an advertisement from engineer, J.W. Noel Jordan. Jordan ran an engineering company during the war and believed that new manufacturing techniques could be used in the production of furniture. He opened a factory in Clapham, London and looked for a collaborator to design utilitarian, mass-produced furniture.

Race and Jordan named the new company, Ernest Race Limited (later Race Furniture) to capitalise
on Race’s architect and designer contacts. In 1945-46 they responded to the government’s call to manufacture affordable furniture from the limited list of unrestricted materials.

Race & Jordan’s first chair was produced in 1946 for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition ‘Britain Can Make It’. The BA3 is still on display at the V&A today as an example of iconic British design. The manufacturing process was revolutionary and used salvaged materials, including aluminium from redundant aircraft.

During his career, Race was awarded gold and silver medals at the tenth Milan Triennale, three Design Centre Awards, gold awards at the California State exhibition and was appointed to the Royal Society of Arts Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry and a Fellow of the Society for industrial Artists and received the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers’ Design Medal. His designs are now held in various collections including the V&A Museum in London and MOMA in New York.

 
 
  
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