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The 'Megaw' armchair

Designer / Maker

Designed by Gerald Summers (1899-1967)

Manufactured by Makers of Simple Furniture 

Detail

Birch plywood, with the original cushion (probably recovered)

86 x 49 x 49 cm

English (London), 1933-34

Provenance

E.C.S. Megaw and Thérèse Megaw, and by descent

Literature

Martha Deese, 'Gerald Summers and Makers of Simple Furniture', Journal of Design History, vol. 5, no. 3 (for a discussion of Gerald Summers)

Notes

Eric Megaw, the research engineer, commissioned this chair in 1933 or 1934; it was the first version to be produced.  The design was later commissioned for the Q Theatre, Kew, London.  Other examples are in the collections of the Wolfsonian-Florida University, Miami (85.11.8) and the Museo Nacional des Artes Decorativas, Madrid (CE25143), and one more was included in H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2016), no. 21.

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