Vintage 'DA 1' armchair by Ernest Race for Race Furniture, Circa 1946. - England.
Rare 1'st production, with aluminium legs & coil spring seat newly upholstered in black velvet.
About the designer:
Ernest Race (1913-1964) was probably the most original and influential British furniture designer, manufacturer and retailer of the twentieth Century. Race was educated at St Paul's School, London and studied interior design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, also in London, from 1932 until 1935. He then gained employment as a designer with Troughton & Young of London, the lighting manufacturers, under the direction of A. B. Read, and after studying hand-weaving in India in 1937, founded Race Fabrics, a textile design firm and shop, to put his designs into production. During the war Race served in the Auxiliary Fire Service in London, after which, in 1945, in partnership with J. W. Noel Jordan he created Ernest Race Ltd. to design and manufacture his unique furniture. Race was director and chief designer of this seminal firm (renamed Race Furniture Ltd. in 1962) which produced minimal, organic designs with economical use of materials. His best-known designs are the BA3 aluminium chair of 1945 and the Antelope, designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951. The BA3 won a gold medal at the 10th Milan Trienale in 1954, where the Antelope also won a silver medal. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1953.
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