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Ernest Race DA1 armchair, 1946

Designed by Ernest Race
Product code: 991096


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DA1 armchair by Ernest Race 1946.

Ernest Race used a welded steel-rod frame to create an elegant and organic form. The innovative use of a steel-rod structure provided for sinuous and visually lightweight design, based on the shape of a classic wing chair. The design of the DA series was in stark contrast with the bulky and heavy forms available in late 1940s.

The curvilinear form was soon adopted by international designers and by the early 1950s the shapes originally forged by Ernest Race and Finn Juhl became more widespread and less avant-garde.

Race is best known for his iconic design for the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Antelope chair. The exposed frame is in essence a stripped down version of his DA series of upholstered chairs and sofas from the late 1940’s.

Ernest Race practiced both furniture and textile design. His understanding of materials and processes allowed for a diverse output of furniture in aluminium, steel, plywood and upholstery. Race was widely awarded for his designs during his short career and his historically important work appears in museum collections worldwide.

70w x 84d x 98h

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