'HBC' (High Back Chair)
Designed in 1933.
Stained birch plywood, horsehair upholstery.
Gerald Summers designed this chair after his 'Fireside Chair' (FSC), intended for dining. Made out of only 5 pieces of plywood, the chair was extremely economical and simple to make. The back of the chair forms in a natural curve that was impossible to control, this 'free-form' in design was a critical innovation in furniture design in 1933.
Ostergard, Derek, 'Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850-1946', University of Washington (USA) 1987, p. 163, 318.
Sloane, Able, Woodhouse, Ruby, 'The Simple Heart of Plywood', 1934 (United Kingdom) 2018, p.15.
Dunn, Steve, 'Gerald Summers: Furniture for the Concrete Age', 2011, p 60-61.
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Seat height 47cm/18.5"