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Race Furniture: Antelope

An iconic example of post-war chair design

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Ernest Race designed for the domestic and the contract furniture market, but it was the 1951 Festival of Britain that took Race’s furniture to a much wider audience. The Antelope chair was selected as the chair for the Festival site, with Gordon Russell, chair of the selection judges, believing Race’s designs ‘miles ahead’ of his contemporaries. The simple moulded plywood seat was painted in the Festival colours of yellow, blue, red or grey.

The Antelope chair is an iconic example of post-war chair design. The Design Council described the chair as, ‘The chair expresses a whimsical and almost frivolous optimism rare in other international designs from the early 1950s. Whilst the ball feet suggest the molecular and atomic imagery characteristic of the period, the outline of the ...

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