'Jason' stackable chair with a solid beech frame and a seat made from beech-faced plywood stained black, designed by Carl Jacobs in 1950 and manufactured by Kandya Ltd., England, c.1950-1970.
Art Room 2
Carl Jacobs (designer)
Kandya Ltd (manufacturer)
Twentieth century (1900-1999)
This 'Jason' stackable chair has a seat made from one sheet of bent beech-faced plywood, secured with three cross-headed screws on the base. The plywood is painted black. The leg section is polished, turned and joined solid beech with four tapering, circular cross-section legs, the back pair of which splay more than the front pair. The legs are braced front to back and side to side. There is a plastic label with white lettering on a black background with the manufacturer’s name ‘Kandya’ located on the inside of the rear horizontal brace of the legs. It is rectangular with curved ends and is secured with a small metal nail at either end.
This chair was designed by Carl Jacobs as an inexpensive stackable chair. The seat is formed from a single sheet of plywood, bent and secured to form a remarkably strong structure. A version with metal legs was produced later.
Adam Bowett, independent furniture historian, examined this object on 8 June 2009. He noted that the seat and back of this chair are made from black stained laminate, while everything else is beech.