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25/1993-1

Collection

FUR

Brief description

'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.

Title

Jason

Object name

stacking chair

Object number

25/1993-1

Location

Art Room 2

Production person

Carl Jacobs (designer)

Production organisation

Kandya Ltd (manufacturer)

Production date

1950 (designed)
1950-1970 (manufactured)

Production place

Middlesex (manufactured)

Period

Twentieth century (1900-1999)

Material

beech
plywood
stain

Technique

joined
turned
polished
bent
veneered

Physical description

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.

Dimensions

Height: 72cm
Width: 50cm
Depth: 45cm

Website keywords

seating
dining furniture

Object history note

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.

Comments

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.
 
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