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Ernest Race BA3 Chair

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BA3 Chair

Designer: Ernest Race
Designed: 1945

Cast aluminium frame painted grey, seat and back plywood upholstered with blue duck cotton

BA3
1945

Production: Race Furniture, UK

This chair is untouched. The upholstery is worn, the paint coating chipped. The left hand rear leg has a slight bow to it.

The BA3 was Ernest Race’s first design for the new company. Wood was scarce at this time and the British Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of
weapons and aircraft.

It was an immediate success, becoming the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946. One of the first mass produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world, over 250,000 were made. It won a Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1954 and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the V&A Museum, London.
BA3 Chair

Designer: Ernest Race
Designed: 1945

Cast aluminium frame painted grey, seat and back plywood upholstered with blue duck cotton

BA3
1945

Production: Race Furniture, UK

This chair is untouched. The upholstery is worn, the paint coating chipped. The left hand rear leg has a slight bow to it.

The BA3 was Ernest Race’s first design for the new company. Wood was scarce at this time and the British Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of
weapons and aircraft.

It was an immediate success, becoming the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946. One of the first mass produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world, over 250,000 were made. It won a Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1954 and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the V&A Museum, London.

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Aluminium, Plywood, Cotton Duck
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