Last week we discussed what we meant by Mid Century Modern and how we describe it. This week I wanted to explore the fantastic contribution Briton has made to the Mid century Modern furniture movement.
While many of us think of Scandinavian designs when thinking of Mid century furniture, we simply can not ignore the quality and staying power of the popular designs by British designers.
There are many British MCM designers to browse from, however the four that stand out for me are none other than Robert Heritage, Richard Young, Earnest Race and of course my personal favorite Gordon Russell.
1892-1980 was born in London in 1892, then moved to Worcestershire in 1904, to live in hotel his father bought.
Gordon Russell was best described as a “design pioneer”. Influenced by the arts and crafts movement of 1904
Gordon Russell and Eamest Race would have crossed paths at Chipping Campden school.
Ernest Race was born in Newcastle in 1913 and died in London in 1964.
Race designed for the festival of Britain in 1951 with his most famous piece being the Antelope chair. His designs are described as quirky and uplifting in the wake of the world wars, bringing an English take on these design years. Many of the British designers did not only work alone but also collaborated with other stand out designers of there times, with Gordon russell and Ernest Race both working with Robert Heritage.
and went onto study at Royal College of Art London.
Last on our list is Richard Young who was born is 1930 and co-founded Merrow associates in 1964,with Percy Wyett and Peter Weeks.
Young studied, as did Robert Heritage at the Royal college of Art and then at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen. With this educated background he focused on quality not quantity, with his famous mixture of Rosewood, chrome and glass that were retailed mainly by the highly acclaimed Harrods and Heals.
If you are lucky enough to be in the market for a high quality piece of Mid Century Modern furniture then please remember these four great British designers, who can certainly rival the sought after Scandinavian designs of its era.