Modernist Bent Plywood Jason Chairs

by Carl Jacobs & Frank Guille
In stock


Style Mid-Century
Room Dining Room
Period 1950 to 1959
Item type Antiques & Vintage
Size Unique
All materials Beechwood
Dimensions H 71 x W 52 x D 45cm; Seat height 45cm
Product Code ‌0041-00001

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A pair of 1950s Jason chairs designed by Carl Jacobs & Frank Guille for Kandya, a British manufacturer. Made from beech-wood, the chairs are lightweight and stackable with gently tapering splayed wooden legs. The seat and back of the chair are folded from a single sheet of flexible plywood that wraps around the chair and joins below the seat in an expressive, though functionless, jigsaw puzzle type connection.

In America the Eames and Eero Saarinen were experimenting with moulding single-piece chair seats and backs, but it required far simpler technology to bend plywood to achieve the same effect, as with this chair. Principally designed for domestic use, the Jason chair was in continuous production for almost twenty years, with metal legs as an option. In 1952 three hundred were installed in the South Bank Restaurant on the site of the Festival of Britain.  In overall very good condition with some natural small scuffs to the frame consistent with age.

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