Story: Furniture

Curvesse chair (1st of 2)

Curvesse chair

In 1944 the Auckland furniture designer Garth Chester made the cantilevered Curvesse chair. It was made from four sheets of 3/16th plywood pressed together to make a single form. Two solid runners provide a stable base. The pivotal moment in their manufacture was when the press was closed – if there were no loud cracking noises the makers knew they had succeeded. The failure rate was about one in five, and about 80 of the chairs were sold.

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William Cottrell, 'Furniture - Changing styles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/41071/curvesse-chair (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by William Cottrell, published 5 Sep 2013