Gerald Summers
English, 1899 - 1967
Makers of Simple Furniture, Ltd., manufacturer (London)
Armchair, c. 1934

H. 30 1/8 x W. 24 x D. 34 in.

Cut from a single sheet of laminated plywood, and formed without any joinery, this armchair is remarkably simple in construction. Supposedly, Gerald Summers designed it for a tropical climate. By eliminating joinery and upholstery, he avoided the problems extreme humidity caused by rotting fabric and weakening joints. The chair’s refined elegance, fluid contour, and minimal production costs remain as an ingenious model of industrial problem-solving.