Ernest Race BA23 chairs

Ernest Race Set of five BA23 aluminium chairs. Circa 1945-64.

The BA23 was one of the first mass-produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world – Over 250,000 were manufactured.
Wood was scarce in 1945 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.

The chairs are in original condition with definite signs of age and use.

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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

Rare version of the “Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland. 1930s.

UK retailers Finmar label to the underside.

A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs; this chair is made from laminated and solid birch and retains its original black finish.

Co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930, the chair was manufactured over the years as four differing versions. This version is the rarest of the four. The design is similar to one of other versions in that the front legs protrude at the side. However, the front edge of the seat on this version is formed as a more severe angle (The other version with protruding legs was rounded at the front). It also has a small decorative corner feature when seen from the front that is reminiscent of traditional Chinese chairs.

The chair was illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21

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