The Antelope chair’s derives its name from its slender legs, and graceful curves reminiscent of a bounding deer. Its angled back form and graceful proportions are executed in an airy frame of bent-steel rods, shaped in playful reference to 18th-century English chair design. Seats of molded plywood and whimsical ball feet complete the inspired blend of new materials with a nod to tradition that make Antelope truly iconic.
More than eight million people experienced the Antelope Chair when it was chosen for seating at the Festival of Britain in 1951, an exhibition to promote British design and industry. It encouraged the public to put wartime behind and look forward to a bright, modern new future.
British architect and designer Ernest Race (1913-1964) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He attended Bartlett School of Architecture in London and later studied hand-weaving in India. He began his career by establishing Race Fabrics Co. After World War II, Race launched his own furniture company, Race Furniture Ltd. where he created his modern minimalist designs. He became one of the most famous designers of the 20th century. Later in his life he became a design consultant.
Antelope Chair | c.1950
Original: Race Furniture LTD. | UK
Current: Race Furniture LTD. | UK
Dimensions: 22″W x 22″D x 32″H
Material: bent steel frame, moulded plywood seat