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BREUER, Marcel
A LAMINATED-BIRCH SHORT CHAIR
designed 1936, for Isokon, the shaped seat with slight moulded indentation, between shaped supports; with later black-leather covered seat pad; and a length of woven beige/brown checked fabric, cut as a single bedspread, 72in.(183cm.) wide
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Provenance: Frank Booth, thence by descent.
Frank Booth was trained in architecture at Leeds under Sir Hubert Bennett. His studies allowed him to travel to Finland, where in 1938 he met with Alvar Aalto. After wartime service with the architectural repairs department, Booth was awarded a Victory scholarship in 1946 which allowed him to work briefly in the United States. Upon his return to England in 1947, he became involved with the postwar rebuilding of the public sector, joining the Harlow New Town Corporation in 1948.
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Although precise quantities are not known, it is acknowledged that very few Short chairs were produced by Isokon. This example was purchased in 1939, on the occasion of the marraige of the present owner's parents, from the progressive furniture retailer, Wolfeson's in Leeds. As intended by the chair's designer, a padded cushion was fitted to the chair. In this case, the cushion was covered with a woven beige/brown checked fabric, as illustrated in the reproduction from the family album. In the late 1950s Heal's of London undertook the repairs to the front supports of the chair, and made the black-leather seat cushion now present.
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