Vanson/Davies Chair

hayward_davischair
Collection
When modernism goes bad
Category
Furniture
Date
c.1952
Designer
Peter Hayward/Laura Davies
Nationality of Designer
British
Manufacturer
Vanson
Manufacturers Location
London, England (UK)
Material
Rosewood
Dimensions
87 x 51 cm
Purchase Price
£25

Description

Dining Chair

Provenance

Purchased from eBay by Adam Sutherland

Adaptions/renovations

Re-upholstered with Laura Davies' Nanling fabric.

Why it's in the Collection

Bryan and Laura Davies first worked together at Grizedale as part of the Happy Stacking programme in China, creating two separate projects linked through the ethos of the program.

Laura reupholstered eight Vanson dining chairs for Lawson Park in a printed fabric that she had specially designed. It features drawings of the wooden furniture found in the ping fang houses of Nanling village in China where they spent 3 weeks with Grizedale in May 2008.

About the Designer/Maker

Unable to find any significant information on Peter Hayward, he seems to have worked exclusively with Vanson, producing clearly high quality and of the time, classic mid - century modernism. His work seems undervalued and one of the few remaining easy to find and cheap designers of the period.

About the Manufacturer

There is not much information available about Vanson, except that it may be the furniture production side of W.G Evans and Sons, an expensive Department Store.

Bibliography & Further information

Decorative Art 50s, Ed. Charlote and Peter Fiel, Taschen, 2008, ISBN: 978-3-8365-0310-5