Vanson Side Board

When modernism goes bad
Peter Hayward
Nationality of Designer
WG Evans and Sons
Manufacturers Location
Mahogany and Rosewood
Purchase Price


1950s Side Board


Vanson marked 

Personal history/nominator

I liked the patterning of this piece, the similarity to aesthetic movement motifs and reference to fossils and natural formations. Everyone needs an unused sideboard somewhere in their life don't they? A Sutherland.


none- good condition

Why it's in the Collection

A classic design from 1953 by Peter Hayward for Vanson. Hayward was the most minimal of the mid century modernist designers, this is an unusually exuberant piece drawing from the Festival of Britain stylings based around the microscopic.

Comparable with the better known Gordon Russell produced double Helix sideboard, designed by David Booth who also developed the decorative technique - cutting through the top layer of veneer.

The sideboard was a very 1950's phenomena bringing the dining room and formal dining into every home. The sideboard itself had long been a piece of furniture to display the status and wealth of the household, in the 1950's it became the display of wealth in itself, with expensive veneers and complex joinery.

As a classic of the period this defines a moment in design history, the aspiration of the post war years and a belief in the future.

About the Designer/Maker

We have been unable to find any significant information on Peter Hayward. His work seems to have been exclusively with Vanson, where he produced high quality, classic mid - century modernist designs. 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

'From Austerity to Affluence', Merrell Holberton, 1997