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A rare offering from one of New Zealand's most gifted interior designers

Maker: John Crichton | New Zealand

Designer: John Crichton | New Zealand

Date: 1950s

Size: W 59cm, D 62cm, H 65cm


During the 1950's a locally inspired form of modernism emerged in New Zealand – Pan Pacific modernism. Pioneering this avant-garde direction in interior design was the highly talented John Crichton. Crichton combined Japanese, American and Pacific references and worked with local craftspeople to produce designs to his specification using locally sourced materials.

Crichton's furniture is especially rare as it was generally produced in low quantities for commercial commissions and rarely labelled. This stunning original condition pair of chairs is the only example we have seen. They were used by Crichton in the new administration block for NZ Forest Products, which he designed in 1959.

Auction is for both chairs.

Materials: Beautifully crafted from mahogany with brass feet and a moulded plywood backrest

Wood Finish: Full professional restoration to bases

Upholstery: Original fabric in vintage condition

Foam: Original foam in vintage condition.

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