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Gerald Summers Bookshelves


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Reference
11410
Height
51 cm (20")
Width
102 cm (40 1/4")
Depth
23 cm (9")
Designed by Gerald Summers (1899-1967)

In 1934 Summers achieved a 'Mondrian' like perfection with his design for these L-shaped book shelves. The five units can be placed in a huge variety of combinations and with their asymmetric internal dimensions and exciting external silhouette they are quite unlike any other modular design before or since; yet as always they conform to Summers' interdependence of form and function.
Height
51 cm (20")
Width
102 cm (40 1/4")
Depth
23 cm (9")
Provenance
Jessie Ball Collection 1935/7 – 2000
Andrew McIntosh Patrick 2000 - 2008
Literature
'Makers of Simple Furniture' Catalogue 1934
Furnishing the small Home published London and New York 1930's by the Studio Ltd.
The Design History Journal 1992 Vol.5 No.3
A History of British Design 1839-1970 Fiona McCarthy pub.1972
Exhibitions
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Vitra Design Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
Thirties British Art and Design before the War organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1979