Watch | An Important Collection of Furniture by Gerald Summers

Watch | An Important Collection of Furniture by Gerald Summers

With Senior Specialist Joy McCall

Join Senior Specialist Joy McCall as she discusses the important collection of furniture by Gerald Summers to be offered in our forthcoming MODERN MADE auction taking place live online and in London this October.


Over ninety years have passed since the English designer Gerald Summers — creator of the iconic bent plywood armchair — and his partner, Marjorie Butcher, opened their London shop, Makers of Simple Furniture, in 1931. The firm’s earnest proprietors saw themselves as outsiders, but their mission to create simple, functional furniture responsive to the requirements of the modern home placed them squarely in the vanguard.

For a decade, until the firm’s closing in 1940, Simple Furniture produced more than 200 designs, including chairs, chests, cupboards, desks, sideboards, tables, and wardrobes conceived, in Gerald’s words, as “furniture for the concrete age.”

Discover more as authority on Gerald Summers, Martha Deese discusses the work of the iconic English designer.


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Auction Information


MODERN MADE: Modern & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics

Friday 28 October 2022 10:00

Live Online | Mall Galleries, London


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Modern Design


Lyon & Turnbull are a leading auction house in Modern, Post War and Contemporary Design, holding specialist live and online Design auctions in London and Edinburgh that are known for their international reach and strong results.

Our sales cover all the major movements from Pre-War French and British Modernism and Art Deco, to works from the Mid-Century and Post-War, including Italian and Nordic Design, European and American Modernism, Studio Craft through to Contemporary Design, Glass and Studio & Contemporary Ceramics 


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