1950s Ernest Race BA Dining Table
A classic BA model dining table designed Ernest Race. The nicely coloured rectangular holoplast top over a cast aluminium base, with slender tapering legs. In very good original condition, retaining the makers ‘Race’ label. English, circa 1950
At the Victoria & Albert Museum’s 1946, exhibition ‘Britain Can Make It’, Ernest Race unveiled a collection of furniture, made from re-cast aluminium that had been used for wartime aircrafts. This was completely revolutionary at the time, repurposing materials to comply with the Government’s ‘Utility Scheme’ of 1942 which rationed wood, limiting its use for the reconstruction of houses.
Race also developed an ingenious system for the production of table tops using Holoplast, a panelling of laminated plastic with a scratch-resistant, polished mahogany finish. A thin ribbon of aluminium was heat-shrunk around the edge to conceal the honeycomb edge of the table surface. The tapering legs and light appearance contrasted with the heavier pre-war tables and was seen to precipitate the move towards the 1950s contemporary look.
DimensionsMax Width: 1220mm / 48"
Max Depth: 800mm / 31½"
Max Height 720mm / 28¼"