BA3A Armchair by Ernest Race

When arriving at this design (around 1945) Ernest Race was not primarily concerned with the Avante-gardist ideals of the 1930s or the machine aesthetic, but rather with a lack of wood. World War II had ensured that traditional furniture-making materials were in short supply and cast aluminium was turned to as a substitute for wood, made plentiful by the decommissioning of weapons and aircraft. The BA3 was an immediate success and became the showpiece of the 1946 ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition. By 1947 wood had become more plentiful and the BA2 was introduced with its veneered backrest offered in mahogany, birch or walnut.

As one of the world’s first mass-produced cast aluminium chairs the design became noted for its strength and lightness. In 1954 the BA3 was awarded a Gold Medal at the 10th Triennale in Milan.

Ernest Race (1913-1964) is one of the most original and outstanding British furniture designers of the 20th Century.

In cast aluminium, the frame is linished to remove any sharp edges left by the casting process, and then then sealed with a particularly thin layer of clear lacquer as part of our signature finish.

The BA3A can also be finished with a coloured lacquer to order, and is available without arms: the BA3.

  • Max Depth: 495mm / 19 ½"
  • Max Height: 790mm / 31"
  • Max Width: 610mm / 24"
  • Seat Height: 480mm / 18 ¾"