Pair of John Crichton Side Chairs

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

Early 1950s
W 50cm, H 72cm, D 55cm




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.

Today Crichton is best known for his coveted mosaic tile bowls although all his work is highly sought after. Crichton's furniture is especially rare as it was generally produced in low quantities for commercial commissions and rarely labelled. This stunning pair of chairs was sold through Crichton's Kitchener St store and is distinguished by jaunty angles and exaggerated curves.

NOTE: Price is for both chairs.


Materials: Frame is crafted from steel

Steel Finish: Steel frame in good used condition with few small chips in the paint finish

Plastic feet: Original plastic feet on all legs except four; these have new plastic feet.

Fabric Type: Reupholstered with Katagami 'Platinum' designer fabric from James Dunlop RRP $80 per metre. Composition: 67% VI, 33% LI. Care: Do not bleach / Do not tumble dry / Drip dry in shade / Drycleaning Gentle cycle / Low iron max 110C / Machine wash cool gentle cycle

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