John Crichton Blind Institute Cane Chair

A rare and significant example of New Zealand's modernist history.

W 41cm, D 62cm, H 72cm | Seat H 42cm




John Crichton was one of the most talented and progressive New Zealand designers of the mid 20th century. His pioneering work helped define what is now known as Pan Pacific modernism, a locally inspired fusion of Japanese, American and Pacific references combined with a modernist ethic.

Crichton's work was showcased in a number of leading international design periodicals of the day including numerous inclusions in the celebrated 'Decorative Arts and Modern Interiors' throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Publishing company Taschen have re-issued the collection and it's great to see Crichtons work sit comfortably next to offerings from some of the most celebrated international designers.

Crichton's furniture is especially rare and sought after as it was generally produced in low quantities for commercial commissions and rarely labelled. He worked with local craftspeople to produce contemporary designs to his specification using locally sourced materials. Crichton also employed members of the Blind Institute to weave the cane on his woven chairs.

This super rare and very cute lounge chair takes reference from the atomic inspired designs popular in the United States during the 1950s, it has been hand woven by a member of the Blind Institute and retains remnants of the original label.


Materials: Beautifully crafted from woven cane and wrought iron

Cane: Plastic coated and in good vintage condition

Wrought iron: Good vintage condition

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