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Heron chair

Designed by Ernest Race

Manufactured by Race Furniture

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The easy chair was the must-have piece of furniture in any post war modernist home. All serious furniture designers of the period made an attempt at their own design, and Ernest Race's classic Heron chair more than holds its own against equivalent pieces by Ray and Charles Eames or Eero Saarinen.

Its design incorporated upholstery techniques which were technically challenging even by today's standards. In fact the skill level required to make the chair was so high that when the Race Furniture factory moved to the Isle of Sheppey in 1962 the Heron went out of production due to lack of skilled upholsterers in the new location.

The chair incorporated a number of innovations, but the most important was the use of Latex foam on a steel frame. Latex foam was invented in 1929, but it was only after the war that it became widely available to the domestic market. The use of Latex foam freed Race from the constraints of traditional upholstery techniques such as springing and stuffing, and allowed him to design the chair to more closely fit the human form.

Comfort is further enhanced by the fact that the Heron chair is very generously proportioned, which means you can sit in it in a number of different ways.

Also available separately is the Ernest Race Heron footstool.

Other fabrics and finishes are available - see our Fabrics page. Call us on 0203 904 4796 or email us for more details.

This is a made to order item. Each Heron is individually made by Race Furniture at their factory in Gloucestershire.

Lead time: 6 to 8 weeks

Width: 840mm
Depth: 920mm
Height: 860mm
Weight: 22kg
Upholstery colour
Fate LDS07
Kinship LDS56
Mix LDS17
Open LDS71
Relate LDS44
Serendipity LDS08
Support LDS55
Together LDS70
Alike LDS62
Chain LDS19
Collaborate LDS68
Engage LDS57
Integrate LDS47
Kindness LDS51
Frame colour
Clear lacquered steel
Graphite grey RAL 7024
Metallic silver RAL 9006
Red RAL 3001
Yellow RAL 1016

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