Airfoam Lounge Chair No.141

In the 1950s, there were several Canadian designers whose work was repeatedly selected for design awards and exhibited internationally. Their work was consistent with design trends in Europe and the US that reflected public interest in new materials and in abstract art and modern architecture. On the West Coast, Earle Morrison, Robin Bush, and Peter Cotton were the first in Canada to develop clean, well-proportioned cabinets, upholstered chairs and tables supported by thin steel legs that allowed the pieces to seemingly float above the floor. Their choice of inexpensive and readily available iron rod and angle iron as structural materials allowed them to bypass expensive traditional woodworking methods and quickly insert their designs into the new architectural scene then emerging in Vancouver and across the country.

-Allan Collier, The Modern Eye: Craft and Design in Canada 1940-1980
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, July 22, 2011 – November 27, 2011

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