Collection

G-Plan Coffee Table

Collection: When modernism goes bad

Category: Furniture

Date: Circa 1960s

Manufacturer: G-Plan

Manufacturers Location: England (U.K)

Material: Teak

Dimensions: Height 49 cm x Width 53 cm

Abstract:

Nest of three G-Plan coffee tables

Provenance:

Kendal Charity Shop, The Lake District, marked with a red label for 'G-Plan' - used from the second half of the sixties onwards. 

Adaptions/renovations:

None- good condition

Why it's in the Collection:

Vintage g-plan fashionable in contemporary interior design

About the Designer/Maker:


 

About the Manufacturer:

G-Plan is the ultimate retro furniture. The G-Plan brand defined modern furniture in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The company was the brainchild of Donald Gomme. In 1952, he bought the company right up to date by introducing a modern, national brand - with the clever concept of interchangeable furniture.

The first G-Plan range was called Brandon, that epitomized the light, contemporary style of the 1951 Festival of Britain and was clearly influenced by pioneering designers Robin Day and Gordon Russell.

Apart from a few disaster ranges such as the African Mahogany and Limba - retailers coined the phrase,'lumbered with limba' - in the early 60s, G -Plan looked to Scandinavia and hired their own Danish designer, Ib Kofod- Larson. He designed a whole new range for Gomme called G-Plan Danish.

In the late 60s, the sculpted look was in fashion and G-Plan led the way in the market. They introduced their most successful range of teak furniture, which continued into the 70s.

ITVs popular game show 'The Golden Shot', hosted by Bob Monkhouse, offered a G-Plan Fresco dining suite and a G-Plan reclining chair as prizes in 1971. Perhaps this marked the beginning of the end.

Bibliography & Further information

The G-Plan Revolution: A Celebration of British Popular Furniture of the 1950s and 1960s, Basil Hyman and Steven Braggs, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2007, ISBN-10: 1861543107

G-Plan fans