Collection

'Manhattan' lounge chair

Collection: When modernism goes bad

Category: Furniture

Date: 1962

Designer: George Fejer and Eric Phamphilon

Nationality of Designer: British

Manufacturer: Guy Rogers Ltd

Manufacturers Location: Speke, Liverpool (U.K)

Material: Teak, high density foam, tweed fabric

Dimensions: Height 94cm, Width 69cm, Depth 73cm

Abstract:

Afromosia wood, high density foam, irish tweed chair

Provenance:

Purchased from a holiday home in the Lake District - bought from new by the owners - the parents of artist Jen Southern

Personal history/nominator:

A classic piece of modernist design direct from the heart of hipness circa 1960's. A rare moment in recent British history where the centre of cultural change moved out of London briefly. Guy Rogers series of designs were all named after aspirational destinations in the USA, romantic visions of wealth and plenty for a post war Britain. The Manhatten suite and the Santa Fa - a leather and saddle like affair, an example resides in the Grizedale office for moments of extreme lounging.

Adaptions/renovations:

Excellent condition

Why it's in the Collection:

A minor piece in 1960s British design, this high backed chair designed for Guy Rogers by George Fejer and Eric Phamphilon is made from solid Afromosia wood and covered with Ruskin Tweed from the Isle of Man. The designs with their American romantic overtones represent the aspiration of the UK, the influence and interst in all things american, centred around music and pop culture. All the Roger's designs reflect a Scando aesthetic whilst looking across the Atlantic at the more opulent materials and wild design that usherd in the end of modernism as the 1970's brought mass production and exuberant design to every household.

Guy Rogers continued producing the same designs throughout the 70's and into the 80's - having paid for the designs the company clearly planned to get their moneys worth - contributing no doubt to their demise.

About the Designer/Maker:

Little is known about Eric Phamphilon. George Fejer on the other hand seems to have been a major back-room figure - a Hungarian emigre - he also worked as a designer for Hygena - another Liverpool based company. Fejer's studio was based in Wimbledon and he is credited as the originator of the fitted kitchen.

About the Manufacturer:

Not much is known about the manufacturer Guy Rogers. Guy Rogers Ltd was based in Speke, Liverpool. They supplied Heals of Tottenham Court Road, London and similar quality stores in the UK. 

We believe the factory ceased production in the 1980s.