70s:Re-Working It

By Jo Phillips

The 70th anniversary of the Race Furniture is Inspired by the vibrant colours of the 70’s. Re-Working It, celebrates the BA2 Chair by Earnest Race, alongside many top design artists like;Paul Smith, Barber Osgerby,Bouroullec Brothers, David Chipperfield, Tom Dixon, Lulu Guinness, Nicky Haslam, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Alice Temperley.

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The Race furniture was founded by designer Ernest Race in 1945. This iconic installation celebratesthe collaborationbetween Selfridges and The Art Room in partnership with the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation.The Art Room is acharity that helps children aged 5 to 16, to learn about the beauty of art.It’s a great way to boost self motivation, and to help them build their confidence, self esteem,as well power of creativity.

The chair is used as the symbol and as the charity’s logo to represents one of the objects The Art Room students get to work with, introducing them to a sense of empowerment by transforming objects into something creative.Quirky, vibrant and brash, it accumulates iconic 70’s iconography that is perfect for this up and coming summer.

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This really fits in with psychedelic 70’s wallpaper and lighting that is very popular right now.The colour clashes shown here are eye catching and poignant. The mixture of lines and colour blocks make the object come across as bold and powerful. Bold geometric orange and brown colours and single light bulbs are very in this summer.

Race Furniture will have a presence throughout the Atrium of Selfridges, an online auction will start from the 22nd of May whilst the live auction will commence on the 9th of June. If you’re interested there there’s more details at Paddle 8.

Stuart Finlator the managing director of Race Furniture said: “We are thrilled to be part of this inspired collaboration which marks the 70th anniversary of our BA2 Chair. Look out for our re-launched edition following London Design festival in September 2015.”With so many innovative and exciting things to do this year, Rework it is an sure to be an event worth adding to your bucket list.

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