Chair - ROM2006_6953_1



Maker: Designed by Waclaw Czerwinski (1900-1989) & Hilary Stykolt (1894-1974) and manufactured by Canadian Wooden Aircraft Company
Medium:Moulded plywood, bent laminated wood, steel
Geography: Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Date: 1946
85.0 (height) x 41.5 (width) x 48.0 (depth) cm
Object number: 998.28.1
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
DescriptionWaclaw Czerwinski and Hilary Stykolt were refugees from Poland who came to Canada at the beginning of World War II. Stykolt secured a contract from De Havilland Aircraft in Downsview to produce aircraft parts in moulded plywood and bent laminated wood. He employed Czerwinski, an aeronautical engineer, as head of design. Immediately after the war, they adapted wartime technologies to furniture-making. This chair, and a matching dining table, were the first examples in Canada of furniture made entirely of plywood and, consequently, represent a benchmark acheivement in Canadian design history.
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