Collection by Allie Weiss

Furniture by Little-Known Midcentury Designer Ernest Race Gets a New Life


Responding to a wartime call for furniture, British designer Ernest Race began producing pieces using available materials—particularly aluminum and steel—in the late 1940s. While lesser known than many of his midcentury design contemporaries, Race produced a series of simple chairs, tables, and benches that still feel relevant today. Belgian design firm BuzziSpace is now doing its part to honor Race's classics by offering them alongside their contemporary office designs. Click through the slideshow to see some of our favorite pieces.

Heron armchair (1950) This plush chair is a more angular take on Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair.
BA table (1955) This streamlined table features cast aluminum legs and a laminated plywood table top.
Gazelle table (1951) Designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, this elegant table is supported by a steel rod frame.
Antelope bench (1951) A matching bench, also designed for that year's Festival of Britain.
DA1 chair (1946) This easy chair was a much lighter take on the traditional, bulky armchairs of the time.
Rocker chair (1948) Race gave the traditional Victorian rocking chair a new, modern life with this minimal, metal...
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