Race Furniture

Ernest Race founded iconic furniture brand Race Furniture 70 years ago at the end of the Second World War. Race was inspired by new technologies and materials developed during this period, and the Government’s ‘Utility Furniture Scheme’, which encouraged companies to work with alternative materials in order to preserve the country’s limited reserves of timber and other scarce commodities. His first design for Race, the BA3 chair, utilised re-cast aluminium from redundant British warplanes and upholstery made from parachute silk. The only British chair to win the Gold Medal at the 1954 Milan Triennale, the iconic BA2 will be re-launched this summer following London Design Festival 2015. Currently on show at Selfridges, ‘Re-Work It’ is an exclusive collection of BA2 chairs re-interpreted by some of the UK’s leading design talent. The unique design pieces will be auctioned to raise funds and awareness for leading charity The Art Room, providing valuable arts therapy for children from the ages of 5-16.