A beautifully designed and crafted sideboard of grand proportions by celebrated British furniture designer Robert Heritage, who is the most awarded designer in the history of the British Design Council. This rare early model is constructed from a combination of teak and afromosia, with thick dove tailed oak lined drawers. Exceptional quality with thick grained timbers this stunning piece of Mid Century design is to be admired from all angles. Even the back of this design classic has fine grained timber made to be seen. Oversize design and very heavy weight confirm superior quality. Points to note include drawer fronts that are 30mm in depth with hand tooled liners and dovetailing again confirming the quality. 99% of sideboards are made using veneers, however this model is made using solid materials with fine attention to detail even on the interior parts that cannot be seen. Dating from 1960 this is a rare piece of Midcentury design. These design classics are getting harder to source and are becoming highly collectable.
Robert Heritage is celebrated as the most awarded designer in the history of the British Design Council. From Birmingham England, he studied design at the Royal College of Art in London, in his early 20's he began working as a designer for G.W. Evans the London-based furniture manufacturer (1951-53). After this short lived experience Robert and his wife Dorothy set up on their own and worked for a number of manufacturers including Race Furniture, Shannon, G.W. Evans Beaver & Tapley, Heals and Archie Shine. During this time Robert Heritage also taught at Twickenham School of Art in London (1953-55) and in later years was professor of furniture design at the Royal College of Art (1974-85). In 1958 Robert Heritage won design award by COID ( Council of Industrial Design) for his Hamilton sideboard In 1968, Heritage designed the interior of the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner , with Ernest Race. His design for the QE2 Restaurant Chair (1968), which was made in aluminum alloy and manufactured by Race Furniture, these were originally used in the Columbia and Britannia restaurants located on the ocean liner. This design was awarded by the COID in 1969, the same year that the QE2 entered service. His timeless designs remain classics of the period. A highly talented and modest man, he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1963. He received the CBE in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Designer and for his work for British Industry for over 50 years.
229cm length x depth 46cm x height 73cm