GEORGE SOWDEN CHAIRS

Designer George Sowden grabs our attention again and again with his crazy, brilliant and super cool 1980's chair designs .

George Sowden was one of the founding members of Memphis Milano in 1981. His designs combine hints of traditional English style with vibrant colours, unusual shapes and experimental finishes in an explosion of postmodern excellence. 

Last year we were lucky enough to purchase one of his 1980's designs for Memphis. The Gloucester chair was designed in 1986. Its 80's form, ebonised frame, red stained timbers and neon pink hand rests give us a buzz daily.

  Gloucester Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: Hopper+Space

 

Gloucester Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: Hopper+Space

  Saragoza Chair for Perkal 1984. Image (c) Sowden Design 

 

Saragoza Chair for Perkal 1984. Image (c) Sowden Design 

  Alhambra Chair for Perkal 1985/6. Image: (c) Wright. 

 

Alhambra Chair for Perkal 1985/6. Image: (c) Wright. 

  Oberoi Chair for Memphis Milano 1981. Image: (c) Mempis Milano 1991

 

Oberoi Chair for Memphis Milano 1981. Image: (c) Mempis Milano 1991

  Palace Chair for Memphis Milano 1983. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 

 

Palace Chair for Memphis Milano 1983. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 

  Gloucester Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 1981

 

Gloucester Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 1981

Liverpool Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 1991


Liverpool Chair for Memphis Milano 1986. Image: (c) Memphis Milano 1991

  Mamounia Chair for Memphis Milano 1985. Image (c) Memphis Milano 1991

 

Mamounia Chair for Memphis Milano 1985. Image (c) Memphis Milano 1991

This original Gloucester Chair is available for sale in our shop. It was loaned to the Design Museum for their 2001 'Memphis Remembered' exhibition which was opened by Etorre Sottsass. 

This original Gloucester Chair is available for sale in our shop. It was loaned to the Design Museum for their 2001 'Memphis Remembered' exhibition which was opened by Etorre Sottsass. 

You can find out more about George Sowden here.