The Archive picture gallery: #4 Isokon Furniture Company

Yellow marketing leaflet of furniture company

Marketing leaflet. Pritchard Papers, UEA

Isokon Furniture Company was established in 1935 by Jack Pritchard (1899-1992).  Early designers included Walter Gropius (architect and founder of the Bauhaus School), Marcel Breuer (architect and designer of the long chair) and Egon Riss (Penguin donkey bookcase). With an emphasis on plywood, the company focussed on lightweight modular furniture, promoting comfort and minimalism.

Small bookcase

Penguin donkey bookcase mark 1, designed by Egon Riss and Jack Pritchard 1939.

Pritchard’s progressive ideas on urban living were further realised in the fitted and serviced flats he built in Lawn Road, Hampstead. These iconic pieces from the 1930s are still being handmade by Isokon Plus™ today.

Pritchard Papers

Advertisements

One thought on “The Archive picture gallery: #4 Isokon Furniture Company

  1. Pingback: Exploring the Archives: a monthly update #3: July 2016 | Unbound – UEA Archives Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s