Friday 6 April 2018

Lot 553 A Robert Heritage for Archie Shine, 1960's rosewood Bridgeford drum table
to be sold in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 11th April

In the late 50’s and throughout the 60’s Archie Shine, a British furniture manufacturer produced some high class Danish inspired designs. Pioneering the Scandinavian style in Britain, the Archie Shine range, particularly the Danish look was simple and elegant with long, low lines. With high quality craftsmanship and being well proportioned the Danish ranges became much more mainstream and popular in the 60’s.
Robert Heritage, one of Britains greatest mid-century designers, designed the famous Hamilton sideboard for Archie Shine, basing this on the classic Scandinavian, long, low line and won a Design Centre Award for the design in 1958. Heritage studied art in his hometown of Birmingham and then at the Royal College of Arts. Setting up his own studio in 1953 to focus on industrial design and consultancy. After designing the sideboard, Heritage’s design career continued to develop into the 60’s and he collaborated with some of the biggest names in furniture. In 1968 together with Ernest Race, Heritage designed the furniture for the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner.

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