The BA3 was Ernest Race’s first design for the company. Wood was scarce at this time and the British Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of weapons and aircraft.
It was an immediate success, becoming the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946. One of the first mass produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world, over 250,000 were made. It won a Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1954 and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Also available in BA2 with with Oak veneered ply backrest.
Also available in BA3A with upholstered armrests.