Vintage G Plan Furniture
Vintage G Plan Furniture is collectible furniture originally produced by the British company E Gomme Ltd.
Brief history and description
In 1953, a man named Donald Gomme (who worked as a designer at E. Gomme's factory) started to produce a variety of different furniture items which we now know of today as "G-plan" furniture. During the company's peak between the 1950s and the 1970s, G-plan furniture was considered to be incredibly desirable and fashionable, and some of the vintage G-plan items still fetch for high prices today.
Some of the many popular vintage G-plan furniture items include desks, coffee tables, lamp tables, dining sets, wall mirrors, bookcases, lounge suites, sideboards and much more. (Gomme previously stated that his mission was to be able to furnish an entire home, yet still allow customers to purchase each piece of furniture item separately).
G-plan furniture items, such as sideboards and coffee tables, typically have a long, low and retro look which was a style that defined the G-plan movement from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Ib Kofod-Larsen, a famous Danish furniture designer, worked for Gomme during the 1960s and designed a variety of G-Plan/Danish furniture items as well.
Light mahogany G-plan sideboards are usually worth around £520 (or $815), while a teak and rosewood G-plan sideboard which was designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen is usually worth around $950 (or £605).
Christie's in London sold a G-plan, red fabric and metal lounge suite for £1,020 in July of 2006.
G-plan dining tables that are made out of rosewood and a black lacquered base are worth around $400.
G-plan, glass-top coffee tables, on the other hand, are usually worth around $250.
Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold a teak G-plan Danish dining suite with six tapered leg chairs for $650 in March of 2009.
Guide for collectors
Complete dining sets or lounge suites that come with matching tables and/or chairs (as opposed to furniture items that are separate from the complete set) are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. G-plan teak furniture is also considered to be a hot commodity for collectors, as well as any furniture item that was designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen.
Restoration of a G-plan furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a G-plan furniture item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding where to find G-plan furniture, visit G-Plan Upholstery's official website, or G-Plan Cabinet's official website.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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