Ernest Race BA2 Chair

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Ernest Race BA2 Chair

The BA2 Chair was a variation of the classic BA3 Chair by Ernest Race. The BA3 Chair was Ernest Race’s first design for Race Furniture. First exhibited at the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946, the design was awarded a gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1954. At a time of limited resources, the BA3 manufacturing process was revolutionary and used salvaged materials, including recast aluminium from redundant aircraft and upholstery from recycled RAF lightweight cotton duck fabric. Early examples of the BA3 are on display at MOMA in New York and the Victoria & Albert in London.

Through the engineering skill of Ernest Race and his partner Noel Jordan, the BA3 became one of the world’s first mass produced chairs. From 1945 to 1964 over 250,000 BA chairs were produced from 850 tons of re-smelted aluminium scrap. In 1947, wood was slightly more plentiful and the BA2 with a veneer backrest was introduced.

The Ernest Race BA2 Chair features as part of the 'Ernest Race Heritage Collection'. View the collection here.

Also available is the BA3 Chair, featuring upholstered seat & backrest (which can be found here).

Product Information

  • Dimensions: W440 x D410 x H760mm
  • Seat height: 480mm
  • Upholstered seat (priced in Band 0 fabric)
  • Oak veneer backrest
  • 8 different fabric bands available, each featuring various fabric ranges
  • Other fabrics available on request
  • Powder-coated frame available in black or white
  • Other powder-coated frame colours available on request
  • Option to change to clear lacquered frame
  • Option to change to polished frame
  • Option to add armrests
  • Frame made from 90% recast recycled aluminium
  • CMHR foam used in seat & backrest, tested to BS 5852
  • Designed by Ernest Race, 1947
  • 5 year warranty

Seat upholstered in Fabric Band 1 - Camira Advantage. Please contact us to discuss alternative fabric options. 

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Warranty: Ernest Race BA2 Chair comes with a 5 year manufacturers warranty.