Learn about Roger Mclay

Roger McLay (1922 – 2000) trained at the National Art School, Sydney, and then as an apprenticeship with printing company John Sands in lithography. After serving in World War II from 1939 to 1945, he returned to the Art School from 1945-47. Roger McLay's Kone chair was contructed from plywood on a painted steel base, with a small amount of rubber to provide stability. Production of the Kone Chair started in 1948. In its 12 years of production, two styles were manufactured: circular and circular with trimmed sides. Some chairs were upholstered. Like many other mid 20th century furniture designers, mcLay used wood laminate developed during the war, but his unique contribution was not to use moulding to create his chair. Instead the laminate was a single sheet bent into shape and fixed to a metal frame. The first chairs may be identified by the designers name and model. Descon made the chairs from the mid 1950s. From: Carter's "Collecting Australiana", William & Dorothy Hall, published by John Furphy Pty. Ltd. 2005
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Roger Mclay. Kone' chair. Plywood, steel, rubber stoppers. Australia c1950s. Stamped top back- triangle stamp. 72 cm high, 78 cm wide, 63 cm deep

Roger McLay (1922-2000), Kone chair, designed 1948 manufactured by Descon, Brookvale, Sydney, Australia, single sheet of marine plywood, black enamelled steel frame, retains decal label 'Kone design, by Roger Mclay'. Height 72 cm. Width 77.5 cm

Roger McLay (1922-2000), Kone chair, designed 1948 manufactured by Descon, Brookvale, Sydney, single sheet of marine plywood, black enamelled steel frame. Height 68 cm

Roger McLay (1922-2000), Kone chair, designed 1948 manufactured by Descon, Brookvale, Sydney, Australia, single sheet of marine plywood, black enamelled steel frame, retains decal label 'Kone Design, by Roger Mclay'. Height 68 cm

Roger McLay, Kone chair, Australian c. 1948, formed plywood, black iron frame, manufactured by Descon Laminates. Height 68 cm

A Roger McLay 1950s Plywood Cone chair set on steel base with black rubber stoppers. Height 68.5 cm. Width 74 cm

Roger Mclay, 'Kone' chair, c1948, manufactured by Deson's, Brookvale NSW, with original yellow cotton chenille cover. Height 73 cm

A Roger McLay Kone chair designed 1948 manufactured by Descon Laminates, the circular shaped seat formed from a single coachwood ply sheet raised on a black steel four legged base faint manufactures stamp lower back.

Roger Mclay, Kone chair, manufactured by Descon Laminates, Australia, plywood, black enamelled steel frame

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