Garnet Campbell “Garth” Chester
Garnet Campbell “Garth” Chester (1916 – 16 June 1968), was a New Zealand furniture designer.
He established the furniture firm, originals in Penrose, Auckland, and later set up a showroom in Mercury Lane in Auckland.
Several of his designs became highly popular, including the Astoria Chair, the Bikini chair and the Curvesse chair, the latter “an undisputed icon of New Zealand design,” according to Douglas Lloyd Jenkins.
His work is held in the collections of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
He died in 1968, aged 52.
The Bikini Chair. In 1955 Garth Chester, an experimental and self-taught furniture designer, launched a new design – a three-legged chair which he named the Bikini Chair.