Another rarely seen G Plan design from the 1960s
G Plan launched their well-known and successful Fresco series in their 1968 catalogue . It was the first and only time they seem to have acknowledged a designer other than Ib Kofod Larsen ! The catalogue says ” In the Fresco range , Victor Wilkins, G-Plans design consultant , introduces a new look to modern furniture : the sculptured look . A rounding of hard corners . A delicate curving of edges . A moulded feeling to handles . Fresco is modern sculpture to live with – very comfortably !
In 1968 the Fresco dining range only included the long 7ft ( 213cm ) sideboard , the highboard shown here , 2 dining tables , 2 chairs a serving table and a buffet trolley . The 1969 catalogue introduces a 5ft ( 152.5cm ) sideboard , 2 additional tables and 1 chair . The highboard has gone , as have the trolley and the serving table has been replaced with a design with drop ends . The trolley , serving table and this caned highboard presumably didn’t prove to be popular and were soon withdrawn which is why all 3 of them are so rare and hard to find today . In 8 or so years of regularly buying G Plan we’ve only had 1 of each of these pieces !
The 1968 catalogue has the following which they call a ” Fashion note ” ! It goes on to say ” Remember cane ? Cane returns triumphant in the Fresco high sideboard . Let your fingers feel the contrast between its cross-weave texture and the smooth grain of the wood ” . Unfortunately it didn’t prove to be that triumphant , even though similar wall coverings were fashionable at the time .
At £72 10 shillings it was £10 more expensive than the 7ft Fresco sideboard which adjusted for inflation over the last 50 years is around £1300 . However bear in mind that the nearest UK made equivalent will be Ercol which will cost far more than that .