Uniflex chest of drawers by Peter Hayward c 1960
Peter Hayward is best known for his mid 1950s designs for Vanson , but then he seems to have designed for Uniflex around 1960 before Gunther Hoffstead .
This smart chest is mainly veneered in a Sapele with contrasting walnut to the 3 lower drawers . The lovely brass knob handles are typical of the late 1950s and early 1960s . Most people describe these as teak , but it’s definitely Sapele which has a distinctive stripe and was used by some makers before teak became the wood of choice with British manufacturers around 1962/63 .
It had a few small marks when we bought it , but it’s now been cleaned and looks great . It’s fully stamped Uniflex and unlike one of these we’ve seen for sale the legs are the original height .
Although it has been cleaned and has no obvious marks , you do have to expect very minor signs of use after nearly 60 years of use if you look extremely closely .
Its 115cms high , 46 deep ( plus handles ) and 61cms wide