One of the 20th century’s most acclaimed and important designers, John Dickinson was born in 1920 and grew up in Berkely, California. He attended Parsons School of Design and launched his own firm in San Francisco in 1956. Dickinson was one of the area’s top designers in the 1960s and 1970s when he produced his signature concrete plaster furniture. He died in 1982, but his pieces are still highly collectible and resell for thousands.
From 1980 until his death in 1982, Dickinson’s furniture designs were represented in David Sutherland’s Texas showrooms. Dickinson’s rather fragile plaster pieces became known for their unique combination of whimsy and austerity, humor and elegance. These imaginative designs are easily recognizable and can be found today in museums and high end furniture galleries.
If you’re hoping to add one of Dickinson’s iconic pieces to your home, you can now purchase reproductions of these designs from Sutherland Furniture. Ever since he represented Dickinson’s work in the early 1980’s, David Sutherland hoped to recreate the collection and bring those designs to a wider audience. Sutherland’s hopes have finally been realized. Sutherland now offers Dickinson’s designs, recreated with a more durable glass-reinforced concrete.
I think it is really great that Sutherland carries these reproductions. The indoor and outdoor collections are amazing! Everyone now has access to these fantastic pieces. With Sutherland’s innovative materials, you can not only have a John Dickinson design but actually use the pieces in your home without any worries. I would love to have one of these pieces of history in my own collection!