G Plan Mid-Century Librenza Room Divider Model 880


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A ‘Librenza’ room divider and cabinet from G Plan’s Tola and Black range. Librenza is listed in G Plan’s 1962 catalogue as model number 880; with the model featured in a Radio Times advert as early as 1956. Made in High Wycombe, England, by E. Gomme.

Room divider is tola (African mahogany) veneer on engineered board, in a walnut brown and black finish; its sides feature moulded, solid tola fitted around the board and veneer.

The top cupboard compartment is enclosed by sliding, removable, doors and feature recessed brass handles, the shelves are ebonised, with the smaller middle shelves being adjustable. The unit’s lower section has two drawers and a fall front, bottom cabinet, revealing a shelved interior; both feature original brass, cast, drop handles. The drawers are constructed with machine, dovetail joints and mahogany lined sides. The whole piece is raised on ebonised legs, with brass feet.

The name ‘Librenza’ was devised by Doris Gundry (working within J Walter Thompson advertising agency) and is a combination of ‘library’ and ‘cadenza’, reflecting the design concept. Doris Gundry was also the architect of the name ‘G Plan’ as well as their early slogans.

This Librenza has a E Gomme Gold embossed stamp, which means that it would be have been made between 1956-1965. (This particular stamp was used on furniture made between 1952-1965).

Models from G Plan’s Tola and Black range first appeared in catalogues from 1956 and continued to be sold well into and through the 1960s. The range featured the use of the wood tola (African mahogany), ebonised wood and brass fittings.

Room divider has been revived in our restoration workshop.

Whilst this piece is in great condition, it is vintage, and as such has patination commensurate with its age.

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Product Dimensions:

Width: 95cm x Depth: 47cm x Height: 191cm

Top Compartment (internal):
Width: 88cm x Depth: 25cm x Height: 23cm

Bottom Compartment (intermal):
Width: 88cm x Depth: 25cm x Height: 35cm

Each Drawer (internal):
Width: 33cm x Height: 13.5cm x Depth: 38cm

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