The Gordon Russell double helix sideboard by Booth and Ledeboer
David Booth and Judith Ledeboer were not a husband and wife as reported in a book i had bought recently ! David Booth was married to the owner of a small quality furniture manufacturer . They had a successful architectural practice , but also designed some furniture . They’re probably best known for the double helix sideboard they designed for the well-known Gordon Russell of Broadway in around 1950 . It was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951 . It was an immediate success and was Gordon Russell’s most successful model at the time , as they turn up regularly for sale . When we looked recently on Vinterior for instance there were 5 for sale priced at between £1100 and £1800 . Condition and strength of colour of the woods obviously affect values .
We have an original early 1950s Gordon Russell Ltd leaflet with one shown on the front page . It’s described as being in ” Mahogany , with top and ends veneered Sapele . Door fronts veneered in Bombay rosewood , recessed to show the white Birch below ” . In the leaflet it was priced at £22 15 shillings , which equates to a very reasonable £700 approx. today . Above it in the leaflet is a slightly more expensive less interesting walnut sideboard which was also popular at the time as there are 4 for sale on Vinterior priced at £550-£700 . The walnut sideboard was definitely more conservative and less radical . It was more of an obvious progression from the Utility range of sideboards than the Helix which was a radical departure from tradition .
The Helix sideboard was 4ft wide ( 122cms ) which was typical for early to mid 1950s furniture . Early to mid-1950s furniture was very light in weight as wood was still used quite sparingly as it was not so readily available . It would be interesting to see how much it would cost today to produce such a piece . It’s become a design icon and many have found their way to the USA in the last few years .
We haven’t currently got any for sale unfortunately !