How to identify G Plan Furniture
Before diving into the key characteristics of G Plan furniture, I thought I would very briefly cover what we mean by G Plan, for anyone coming across this brand for the first time.
What is G Plan furniture?
G Plan furniture is a fashionable, British furniture brand. It was designed by E Gomme Ltd, a manufacturer that was founded by Ebeneezer Gomme in 1898, and arguably achieved its strongest success throughout the period from 1952 to 1958. Design wise G Plan is famed predominately for its use of teak wood – known for its deep colour and everyday practicality.
Today, G plan furniture is still very highly sought-after, and can be used as a standalone feature in the home and office or work just as well when blended with other stylish furniture pieces. You will typically find G Plan furniture at specialist dealers and traders, many of which we are proud to announce can now be found selling via Hunt Vintage.
But that’s enough about the history and now we’ll look at how to ensure you’ve identified truly authentic G Plan furniture.
How to identify original G Plan designs
1. Look for the unique G Plan markings, of which there were a variety depending on when the item was produced. This will be your best indicator of an authentic piece.
1952 – 1960s
The marking would be a golden stamp reading the text ‘E Gomme, High Wycombe’, with a bold EG in the centre. The stamp would also contain the lettering G – PLAN in bold gold writing on the lower section.
During this period a danish version of the label was also in circulation. These items were designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, and carried the following line in bold: ‘DESIGNED BY IB KOFOD-LARSEN, G-PLAN DANISH DESIGN, MADE BY E GOMME LTD, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS’.
1965 – 1975
During this period, G-Plan used a red label, with a large G and the word plan in small at centre.
1985 – 1990
A red and gold version of the (1965-1975) label was introduced with a key differentiation being the text in metallic.
1990 – 1992
In the very early 90’s, G Plan used a new red and gold label which now included a gold border.
2. Unique G Plan Design Features
Many of G Plan’s mid-century work was crafted with straight lines, which you’ll also notice in the examples below.