G-Plan Fresco dining room furniture
G-Plan Fresco was a hugely successful design for Gomme. Introduced in 1966, it became G-Plan's most successful ever range. There is a New Fresco range, which draws on the original range for inspiration, still being made today.
V B Wilkins designed Fresco. He combined the pop art motif of the circle, seen on ceramics and other pieces from the 60s, with the newly fashionable sculptured look for furniture which came from Italy, with the Scandinavian style teak to produce the definitive G-Plan style.
The Fresco teak dining range was introduced in 1966, and comprised a circular table and four chairs, illustrated right above, and a 7ft sideboard (left above). The set was finished in teak veneer. The legs on the chairs and the legs and handles on the sideboard were made in solid afromosia.
At its launch you could buy the sideboard for £59 and the table for £34. All these pieces were manufactured well into the 70s.
Look for pieces in excellent condition. Expect to pay from £150 to £300 for the sideboard. Scruffier pieces will be worth significantly less. £100 will probably secure a good dining table and four chairs.
G-Plan Fresco 1969
For 1969, G-Plan added more furniture to the Fresco range. There was a gate-leg table, a new design of chair and this 5ft sideboard pictured left. All were designed by V B Wilkins and finished in teak with similar style.
G-Plan Fresco 1970
This taller sideboard came in 1970. It was also designed by V B Wilkins and finished in teak veneer.
At 6ft 2in wide and 4ft high, it is a substantial piece of furniture. It cost £79 10s when new in 1970.
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