Vintage G-Plan cabinet furniture ranges (1953 to 1969)

G-Plan began in 1953 with just one range of furniture, Brandon, finished in light or mid oak. Light oak was the fashionable look in the early 50s, mid oak, meant to appeal to traditionalists, was much less popular. Consequently today most surviving Brandon is in light oak.

E Gomme introduced new ranges to keep up with changes in fashion. A combination of rich African mahogany and ebonised finished details, 'Tola and Black', was their next range. In the early 60s, Donald Gomme, the brains behind G-Plan, left the company and the firm lost its way. They launched a number of different ranges to attempt to please to all tastes. Donald's brother, Lesley Gomme, eventually brought things back under control towards the end of the decade and rationnalised the ranges concentrating mainly on the new Fresco range in cabinet furniture.

For collectors it is important to establish which range a piece comes from. This is our summary of the main G-Plan ranges from 1953 to 1970.

G-Plan Brandon coffee table, 1950s (image dirtybanjo)

Brandon

  • Launch date: 1953
  • Finish: Light or mid oak
  • Designer: Victor Bramwell Wilkins
  • Features: Splayed legs, wooden handles, simple style

Brandon was the first range of G-Plan launched in 1953.

Chinese White

  • Launch date: 1956
  • Finish: Light oak and white
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Features: Wooden handles, white drawers or cupboard doors, some brass fittings. Pieces sometimes have black ebonised legs.

For a detailed guide to Brandon see G-Plan Brandon

G-Plan tola and black sideboard, c1958, (image retroandvintagefurniture)

Tola and Black

  • Launch date: 1958
  • Finish: Tola (African Mahogony), ebonised legs
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Features: Brass fittings

Tola and Black was a new glamorous range for the late 50s. It is sometimes found without the ebonised legs, with the furniture finished in tola only.

Limba chest of drawers, 1960 (Image recycled*design modified by Retrowow

Limba

  • Launch date: 1960
  • Finish: Honey coloured limba (an African wood) with metal legs
  • Designer: Lesley Dandy
  • Features: Very severe minimalist design

Although very much in the modern style, Limba did not work for G-Plan. Stag's C-Range of a few years' earlier was much more successful. By the end of the fifties people were looking for more bling and found Limba a bit too reminiscent of office furniture.

G-Plan decorated bedroom, 1962

G-Plan Decorated

  • Launch date: 1961
  • Finish: White lacquer and pale grey laminated plastic decorated with plants in a Chinese style
  • Designer: Lesley Dandy
  • Features: Chinese style

G-Plan Decorated brought a more feminine look to the bedroom. Inspired by period Chinese pieces finished in lacquer, G-Plan Decorated combined modern style with a traditional finish. It was a break with Gomme's modernist approach to G-Plan.

G-Plan tola sideboard c1962 (image homeheritage)

New Tola

  • Launch date: 1961
  • Finish: Tola with brass handles and wooden legs
  • Designer: Lesley Dandy
  • Features: Low long look.

The new Tola (Oak finish was also available) was influenced by the Scandinavian trend of long low sideboards. However, the finish in Tola was similar to other Gomme pieces. The range included G-Plan's longest sideboard (model number 4007) which measured 7 feet 3 inches. There was a smaller 4 feet 9 inches sideboard (4005) with a similar finish. There were also two dining table options: an extending table (4305) and a drop leaf table (4310). Gomme was a little behind the times with this range. Competitors MacIntosh and Austinsuite had already started marketing teak ranges with a Scandinavian look.

G-Plan Group 3, 1962 (image courtesy of High Wycombe Furniture Archive)

G-Plan Group 3

  • Launch date: 1962
  • Finish: Oak and teak veneers, or all teak from 1963
  • Designer: Richard Young
  • Features: Simple style

Group 3 was inexpensive furniture designed for flats and small houses. Aimed at the young end of the market, it was also modern and well designed.

G-Plan Danish

  • Launch date: 1962
  • Finish: Teak or rosewood
  • Designer: Ib Kofod-Larsen
  • Features: Top quality finish. Teak furniture had rosewood handles Some sideboards had leather handles.

G-Plan introduced Danish in 1962 in response to competition for Scandinavian imports. It was a move upmarket for Gomme and today G-Plan Danish is Gomme's most sought after range. See G-Plan Danish for more information.

G-Plan Collector, 1962 (image courtesy of High Wycombe Furniture Archive)

G-Plan Collector

  • Launch date: 1962
  • Finish: American walnut
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Features: Rounded off square metal handles, panel doors.

Gomme was very active with new ranges in the early 60s. Collector was more traditional looking than contemporary G-Plan.


G-Plan Young Idea (bedroom)

  • Launch date: 1963
  • Finish: Light oak with walnut rosewood and white lacquer contrasts
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Features: Built-in type furniture

This new range of bedroom furniture for 1963 was designed to look built-in. The range included chests of drawers, dressing tables, wardrobes, cupboards and headboards.

G-Plan Country Style, 1962 (image courtesy of High Wycombe Furniture Archive)

G-Plan Country Style

  • Launch date: 1964
  • Finish: Bleached oak
  • Designer: Richard Young

Country Style was plain furniture finished in natural oak. It followed the trend of pine finished kitchens which was just beginning in the mid sixties.

G-Plan Quadrille bedroom suite, 1965 (image courtesy of High Wycombe Furniture Archive)

G-Plan Quadrille

  • Launch date: 1965
  • Finish: Teak
  • Designer: R Bennett
  • Features: Simple style, teak finish handles, similar to Fresco, but smaller.

Quadrille was modern bedroom furniture in a simple style and teak finish.

G-Plan Fresco

  • Launch date: 1966
  • Finish: Teak
  • Designer: Victor Bramwell Wilkins
  • Features: Teak finish, sculptured look.
G-Plan Form Five wall unit, 1968 (image courtesy of High Wycombe Furniture Archive)

Gomme introduced Fresco in 1966 for the dining room. It had a sculptured look to it and the chairs had circular seats. This was one of Gomme's most successful ranges and remained in the catalogue for many years. For more information see G-Plan Fresco.

G-Plan Form Five

  • Launch date: 1967
  • Finish: Teak
  • Designer: R Bennett
  • Features: Teak finish, modern look

Form Five was a range of modern furniture in a simple minimla style introduced around the end of the 60s and exbanded in the early 70s. Gomme dropped the range by the mid 70s..

See also G-Plan ranges 1970 to 1979

Your comments

"Hi. We have been clearing my mother's bungalow. She has some nice pieces of 1950's G-Plan Tola and black with brass fittings in good condition with just a few scratches. Where is the best place to sell and what sort of price should we ask? There is a dressing table, chest of drawers, sideboard and dining table with 6 chairs (which have been recovered) I do have photos.
Rowena" Rowena 25/01/2013
"Hi Rowena, By far the best place to sell G-Plan is eBay. However, condition is everything. Tola and Black sideboards usually go for £30 to £50. The table and chairs might be worth slightly more, around £60 and the dressing table about £30. Expect from £20 to £50 for the chest of drawers. I would advertise them separately, not as one lot. Best regards" Steven 26/01/2013
"Hi, I have a G-Plan dressing table with triple mirror in immaculate condition, I'm not sure which wood it is (oak/light colour). Is ebay the best place for me to sell this, what starting price should I put ? any idea how much I can expect to get ? Thank you" holly 07/03/2013
"Hi Holly, The oak dressing tables don't seem to fetch much on eBay. May be around £30. You might want to start at about £19.99, then at least if there is only one bidder, you won't let it go too cheap. Good luck!" Steven 09/03/2013
"Hello! I have some G Plan E Gomme (Gold label) drawers. They look exactly like the Brandon range BUT they are a very dark wood (darker than teak). They are in excellent condition (4 drawers), but I have tried researching them and can't find their existence anywhere! Do you know if the Brandon range was ever done in a dark wood. It's not varnished from what I can work out. Any help appreciated." abigail gaines 08/01/2014
"Yes indeed. Gomme made Brandon in a darker oak as well as the more fashionable light oak. I think the idea was to appeal to those with more traditional tastes. The design was still modern of course." steven 08/01/2014
"Hi - wonder if you can help? I have a set of four E Gomme G plan [gold stamp] light oak dining chairs with low wooden back bars and tan leather [not upholstered]seats.They look to me 60's or early 70's ? So far I have been unable to find an image of or details about these chairs - any help would be much appreciated." michael 22/02/2014
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