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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« on: Sep 08, 2009, 01:39 AM »
So the Race chairs lasted there all all that time...

At the end, they were only left in the Princess Grill (and labelled underneath "Britannia Restaurant") :


QE2 Britannia Restaurant by prondis_in_kenya, on Flickr

More pictures here :

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=race%20chair&w=55206992%40N00
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Re: QE2 Race Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #1 on: Sep 08, 2009, 01:47 AM »
I just dragged out my photos from 1988 - those were the chairs in Mauretania; but I also found another photo that shows "Club Lido" - must have been the club with the light up floor that I remember?  I just have a photo of the sign outside - no photos from the inside (I was probably too busy trying to stay on the "moving" dance floor - couldn't take photos!)
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 08, 2009, 09:21 AM »
Note from the Forum Administrator - this text below may not be used outwith this forum without permission.


For those interested - here is my research into the Race Chairs.

QE2 RACE RESTAURANT CHAIR, Designed by Robert Heritage for Race Furniture

When QE2 entered service the ship featured 1,300 Race restaurant chairs; the chairs actually turned out to be one of the most complex development programmes ever undertaken by a British chair manufacturer. Designed by Robert Heritage for Race Furniture, the chair’s development also required the active co-operation or research personnel in seven different companies.

Perhaps the biggest single problem was producing the pre-formed plywood shells and liners. The right radius of the two fronts and return bends on the back shell demanded manufacturing techniques different from any previously used. Alesbury Bros, who were given the job, said afterwards that the contract vastly increased their technical knowledge. Blemish-free plywood shells had to be made to an unusually high degree of accuracy, more than half faced with Formica on the outer surfaces – a task which required the design and manufacture of special post-forming jigs and heaters. The complex curves meant that the plywood and the laminate shells had to match exactly to be bonded together without damage.

The British Aluminium Company, who made the chairs’ striking two-legged under frame, also had problems. They had to cut three dies before they could satisfactorily produce the H profile of the extruded aluminium legs.

Certainly the most surprising aspect of the chair’s production was the fact that the metal legs and feet were glued together with Araldite. It was the first time that adhesive had been used to secure such a critical joint in furniture, yet after long and detailed tests both Race and the Furniture Industry Research Association were satisfied that the joints had immense strength.

Because of the sharply turned arch shape of both seat and back, the cushioning units needed a lip that would absorb the outer rims of both shells; moulding such a unit promised to be extremely difficult. Using hand-built prototypes, and after constant adjustments, Dunlopillo devised a method of moulding the units flat and at the same time produce cushioning that fitted into the shells without creasing.

In prototype form it was discovered that the chair’s polished aluminium base developed too much friction to glide freely over a heavy pile carpet and there was some danger of it tipping over when pushed back from the table. The suggested solution was to insert small pads of polytetrafluoroethlene resin (PTFE) in recesses cast in the chair’s feet to provide free-gliding action. The problem of sticking the non-stick pad to the frame was passed over to Richard Klinger, development engineers who came up with the bondable-backed PTFE called Duplex. 

When QE2 entered service in 1969 the chairs were used in the Columbia Restaurant (Quarter Deck) and Britannia Restaurant (Upper Deck). The chairs were noted for their provision of great comfort to diners and practicality with regard to cleaning.


By 2008 just over 100 of these special chairs were being used in the Princess Grill.
 
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT /
MAURETANIA RESTAURANT


1969 Upholstered in brown.

1972   The chairs were reupholstered in cream.

1977   Redundant chairs (of the same design) from the former Britannia Restaurant were relocated to the Columbia Restaurant and recovered in white hide to replace damaged Columbia seating.

At some point the chairs were redone in a different shade of cream.

1984   The chairs were redone in pinky beige to match the new colour scheme of the room.

1994   The existing chairs were re-upholstered in cream.

1996   The Race chairs were removed forever.


BRITANNIA RESTURANT /
TABLES OF THE WORLD /
MAURETANIA RESTAURANT


1969         Upholstered in red and white

1972   Additional chairs in the same colour scheme were introduced as part if the restaurant expansion.

1977   The chairs were redone in a variety of colours to match the new theme of the restaurant when the room became Tables of the World. Colours included: dark red, blue velvet and green.

1986 / 87   All chairs ere re-covered in rosy multi-hues that complemented the burnt orange and dusty rose pink and soft peach window frames.

1992         The chairs were re-done in beige.

1994         The Race chairs were removed forever.

THE GRILL ROOM /
PRINCESS GRILL


1972   The Race chairs were introduced into the space of The Grill Room when this space became part of the expanded Columbia Restaurant. The chairs were upholstered in cream.

1976   The chairs were redone in burgundy red when the space became the Princess Grill.

1996   The Grill received its first significant colour change since QE2’s introduction in 1969, with blue being introduced to complement the burgundy red colour scheme; the chairs were redone in blue.

1999   The dominating colour scheme of the Grill became red again and the chairs were recovered in red.

2006   The chairs were re-upholstered in a patterned red fabric.


QUEENS GRILL LOUNGE

1972   Several of the Race chairs were placed in this room (upholstered in cream) for a time.

They were removed in the 1970s.
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 Race Chairs by Robert Heritage
« Reply #3 on: Sep 08, 2009, 12:31 PM »
Flagship, great thanks for that. Your erudition and the depth of your research and record-keeping is benefiting all of us here.

I wonder how the chairs survived all those changes? Did some of the moulding have to be re-made?

And what happened those that were removed? Do they appear on the market from time to time?

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Online Michael Gallagher

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 08, 2009, 01:04 PM »
Thank you Isabelle. The chairs were incredibly well built and seemed to struggle one with all the changes. A few seemed to get a bit wobbly at the end but overall they survived well. Those that left the ship I suspect now grace a few homes. Indeed my chair in my QE2 room is a Race chair - a surprise birthday present this year purchased from Ebay. The fabric dates from the 1996 - 1996 incarnation of the Caronia Restaurant  (my favourite period of that room). I saw a set of six Race chairs on Ebay a few months back. So - they're scattered far and wide! Michael
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 22, 2010, 01:12 AM »
See attached
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 22, 2012, 05:17 PM »
QE2 Race Restaurant Chair in original finishes


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« Reply #7 on: Jan 22, 2012, 05:32 PM »
By my calculations the oldest chairs lasted 37 years! Thats pretty darn good! At my hotel we are lucky to get 10!

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Re: QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #8 on: Jan 22, 2012, 05:45 PM »
The reason I was updating this topic tonight, is because I wanted to boast that I'd just got my own QE2 Restaurant Chair!

It arrived last week.  As soon as I sat in it, I could feel myself back in the Princess Grill in my smart clothes waiting on a superb dinner!

Image attached.  Its sort of pinky-beige and I think is from either the Mauretania before its refit or from the Columbia before it became Caronia... not sure.
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Re: QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #9 on: Jan 22, 2012, 06:53 PM »
Looks like from the Maurentaina Restaurant 87-94 version

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 22, 2012, 06:54 PM »
It might be Mauritania, but its not 87 vintage.  In 87 they had a funky marbled pinky-purble thing going on - it was hideous!
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Re: QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #11 on: Jan 22, 2012, 07:18 PM »
Just looked through photos your right but those chairs got changed in the 1990 refit.And looks like the one you have.

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 22, 2012, 08:58 PM »
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,3952.msg42414.html#msg42414

Looks like there are quite a number of Race chairs with this cover between 2 and 4 mins of this video -- have a look!

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 22, 2012, 11:04 PM »
The reason I was updating this topic tonight, is because I wanted to boast that I'd just got my own QE2 Restaurant Chair!

It arrived last week.  As soon as I sat in it, I could feel myself back in the Princess Grill in my smart clothes waiting on a superb dinner!

Image attached.  Its sort of pinky-beige and I think is from either the Mauretania before its refit or from the Columbia before it became Caronia... not sure.

Sounds very good indeed Rob!



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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 22, 2012, 11:28 PM »
Great purchase Rob, Now just think who has rested there before you...
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #15 on: Feb 10, 2013, 07:10 PM »
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,3952.msg42414.html#msg42414

Looks like there are quite a number of Race chairs with this cover between 2 and 4 mins of this video -- have a look!
    WE have 6chairs for sale where i work but there in brown leather vendor said they came of  the qe2
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Re: QE2 "Race" Restaurant Chair by Robert Heritage
« Reply #16 on: Feb 10, 2013, 07:48 PM »
    WE have 6chairs for sale where i work but there in brown leather vendor said they came of  the qe2

Hi Paul, can you give us any more information so that if any of us are interested, we can find out more, see photos, and see a price or whatever?

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 10, 2013, 09:06 PM »
auction is doing the catalouge now, i will let you know when its online sale is feb 25th it will be online before that date.these chairs are upholsterd in leather vendor said they came from the qe2 but we dont  have any provanounce [i cant spell]i like comingon here but i also get sad/tearfull of no qe2 anymore
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« Reply #19 on: Apr 07, 2014, 09:40 AM »
Reading this topic about the QE2 Race chairs brings back memories of seeing these chairs in the Princess Grill.  At the time I just loved the design of the chairs but I wish had had the advantage of knowing the history as outlined by Michael in reply #2. 

Have a look at the photos that Isabelle has posted in Flickr in the link at the start of this topic, which is a good reminder  of the chairs in the Princess Grill. 
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,3966.0.html
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