30 June 1936 saw the opening of the Gane Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Show in Ashton Court, Bristol, which took place over 5 days. The structure was the result of an intriguing collaboration between Marcel Breuer and Crofton Gane of the Bristol furniture manufacturers P. E. Gane. The Breuer designed pavilion was a temporary showroom for furniture designed by Gane for the duration of the show. Apparently it rained much of the time and sales were were not good. However, later in his life, when asked to name his two favourite buildings, Marcel Breuer cited the Gane Pavilion as second only to the UNESCO building in Paris. See more about Marcel Breuer here breuer.syr.edu/project.php?id=294 and about Crofton Gane here ganetrust.org.
The Ken Stradling Collection includes a range of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer which was made in Bristol for Gane’s. We are also delighted to have on longterm loan a model of the pavilion created by Crofton’s great-grandson, Max Gane.