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 pavilion was designed by Breuer to present a range of contemporary furniture in a modern domestic environment. Furniture included pieces designed by Breuer for Gane, as well as work by the likes of AlvarAalto. Apparently it rained much of the time and sales were were not good. However, later in his life, when asked to name his two most seminal 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 and made in Bristol for Gane’s. We are also delighted to have on long term loan an architectural model of the Pavilion created by Crofton’s great-grandson, Max Gane.