Modern + Contemporary Design /28 March 2006


Hugh Acton

Suspended Beam bench
Hugh Acton, Inc.
USA, 1954
walnut, brass
94 w × 18 d × 14 h in (239 × 46 × 36 cm)

literature: Sourcebook of Modern Furniture, Habegger and Osman, pg. 70

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,240

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Hugh Acton 1925–2018

Hugh Acton was an artist and designer, based primarily in Kalamazoo, Michigan, working in a style that blended the best of the American craft tradition and Scandinavian mid-century design. He is most known for his pioneering “Acton Stacker” (the first stackable chair with arms) and his epochal wood and metal slat bench.

Acton was born in 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri and soon after adopted by a family who owned a farm and ranch in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. From a young age, he showed a penchant for building things and his time spent on the farm would influence his design ethos of simplicity in form and material. 

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