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Mid-Century Modern Bookcase

Mid-Century Modern Bookcase.

This Mid-Century modern bookcase is handmade in  African Mahogany, American Walnut, and Teak.  Dimensions  60″ width xMid-Century Modern Bookcase 18″ depth x 107″ H.   The sliding door panels are painted in English Farrow & Ball emulsion. The colours that were selected by the client feature India Yellow #66 and Blazer #212.

The design for the cabinet was inspired by three important mid-century designers.  The staggered vertical shelf dividers are drawn from unique bookcases created by the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand.  The colored sliding door panels were inspired by sideboards designed by the Danish furniture designer Finn Juhl. The half round molding profiles with their sculptured mitered joints are reminiscent of  T H Robsjohn Gibbings work for the Widdicomb Furniture  Company in the early 1960’s. Dimensions:  Height 108″ x Width 60″ x Depth 20″

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Finn Juhl Dining Table

Finn Juhl Dining Table FJ44 c 1944.  Sold at Phillips London April 27, 2016 for $98,500.00.  Cabinet maker  Niels Vodder. One of 12 made. Phillps describes the one sold as in Cuban Mahogany and painted. The other FJ44 description I found was in Teak and Formica. Two versions are shown. Really interesting piece and important Mid-Century Modern design.Finn Juhl Head shotFinn Juhl Dining Table FJ44Finn Juhl Fj44 open

Cabinet Featuring Integrated Desk Old Mission Peninsula

Cabinet Featuring Integrated DeskCabinet Featuring Integrated Desk

The cabinet featuring integrated desk was designed for my client who owns a wonderful mid-century modern house on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan.

The cabinet features a painted bookcase with three adjustable shelves and a recessed pigeon hole unit for the desk.   The solid cherry pigeon hole is fitted with a natural white maple partitions and illuminated with cobalt blue glass back panels.  The cherry partners desk is fitted with a traditional map style drawer in African Wenge that functions as a “pencil drawer” on both sides of the top.

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Chair Model No. DRB15

Chair Model No. DRB 15

Chair Model No. DRB 15  is composed of American Cherry solids with African Wenge back splat and polished  Stainless Steel banding. The hand tied traditional sprung seat is shown in fine Cognac brown hide.  The curved cherry back rest was glued up to the required thickness and band-sawed on a taper.  The back rest blank was also positioned on a compound angle on the saw table so that no glue line was visible on the face,  disrupting the pattern of the wood grain.  The back splat is veneered in beautiful dark African Wenge and traced with a banding of polished stainless steel.  Polished stainless hex key fasteners are used as both functional and decorative elements. The tapered Cherry back legs are splayed on a compound angle to give the chair an elegant stance. Please click on images to enlarge.

Chad Womack Chair Model # DRB15 June 2015_0258 web

Chair Model No.DRB15 in Cherry, Wenge & Stainless Steel

7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment

7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment.

The 7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment was inspired by the interest in modern furniture from France in 1930’s the 1950’s. This period of design is frequently described as “40 French Furniture”.  In the late 1990’s when I was V.7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & ParchmentP. of Design and Product Development at John Widdicomb Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  I produced a number of furniture collections based on this wonderful period of design.  Designers of the 40’s period looked back on the opulent French Louis XVI Cabinet Makers and reduced the bronze ornamentation but kept the silhouette.  The French designer Jean-Michael Frank is the acknowledged master of the distillation of  18c French interior design.  Frank used parchment not only furniture but covered entire rooms with square panels wrapped with the skin.  The 7 Drawer Desk is constructed of solid American Walnut with Parchment covering veneered panels. The walnut top is fitted with a recessed parchment panel that has a glass panel over the top for protection.  The Greek key style pedestals are cantilevered over the open plinth. Polished Stainless Steel drawer pulls are graduated in size on the drawer fronts. The left pedestal features a unique drawer that functions as a small lock box and is illustrated below.

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Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Built-in Room Divider

Painted room divider featuring stain glass windows. The cabinet was designed to create a visual display case for the client and to let light thru to the stairwell behind it.  The windows were selected from their collection of antique stain glass window’s that they had acquired over the years.

The neo-classical style cabinet features a cornice that rests on four columns that are headed by Capitals I designed based on 9c Temple Mayan Temple of Turtles in Yucatan Mexico. The columns are traced with delicate 3/16″ walnut bead moulding.  The Walnut bead moulding was also used to fix the stain glass window’s in place.  The idea of using the walnut was to mimic the lead framing used in the construction of the antique windows.  The cabinet is finished identically on the reverse side.

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Painted Room Divider Featuring Stain Glass windows

Capital design based on the Myan 9c Temple of Turtles