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The Missing Finn Juhl Coffee Table

The Missing Finn Juhl Coffee Table

A virtually unknown “unique” table designed by Danish Architect/ Furniture Designer Finn Juhl (1912-1989) is coming up for Auction after remaining in a private collection for 70 years. The table by Finn Juhl is being sold by the Danish Auction House Brunn Rasmussen on Sept 25, 2017.  The  “Dream Table” is the star of the Nordic Masters Sale #873 Lot 1006 with an estimate of $32,000 to $64,000.


Finn Juhl coffee table

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The Full Nelson. George Nelson’s Gate Leg Dining Table

The Full Nelson. George Nelson’s Gate Leg Dining  #4656 for Herman Miller.

Nelson Table open

George Nelson Dining Table #4656 for Herman Miller restored by TC Woodcrafters.

George Nelson’s gate leg dining table #4656 was designed for the Herman Miller Company in 1946. The table illustrated was recently restored by my friends at Tim and Anne Donn at TC Woodcrafters in Traverse City Michigan.  Woodcrafters beautifully restored the finish and damages that occurred  from normal use.  The table was produced from 1947-1960  and is shown in American Walnut. It was also manufactured in South American Prima Vera solids and veneers. The underside of the table top is stamped with #17. It is unclear if this a factory “batch” number or the 17th table produced.

This type of table gate leg table converting from a console table to a dining table borrows from traditional designs as far back as the 17th century Jacobean period.  The table stylistic departure from traditional furniture as well as Nelson’s design accentuating  the joints function into a design detail is unique in American mass produced casegoods of this period.   The top featuring  large notched style rule joint “knuckle joint” creates a beautiful interlocking pattern across the width of the top.  The more refined rule joint with hidden hinges would have been the only acceptable method  traditionally used on high-quality furniture.  Here Nelson makes a feature of the joint on both top and the gate leg supports.  More research needs to be done to see if Nelson borrowed this technique  from Danish cabinetmakers or this construction detail unique to his work.   This type of exposed knuckle joint was later widely adopted on dining tables by American Craft Furniture makers in the 1970’s.  The Nelson table #4656 is in the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Musem in Germany.  Dimensions H. 29.5″, W. 18.5″ – 65″ D.40″

The dining table was one of Nelson’s very early designs for Herman Miller.  He was appointed the company’s first Director of Design in 1945.  Max Depree the president of Herman Miller sought out George Nelson after the death of the great American designer Gilbert Rohde in 1944. Note: click on images to enlarge.

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Nelson Table fully open

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Underside of top showing spring catches to hold the legs in place when the table is closed

 

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Nelson Table with hinge detail along edge of leaf

 

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Top stamped #17. Hinge knuckle detail for drop leaf. A wire rod runs the width of the table to act as a hinge pin. A wood block is glued in to fix it in place.

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Gate leg joint detail on center pedestal

George Nelson's gate leg dining table

Detail of typical rule joint construction used on traditional furniture

 

 

 

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 xColor Block 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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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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