I’m shopping for a client’s living room coffee table. As we discuss personal wishes along with integrating into the overall scheme, I must take a 30,o00 foot approach to what’s fueling our process… And yet again, it checks back to socio-economic climate/general wellbeing. It always has! When the economy is good, when the social climate is stable – designs tend to be riskier, less hard-edged. A perfect example of this is the biomorphic movement which focuses on organic forms in nature. This drove furniture design and architecture from greats such as Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, & Alvar Aalto. The movement arose after World War II, when the public wasn’t as concerned with machines, rations, & wartime. Let’s assess our current status: the Dow is high, real estate remains strong, and the US has pulled out of Afghanistan & Iraq. Checkmate.
Here are some fascinating finds & their provenance. Andorinha Coffee Table by Jorge Zalszupin in Brazilian Jacaranda.
Jorge Zalszupin Jacaranda Coffee Table
Sidewinder Coffee Table by Plateaux
Outstanding Paul Evans Studio Coffee Table, USA, 1960s
A 1970s Glass Low Table on Bronze and Lucite Base attributed to Albrizzi
Verner Panton Verpan Ilumesa Coffee Table or Lamp in Orange Color
For details on any of the tables above, please contact me! Have a great Thursday. xoEB