Posted 4 years ago
Although an anonymous design, this kind of tables are an absolute design icon, as well as an icon of the 50s' style. I have always loved these tables... and not only the shape of the table-top, but that of the legs (plus the fact of there being three legs) and the way they're attched to the table, with a simple prism shape.
When talking about Italian pottery from the 1950s, I mentioned how strong the influence of art was in those designs. Last week I had the chance to watch an art exhibition on the work of the Spanish painter José Guerrero, focused on his New York years (1950-1966; he used to exhibit at the Betty Parsons Gallery, the same one where did Rothko, Pollock, Newman... although he was inside the action Painting movement, he was considered to have a very special and different style, no doubt due to the influence of Spanish art) and amongst the first works he made there are these engravings (Pic.3) that show quite simmilar shapes. So there was also an influence of art in design... or was design on art? In any case, those shapes can be widely found in design during the 1950s.
On pic.4 you can see a close view of our living room at The Other House where you may recognize other items that have already been shared here: the Lady sofa by Marco Zanusso, the Anzengruber African woman figurine and the yellow Murano ashtray.
I also want you to pay attention to the floor. These tiles are hidraulic tiles that were made in Spain during the 50s/60s. The great thing about them is that unlike those traditional ones that were handmade using stencil-like devices (so all of them look the same), these were also handmade but freely decorated, so all of them are completely different. I have seen them in four of five different designs and all of them look amazing, giving the space that unique 50s look. I'm really glad Carlos kept them when he bought the place!