Turn the Table
December 10, 2010 5 Comments
While browsing through one of the local antique malls last weekend, I had the luck of stumbling across a simple, beautifully designed side table that really caught my eye. I had been searching for a piece that very size, and once I discovered the table’s little secret, I HAD to have it! The dropped-leaf sides are on hinges and lift up, then the whole tabletop swivels and rests on the base. Genius! The table was a little out of my price range, but its charm had already won me over! To make the purchase even more enticing, the vendor had taken the time to include a small blurb about the designer, Carl Malmsten. After getting the piece home and doing a bit more research, I was intrigued to learn of Carl Malmsten’s influence, particularly in his native Sweden, as a master furniture maker and teacher who “fought for the right of humans to experience beauty.” You gotta love that! Carl Malmsten’s impressive body of work more than cuts the mustard when compared to that of better-known furniture designers.
Sadly, I have yet to verify my table’s authenticity as a Malmsten creation. Although it does seem likely to have been designed by a student from the Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies Program, as the piece contains a “CM” makers mark under the table top.
Now, if I can just find a project where I can use that ‘swivel’ detail…