While the minimal coffee table above looks like a typical piece any modern furniture company might offer, the original was designed by the prolific Art Deco designer Paul Frankl c. 1940. When coffee tables were only starting to come in this must have looked startlingly modern. The coffee table simply consists of 2 freestanding supports with an acrylic top. The supports were lacquered in black. We could make an exact replica of this piece. However, it is interesting to speculate what this might have looked like if Frankl had designed it 10 years earlier, during his 'Skyscraper furniture' years. The following designs attempt to address that.
This is a new range of tables designed to capture the essence of Art Deco styling. These are original designs but definately capture the flavour of Deco - especially Paul Frankl's work. The stepped bases make a very strong profile in the room. The acrylic/glass top allows you see the architectural shaped bases better. There are a range of matching console and dining tables to go with these dining tables (see Art Deco Tables index).
The acrylic / glass top allows the un-obstructed view of the base profile, but it could be supplied with a solid top if preferred. Then add in some typical Frankl or Deco colours and you have a striking coffee table. We have shown several colour options below for ideas. Although the painted versions are the most striking we could do these in any wood finish you prefer. Using silver leaf or painting the edges in a 2nd contrasting colour was a typical Frankl detail he regularly used, which emphasises the stepped shapes even more (see below). As they are made bespoke we could do it as a square or rectangular top coffee table. They really offer a wonderful Deco statement and splash of colour. Made to order. We don't give sizes or prices until we have agreed a spec. with a customer.
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