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Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Coffee Table

$4,800

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A patio coffee table in patinated bronze designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The table has a rectangular shape with rounded corners, supported by bunt tubular in matching bronze. The legs are joined by diagonal stretchers and a central runner that sit on the ground for support. The tabletop is a single piece of hammered glass that fits inside the bronze frame. Measurements: 41.5" width x 25.5" depth x 17” height. Condition: Excellent vintage condition: original glass has been cleaned; bronze has been cleaned and carries an age-appropriate patina.

Details

  • Creator
    Walter Lamb (Designer),Brown Jordan (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in (43.18 cm)Width: 41.5 in (105.41 cm)Depth: 25.5 in (64.77 cm)Seat Height: 1 in (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1645222330162

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Walter Lamb

Forward-looking architect Walter Lamb is best known for his revolutionary and widely loved patio furniture — he salvaged metal tubing from sunken ships in Pearl Harbor in the 1940s to create alluring chaise longues and other pieces for the backyard. His vintage furniture designs have been adorning patios worldwide for almost a century.

Trained as an architect at the University of California Berkeley campus, Lamb found himself in Hawaii during the 1940s. This period was a time of growth for furniture designers and manufacturers, as veterans were returning to the United States, getting married and starting families. These folks needed practical furniture for their new homes, and as the movement we now call mid-century modern took shape, imaginative architects and furniture makers would fill that need. Lamb was one such innovator.

Lamb worked the shaped tubing and fittings he’d gathered from battleship wreckage into proper frames and wrapped the structures in marine-grade cotton cording to create comfortable, element-proof outdoor furniture. Today his patio furniture has an esteemed place in the history of design. In fact, furniture enthusiasts are eager to restore and collect his iconic aged furniture rather than purchase reproductions.

Postwar California would become reputable as a manufacturing center for versatile furniture intended for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Seating, tables and other items — often made with rattan — produced by the likes of McGuire and Brown Jordan became a defining feature of organic modern living, a style that still characterizes many California interiors and influences innumerable design firms. Pasadena’s then-new Brown Jordan picked up Lamb’s designs, which eventually included dining tables, side tables and coffee and cocktail tables. And along with these furnishings, Lamb's sculptural vintage seating — his curvaceous lounge chairs and armchairs with cotton cord seats — while perfect for your fire pit, shouldn’t be relegated to outdoors-only settings.

Lamb received much acclaim for his work. The Museum of Modern Art in New York recognized his 1940s-era outdoor furniture for Brown Jordan with a design award.

On 1stDibs, find a noteworthy collection of vintage Walter Lamb furniture.

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