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Iconic Billy Haines Faux Bamboo Console Table

$12,500 Asking Price

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This Billy Haines original vintage 1970’s faux bamboo console table is an incredibly special and rare piece to add to your collection. The table has beautiful lines and is quite elegant with an impressive understated aesthetic with special attention to details and materials. The faux bamboo design style is accented with brass metal details, and glass shelves. The size, shape and scale make it a perfect console or entry table. There were only a few of these special tables ever made by the infamous Hollywood interior designer Billy Haines, making it a rare opportunity for true Billy Haines fans and collectors as coveted tables like this are very scarce to find. The original leather top was replaced with 1/4" clear glass top due to aging.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 45 in. (114.3 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Previous leather top was replaced with glass top. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CF73141stDibs: LU817828143182

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    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

William Billy Haines

Plenty of prolific designers started off on slightly different tracks than those on which they ended up, but rarely did they begin their careers in a totally different industry like William “Billy” Haines did. Before he gained a reputation as a furniture designer and decorator to Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, Haines (1900–73) was himself a star of the silver screen.

After leaving his native Virginia as a young man, Haines earned modeling and acting jobs in New York City and then won a Goldwyn Studios talent contest in the early 1920s. The next frontier was California, where he would go on to appear in more than 50 films. His acting career was halted abruptly in 1933, allegedly because he refused to leave his partner, British footballer Jimmy Shields, at the request of his representation at MGM Studios. Whether it was the fact that Haines was one half of Hollywood’s first openly gay marriage or that there were other factors at play, MGM cofounder Louis B. Mayer canceled his contract.

Luckily for Haines, he’d nurtured a side career that kept him on Hollywood’s radar: He was a prominent antiques dealer on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Haines dedicated himself full-time to both dealing and designing furniture as soon as his tenure as a leading man came to an end.

Haines collaborated with the era’s biggest names in architecture and created a desert living room for the San Francisco World’s Fair that featured walls made of California Joshua wood and a painting by Georgia O’ Keeffe. He paid close attention to lighting design, employed hand-painted wallpaper and favored featuring Chinese ceramics alongside Chippendale chairs and ottomans for entertaining. His most famous clients included Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Betsy Bloomingdale and more. Crawford played a significant role in kick-starting his career when she commissioned Haines to decorate her entire home in Brentwood.

Haines was such an esteemed tastemaker that he’s among those credited with having cemented Hollywood Regency as a reputable design style. (Its origins are owed to influential interior decorator Dorothy Draper.) While he gravitated toward the look of chinoiserie and English furniture, his signature was low-level seating and giltwood accents. Haines’s style was so in vogue that Nancy Reagan became one of his biggest fans and eventually enlisted Ted Graber, Haines’s successor following his death in 1973, to decorate several private and public rooms in the White House.

At 1stDibs, browse a collection of armchairs, lighting fixtures and more designed by William Haines.

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