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Pine Trestle Table by John Dickinson, 1970

$18,500Asking Price


John Dickinson's strong architectural point of view, as well as his attention to detail are very evident in this original commission. Designed to function as a desk/writing table with drawer for client Lawrence Maloney. Original drawings referenced SFMOMA archives. "Renowned for his imaginative fusion of austerity and fantasy, elegance and humor, John Dickinson (1920-1982) crafted many of the most innovative American interior and furniture designs of the 20th century. Dickinson preferred to make dramatic contrasts with the scale, shape and patina of furniture and accessories rather than through the use of color and pattern. With a spare, classically derived idiom, he drew inspiration from selective historical references, heightened in scale and assembled in a sophisticated yet casual manner. Dickinson’s highly original and detailed furniture—tin-skirted tables, animal-leg chairs, and African inspired stools and tables—exemplifies his flair for mixing unusual materials such as galvanized metal, white plaster and faux bamboo with a figurative playfulness. A Berkeley native, Dickinson studied at the Parsons School of Design before taking a job in display at Lord & Taylor. He left New York for San Francisco where he became well-known for his idiosyncratic approach. With clients ranging from the Sonoma Mission Inn to art patrons to department stores, Dickinson’s fantasies and individual character made him one of America’s most astonishing decorators from the 1960s until his death in 1982 at the pinnacle of his career." - Darrin Alfred, SFMOMA curatorial associate of architecture and design, for an exhibition: "Fantasy and Function: The Furniture of John Dickinson" Sept. 2003 - March. 2004 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA


  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
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  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: U1002268425131

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