Stainless Steel 'Luar' Op Art Dining Table by Ross Littell for ICF

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Extremely rare and beautiful, "Luar" dining table designed by Ross Littell for ICF, De Padova, Italy in 1972. This is a truly wonderful example of art functioning as table.

The Luar dining table with the original and wonderful, stainless steel, op art top has never been reissued and is by far the rarest of the entire range of 'Luar' tables. This is a truly wonderful design which is very rarely seen.

The word "LUAR" means moonlight in Portuguese and perfectly captures the mood and quality of the light reflected from the table's surface.

The table's surface is made up of 50, brushed finish, stainless steel tiles. The individual steel tiles vary in both the angle and depth of their brushed finish resulting in a stunning interplay of light reflection and refraction creating a beautiful optical "shimmering" effect. This, the largest of the 'Luar' series of tables and illustrates this beautiful effect to its absolute optimum.

Ross Littell was living in Italy in the early 1970s and here you can clearly see the influence of master Italian artist Getulio Alviani. Alviani was best known for his "Vibrating Texture Surfaces" sculptures finished in steel and aluminum . Please see image 9 for photo of Alviani's "superficia testura vibratile" from 1964. As Argan wrote: "These works -in which the artist's operation induces particular effects of luminous reflection and refraction -are both works of art in the usual sense of the term and promoters of visual experience.

The steel grid motif also clearly shows the influence of the American minimalists such as Carl Andre. Please see image 10 for photo of Andre's "weathering piece" from 1970. Andre was famous for his sculptures made of ordinary Industrial materials which are arranged directly on the floor in simple linear arrangements or grids. By reducing sculpture to its most basic elements and re-orientating it from the vertical to the horizontal plane, Andre helped to redefine the possibilities of sculpture for a whole generation of artists.

Exploring his own fascination with geometry, nature and motion, Littell experimented with making his own large-scale incised metal wall hangings that he called luminars, the table name "LUAR" clearly also references the influence of these wall hangings on the design of this table.

Literature: Casa Vogue, issue November-December 1972,page 134 (photographed by famous architectural and design photographer Aldo Ballo). The article adds that the price varied according to size and height and confirms the material as stainless steel.

"Repertorio 1950-80", page 367, G. Gramigna, Mondadori, 1985,
(please see image 2 ) ,illustrates the three coffee table variants that were also produced.

Biography: Ross Littell (1924-2000) was an American textile designer, artist and furniture designer. Littell's characteristic designs were practical, purposeful and fun. ''The New Furniture'' collection, with its combination of angularity and luxury in Belgian marble, shiny chrome and woven white leather straps that he designed with William Katavolos and Douglas Kelley for the Laverne Company in 1952, is now considered an important collectible from the period. The sling-leather and chrome-frame T-Chair from that series is in the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Ross Franklin Littell was born on July 14, 1924, in Los Angeles. After military service, he received a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York. In 1949, when he was 25, he won an award from the American Institute of Decorators for a low coffee table on tubular steel legs with a top made of birch dowls strung together inside a gumwood frame with handles.

Littell's work quickly attracted the attention of such prominent manufacturers as Knoll and Herman Miller, for whom he worked extensively in the 1950's and 60's. In the 1960s he introduced the ‘graphic look’ into textiles by composing textile patterns, consisting of individual lines creating infinite geometrical figures. His patterns are also renowned for the way they combine light and shade to create the graphical-optical illusion of being three-dimensional. He moved to Copenhagen in 1960 and then to Italy, where he also worked on textile and furniture designs for prominent European manufacturers, among them Unika Vaev in Denmark and ICF DePadova in Italy.

Exploring his fascination with geometry, nature and motion, he experimented with making large-scale incised metal wall hangings that he called luminars. He also developed innovative fabric patterns based on the play of arithmetical combinations and a sense of rhythmic movement.

Littell continued to present new furniture and textile designs while expanding his interests to designing art, carpets and tiles for corporate settings. Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal included his textile work in the exhibition ''Design: What Modern Was, 1935-65'' in 1991 at the I.B.M. Gallery in New York.

Details

  • Condition
    Good. Very nice original condition, condition report on request..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    28.35 in. H x 74.8 in. W x 39.37 in. D
    72 cm H x 190 cm W x 100 cm D
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, Netherlands
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU93013049792
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2012

Typical response time: 4 hours

Located in bergen op zoom, NL

More from this Seller

Large Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Pirkka' Dining Table Laukaan Puu, Finland, 1955
Large Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Pirkka' Dining Table Lauk...
Ilmari Tapiovaara, Laukaan Puu
Pine
The largest of the Pirkka series dining tables by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, Finland, 1950s This old 1950s production Pirkka table has been heat treated and refurbished with ...
Beautiful Cini Boeri 'Lunario' Table or Desk, Original Gavina Edition, Italy
Beautiful Cini Boeri 'Lunario' Table or Desk, Orig...
Cini Boeri
Steel, Glass, Chrome
Stunning and rare 'Lunario' dining table by Italian architect Cini Boeri, a true Minimalist masterpiece, this wonderful example is from the original Italian edition released by Gavina (...
Exquisite Willy Rizzo dining set, signed and published in CASA VOGUE
Exquisite Willy Rizzo dining set, signed and publi...
Willy Rizzo
Stainless Steel
Superb and very rare 1970 Willy Rizzo dining set comprising eight extremely rare carver chairs in finished cognac leather with stainless steel frames complete with the matching Ri...
Stainless steel table with mirror top featuring central bar/planter,Ny Form,1970
Stainless steel table with mirror top featuring ce...
Giovanni Ausenda, Guido Baldi Grossi, Gianni Gavioli
Stainless Steel, Mirror, Laminate
“Shillings” table by AUSENDA,BALDO GROSSI and GAVIOLI, 1970, produced by NY FORM (Bologna),Italy Superb stainless steel table with smoked mirror top, very Zen when you display a t...
Stunning 1970s Italian Stainless 'Floating' Coffee Table by Saporiti
Stunning 1970s Italian Stainless 'Floating' Coffee...
Giovanni Offredi, Saporiti Italia
Steel, Stainless Steel, Plywood
A real stunning looking stainless steel Italian coffee table with insert bar or planter by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti, 1970s. This coffee table is for the 'Tebe' series that was m...
Illuminated Sculptural Table By Ph Jean For Galerie Eric And Xiane Germain Paris
Illuminated Sculptural Table By Ph Jean For Galeri...
Philippe Jean
Brass, Ceramic, Stainless Steel, Chrome, Plexiglass
Beautiful and super rare illuminated coffee table by French sculptor Philippe Jean edited by the highly prestigious and renowned Galerie Eric and Xiane Germain ,Paris, 1970. The gal...
Italian, 1970s Sculptural Coffee or Side Table Nickel-Plated Steel, Wood & Glass
Italian, 1970s Sculptural Coffee or Side Table Nic...
Roberto Gabetti and Aimaro Isola
Steel, Smoked Glass, Nickel, Hardwood
High quality manufactured Italian coffee or side table with sculptural shaped nickel-plated solid steel legs A smoked glass top is set in a rosewood colour lacquered hardwood to wher...
Custom-Made Little Roger Capron Table for Vallauris, France 1960s
Custom-Made Little Roger Capron Table for Vallauri...
Roger Capron, Vallauris
Ceramic, Plywood
A very cute and probably custom made small round coffee or side table by French ceramic designer Roger Capron for Vallauris The ceramic tiles have distinctive organic leaf prints tha...
Marc Newson "coast' Dining Set ,Magis, Italy ,this example exhibited at Philadephia museum of art.
Marc Newson "coast' Dining Set ,Magis, Italy ,this...
Marc Newson
Fabric, Upholstery, PVC
This actual example has been on exhibit at the 'Mark Newson- AT HOME' exhibition held at the Philadelphia museum of art during November 23, 2013 - April 20, 2014. Originally designed...
Rare coffee table by italian architect Lorenzo Forges Davanzati, 1961,published
Rare coffee table by italian architect Lorenzo For...
Lorenzo Forges Davanzati
Stainless Steel, Wood
Supremely elegant and super rare coffee table by Milan architect Lorenzo Forges Davanzati, produced by ELAM,Italy in1961. This design was produced in two sizes this is the larger and...
1950s Perforated Metal Mategot Style Dutch Nesting Tables by Floris Fiedeldij
1950s Perforated Metal Mategot Style Dutch Nesting...
Artimeta Soest, Floris H. Fiedeldij
Metal
Very rare set of three colored nesting tables with colorful perforated metal tops. Dutch designer Floris H. Fiedeldij who worked for Artimeta Soest found his inspiration in the 1950s...
Dutch Metaform Steel and Glass coffee table in the style of Poul Kjaerholm
Dutch Metaform Steel and Glass coffee table in the...
Metaform Holland
Steel, Glass
A very sturdy (dog didn't believe this) small coffee table by Dutch company Metaform Heavy chromed steel frame and a thick glass top in the style of Poul Kjaerholm and Preben Fabric...