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Walter Lamb Hawaiian Cafe Tables, circa 1945

$4,600

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Early example of Walter Lamb manufactured in Hawaii prior to Walter moving back to California in 1947. Koa wood top on a thin tube base from the cafe of a Miami Marina. This table has slightly different dimensions when compared to Series One Brown Jordan examples of this design which were manufactured under license by Brown Jordan after 1948. The table is in excellent vintage condition with the top having been professionally refinished.

Details

  • Creator
    Walter Lamb (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.5 in (69.85 cm)Width: 34 in (86.36 cm)Depth: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Welded
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Shows its age having been in a marina for 50+ years. Top has been re-coated with marine varnish within the last ten years. Nice example of a relatively early Walter Lamb table.
  • Seller Location
    Camden, ME
  • Reference Number
    Seller: App 651stDibs: U110227898477

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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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