Rare Variation "Typenko" Side/Coffee Table with Steel Base by Axel Einar Hjorth For Sale
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Rare Variation "Typenko" Side/Coffee Table with Steel Base by Axel Einar Hjorth

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As creative director for the furniture division of the exclusive Nordiska Kompaniet department store (1929-1938), Axel Einar Hjorth (1888-1959) demonstrated a remarkable dexterity at working in numerous historical and contemporary styles with consistent originality, elegance and wit. This sleek side/coffee table was introduces as part of his Typenko collection of 1931, an unapologetically glamorous reaction to the dominance of Functionalism (the Swedish variant of International Modernism) at the Stockholm Exhibition of the previous year. The sophisticated table is essentially a simple pedestal type to which Hjorth applied nuances of proportion and materials to extraordinary result. The top and pedestal are birch stained a rich brown calibrated in depth to unify its overall appearance while still allowing the graining (spiral cut on the top) to come though, imbuing the birch with an exotic and luxurious sensibility. More urbane than utilitarian, the steel disk base in turn draws warmed from the wood and provides it with a dazzling counterpart. The top of this particular iteration of the model features a rare, perhaps custom, variation in its use of pinwheel quarters of veneer on the top. (The model was more commonly finished with a single, less figured piece of veneer.) Crafted in Nordiska Kompaniet’s renowned workshop, the table bears its metal tag numbered "RS611061235." Literature: Björk, Ekström and Erikson, Axel Einar Hjorth: Möbelarkitekt, Stockholm, Signum 2009, pg. 123

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1931
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Steel,StainedBirch,StainedElm
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 22 in. x Dm 31.5 in.H 55.88 cm x Dm 80.01 cm
  • Diameter
    31.5 in. (80.01 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU91418675053
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