Fred Sandra for De Coene Dining Table in Walnut and Rosewood
Fred Sandra for De Coene, dining table ’Up 636’, walnut, rosewood, Belgium, 1960s.
A Belgian dining table designed by the brother of De Coene Fred Sandra, in the 1960s. The table features an extendable table top with beautiful details. For instance, in inlayed bookmatched rosewood veneer, which shows dark grains and flames. The folded side ends are a stunning detail as well.The top is supported by a walnut frame which shows sculptural shapes. The extendable table is part of the Madison series designed by Sandra for De Coene.
De Coene was founded in 1887 in Kortrijk (Belgium) by Jozef de Coene, who was at that time 13 years old. In 1895 his younger brother Adolphe joined the company. In their early years De Coene was inspired by Henry van de Velde, Art Deco and the Arts & Crafts-movement. The company made many custom made furnishings which leads to an expansive growth. After WWI, the brother visited the United States where they became acquainted with laminated wood production, and purchased a wood-stripping machine. They were the first company that made triplex in Belgium which led to the ability to mass produce. In 1954 they received the right to produce Knoll furniture. But although the company produced on a large-scale, there were still world famous for their meticulously detailed, high-quality and Art Deco inspired furniture.