Jules Wabbes Large and Custom Made Coffee Table in Wengé
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Jules Wabbes, extra large coffee table, wenge, steel, brass, Belgium, circa 1970.
Well designed and custom made low rectangular table with end grain wooden top in wenge. The length of this particular table is truly exceptional and unique. The frame is made of coated black steel and the solid frame features brass feet. The table is executed with a thick top of end-grain wenge pieces. This table is a great example of the great craftsmanship of Jules Wabbes. The design is simplistic, yet executed in luxurious material and high quality, time-consuming techniques like the cross-cut top.
Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was a Belgian furniture designer, architect and professor. He wasn't (as many of his contemporaries) trained as a designer or architect but learned the Craft of designer furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture was in need of restoration. Therefore, he opened a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Alongside restoration he also started to design furniture. His work is aristocratic and modest, and characterised by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the post-war period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.