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Jules Wabbes 'Tonneau' Dining Table in Solid Wenge

Sale price$26,000.00

Jules Wabbes, 'Tonneau' conference table, wenge, metal, Belgium, 1960s

This large table is designed by Jules Wabbes. The model 'Tonneau', that translates as barrel features a solid wenge wooden top, made out of tangentially-sawn wenge slats. The table therefore features a wonderful pattern in the top. The geometric chromed base compliments this material and construction based approach perfectly. The construction and joints are visible and the desk has a clear constructive composition. Nothing is hidden, the detailing is supposed to be seen and contribute to its honest design.

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 characterized 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 postwar 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.
Please note that this item is in good, used condition.

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Product Details

  • condition Excellent
  • creator Jules Wabbes (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1960s
  • dimensions Height 29.93 in. Width 95.28 in. Depth 43.31 in.
  • dimensions Height 76 cm Width 242 cm Depth 110 cm
  • material Metal Wenge
  • origin Belgium
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45005254