Rare Enzo Testa for Bernini Coffee Tables in Walnut Briar Burl and Steel
Enzo Testa for Bernini, set of three coffee tables, walnut briar burl, coated steel, rubber, Italy, circa 1980
A rare masterpiece designed by Enzo Testa for Bernini around 1980. These coffee tables fully showcase the individual characteristics of the wooden slab on top. Also known as briar burl, this section is the tumor-like growths between the roots and stem of the shrub. It is defined by an inconsistent pattern with brown and blond hues dominating the surface. The organic, free flowing edges of the wood contribute to a dynamic and natural appearance of the design. This free-form character of the top contrast beautifully with the stark simplicity of the base, consisting of tubular steel legs finished with round feet. The asymmetrical composition enhances the design's strength and visual appeal, a characteristic commonly found in post-war furniture design.
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