Table / coffee table in ashwood in a rosewood, black or grey stain with a special veneer featuring vertical veins on edges and continuing down to the legs.
This small table along with a similiar dining height table designed by Mies van der Rohe for his Berlin apartment in the early 1920's (circa 1921-22) are the first examples we have been able to locate of the type of table popularly know as the "Parson table". This is a type of square or rectangular table with square legs at hte corners. When finished in natural wood, the graining on the legs runs in the same direction as that of the sides of the top and there is no visual break in the veneer or wood where the leg joins the top. The separation between the top and legs is, thereby, eliminated and the table seems almost to have been cut out of a cube. Most important of all, an essential characteristic of the parson tables that the thickness of the top tends to be greater then the width of the leg. Independently of Mies, the same type of table appears in France in the late 1920's in various homes and apartments decorated by J.M. Frank and his partner Adolfe Charnaux. Legend has it that when Frank went to the U.S.A. in 1940, he brought the idea to the New York Parson School of Design where he lectured and, hence, the name. Although the tables of Mies and Frank were never mass-produced under their names, the "Parson tables" became very popular throughout the world (particulary in the U.S.A.) and has been produced by many manufactures as an anonymous design. The proportions have often been varied and very frequently, the thickness of the legs or the top has been increased with the result that very few of these later versions of the parsons table have the subtle grace of the tables of Mies or of Frank.