Thursday, March 21, 2013
Another Rosewood Dining Loveliness Acquisition. This Dyrlund Lotus "Flip Flap" Dining Table Was Not What I Was After, But It Came Along For The Ride! Status: Magnificent, and already gone.
Over the weekend I managed to acquire a set of very fine Rosewood Kai Kristiansen dining chairs for our humble abode. Part of that score was this also very fine Rosewood Lotus table manufactured by Dyrlund. You might think me crazy, but this is not a keeper. I'm far to enamored of my Florence Knoll dining table to give it up.
Maybe I just need another dining room? No no...that's just crazy talk! Right? Nope, decision made,
this amazing dining table will find a new home. I just can't keep it. It's the wrong shape for our dining
room anyway. And when the leaves are deployed...it's just too Big!
Wow, just look at that Rosewood. It's just so gorgeous that it's a shame we aren't surrounded by it more
in our everyday lives. But Rosewood is not cheap (Brazilian Rosewood is an endangered species) and it's
a very hard wood. This is perhaps why we don't see as much of it as maybe we'd like.
But almost as interesting as the marvelous graining in the wood is the ingenious leaf expansion trickery this
table pulls off. Closed, the table measures a touch over 43". There are four folded panels tucked away
under the top that pull out and "flip" over to expand the table to a sizable 59". Oh, and you might have
noticed in the photos that there are more than the six Kai Kristiansen "Z" dining chairs that I blogged
about a few days ago. Yeah, there are actually ten in all.
Unfortunately, the "extra" four chairs are in various states. Three of them need to be upholstered but
have also been modified with glue blocks and screws to (I'm guessing) shore up the frames and legs.
The repairs are signed and dated on the glue blocks. Weird. The last chair is ganked pretty bad. The
left "arm" was broken off and there is some lose of wood at the break. It's not a simple fix by any
estimation. I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with these extra chairs.
Even the pedestal base is made of Rosewood. This was not a cheap table! I haven't seen any like this
on eBay lately. I've only seen it listed by independent dealers for big bucks but I'd like to find out what
the real world thinks this is worth. Not that it matters, but I can't even find one on 1stDibs!