Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Is This A Knoll Table? There's No Label But There's One Tell Tale Sign. I Just Can't Find Another Like It Anywhere. Can My Amazing Readership Help? Status: Mysterious.
I found this big heavy steel and walnut pedestal dining table over the weekend languishing at the South County Value Village. No price so at first I thought it was already sold. Then I noticed that NONE of the furniture had prices! So, although I hate having to, I asked. Then I purchased.
So here it is in all it's glory. Yeah, that big one piece walnut top is in kinda rough shape, finish wise. I'm
not worried. I've already talked to Dan, who has refinished two Brasilia dining tables for me - one of
which we looked at yesterday, and he's keen on taking a stab at it.
Isn't this base just spectacular all by itself? Everything takes a magnet so I guess it's brass plated where
it looks like brass. I know this...it's heavy. Really...really heavy. I had to take this all apart in the thrift
and shoulder the base out to the car. I was huffin' and puffin'.
The heft speaks to heavy duty use expectations and furthers my belief that this may in fact be a Knoll
product. My Knoll - Florence Knoll dining table base also weighs a ton. I love the raw welds where
the pedestal meats the base plate, which also looks like raw steel. This all looks like something out the
Anthropology or Restoration Hardware catalog. Unfortunately, I can't seem to ID this table. I'm 90%
sure it's a Knoll table because of the table top construction and shape.
The construction of this table top is identical to the top on my Florence Knoll dining table. Both have
that thin rim of banding around the outside edge. Both have a thin veneer of walnut on the bottom and
another veneer of walnut on the top with a thick layer of HDF or Hardboard in the middle. This top,
like the base, is seriously heavy. Unfortunately, Unlike my Florence Knoll dining table, there is no label
on the bottom of this table top. Nor on the base anywhere. The top only has mounting holes where it
was attached to this base. Can anybody out there confirm that this is (or definitively Isn't) a Knoll table?