Monday, September 1, 2014

I Don't Know...Is This A Travesty Or Utter Brilliance? Personally, I Love It. I Think This Danish Modern Inlaid Tile Drop Leaf Table Top Looks Fantastic Attached To This Florence Knoll Base...But I Won't Have To Live With It. Status: Hot Or Not?


I picked up the Florence Knoll base with half of a (LARGE) walnut conference table top.  Unfortunately, since it was just half a top, there is a full edge that is unfinished.  That top isn't marked Knoll either, so I don't even know if it was original.  I kicked around the idea of cutting that top down to a desk size but then I found this!


I've always loved these Teak and Tile drop leaf dining tables but have rarely found one that had a

cool looking base.  The base always looked like an after thought compared to the top.  Those amazing

tiles are a hard act to follow.  So when I found one of these tables for a very reasonable price on

craigslist yesterday I thought "Perfect!"  I can totally marry those to each other.  It'll look smashing.


And it does.  They look, to my eye, like they were made for each other.  I mean, with the drop leaves

up this is about the size of a small conference table...much like what many of the Florence Knoll

bases were attached to.  With them down, it's the perfect size for a personal desk.  Or, as the top was

originally intended, this is a nice space saving flexible dining table.  I probably should have shot a pic

of it, but the drop leaves can be taken off completely as well, making for a small four / six person

dining table.


But I can't shake the feeling that I'm committing some sort of vintage modern sin by cobbling these

tow disparate pieces together.  Am I welding the front of a motorcycle to the back of a Volkswagen

?  Just because one can accomplish something, doesn't mean it should be done.


Just for comparison, here's what the original base looks like on the table.  It's nothing special.  It's not

solid teak either (though nether is the top...though nether is an original Knoll walnut top!).  This was

 prabably a flat pack "some assembly required" table back in the '70s.  I wish I knew more about the

Tile Art done on these tables.  This set is signed although I can't really make it out.  As soon as I get

some room in one booth or another I'll be dropping this Frankensteined piece off for your personal

perusal and judgement.  Let me know what ya think: Hot or Not?


  1. I actually prefer the original base.

  2. I think the Knoll looks undersized for the new tabletop. I'd keep it on the original base and keep looking for the right top for the Knoll.

  3. It’s good, MMT. I saw a lot of these tile ‘n teak tables in Danish furniture stores a number of years ago. They always looked good to me but like your other reader that commented they preferred the original base, I do too. I think it’s the chrome that makes me agree. - midmichigan

  4. I, too, prefer the original trestle base. From the pictures it appears that the Knoll base would interfere with foot and chair space. Save the Knoll until you find the perfect top for it. - Minnesota

  5. Wow, huh...

    I did not expect this, but it looks like the nays are carrying the day.

    I guess I'll just clean it up and offer it as found with a nice set of Erik Buck dining chairs.

  6. I agree with the others; I think the proportions are better with the original base!

  7. orig base. knoll too tippy for size of this table

  8. Original base. The other one hurts my face.