The work of this San Francisco-based designer and decorator incorporates striking originality and wit. The galvanized tin surfaces of this table are molded to simulate the supple draping of fabric, despite being rendered in a rigid material (inspiration came from a tapestry-covered table in the designer's apartment). With its decorative effect and unlikely juxtaposition of material and form, Dickinson's work predates and foreshadows similar experiments in post-modernist design.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (brass plaque, bottom right corner of one side, engraved): John Dickinson LXVIII
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.